A brief history: Trinity UMC was founded in 1895 as a missional charge, 19 years after the city of DeLand was established. In 1898, the church moved into its first home on East Rich Avenue. The church name was changed in 1905 to Grace Methodist Church. During the early 1920’s the name reverted back to the original name. The building was sold in 1926 and the First Methodist Episcopal Church South moved into the building it occupies today. In 1968, the name was changed for the fifth time to Trinity United Methodist Church at the onset of the new United Methodist denomination.
For more in-depth information on our history or to take a tour of our Santuary, call the Church Office at (386) 734-4425 to schedule a guided tour with one of our History Committee members!
In 2009, Trinity UMC purchased ten acres of land on the west side of Plymouth Avenue and held a service of blessing on the new property in December of that year. In 2016, Trinity began a $1.3 million capital campaign for the new building and, in September 2017, the membership voted at a special church conference to approve the footprint and financial plan for new church building. By January 2018, Trinity had already accumulated over $840,000 toward the new building.
The reasoning behind our decision to move and build a new facility: There are many reasons why Trinity has determined that its facility no longer meets the needs of our church. We have a large building located just off the downtown area of DeLand (1926) and First UMC DeLand is located four blocks away from our present location. We have no room to expand, since the Volusia County School Board occupies all of the remaining parcels in our block. Although ours is considered a beautiful, somewhat historic building, old churches require more expensive and extensive upgrades than new structures in order to keep up with today’s modern features and technologies.
We have made the decision to be better stewards of our resouces and put our monies to better use, expanding programs, such as missions and outreach into the community and our world, Christian education of children, youth and young adults, Discipleship-making and witness programs. We have excellent and passionate lay leadership involvement at Trinity and are always looking for ways to better equip and train laity. We have a nice balance of age groups from infant to senior adult in the early contemporary worship service, but mainly senior adults in the later traditional service. Despite the fact that we are close to Stetson University, our single young adult age group is severely lacking. Trinity is predominately Caucasian but is experiencing more ethnic diversity in the congregation, as is the DeLand community.
The good news is that we have already raised over $840,000 of the $1.300,00 goal over a three-year period. With the sound advice of our building committee led by Alex Ford and our building architect, Dana Smith, under the leadership of our District Superintendent, Bob Bushong, we approved the building footprint and financial plan in September 2017. We are in the process now of hiring a licensed contractor to oversee the construction project and hope to break ground late summer-early fall of 2018. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!