On the first Sunday of the new year, under a cloudless sky at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon Trinity Baptist Church of Moreno Valley had their groundbreaking ceremony initiating the four phase development of what will be one of the largest Worship/Education facilities in Moreno Valley.
The ceremony was held on the building site which is located near the corner of Ironwood and Redlands just North of the 60 freeway in Moreno Valley. The 18.8 acre site will eventually become a self-contained campus that provides worship, education, recreation, and living facilities. Under the 4-phase development, Trinity will build a 800-seat sanctuary as phase I, construct a 500-seat fellowship facility as Phase II, expand the sanctuary to seat 1300 as Phase III and build an educational facility complete with gymnasium as Phase IV. The fellowship facility will house a pre-school and the educational facility will contain grades 1 through 12.
Over 300 members and invited guests attended the ceremony including the Honorable Charles White, Mayor of Moreno Valley, Dr. Dale Saleco and Dr. John Hopkins from the American Baptist Churches of The Pacific South West and Pastor Rick Hall from Crosswinds Church which is adjacent to the Trinity site. Some former members came from as far away as Las Vegas to attend this historic event. Actual construction will begin the second quarter of the year as soon as final plans are signed off by the city. The first phase is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2004 and the next phase will commence before the end of 2004.
According to Ken Johnson, one of the church trustees and head of the building committee, the construction project will try to use as many qualified minority subcontractors as it can find based on successful competitive bid selection. The trustee board and the contractor are currently recruiting licensed minority contractors in all disciplines who may want to bid on the project. All inquiries should be sent to: Trinity Baptist Church, 22612 Alessandro Blvd., Moreno Valley, CA 92553. Attention: Ken Johnson. The projects architect is Ray Martinez and Associates in Yucaipa and the general contractor is Roy Thomas of Builders Design Concepts in Rancho Cucamonga.
The pastor of the church Dr. Joseph Gueste, says that when completed the facility will provide membership growth and the physical structure needed to implement the churchs vision of providing a complete nurturing environment that encompasses all of the members, that meets their physical, social and spiritual needs and it will also give Trinity the opportunity to expand its current programs and activities. Trinitys current membership of over 1300 makes it the largest predominately African American church in Moreno Valley and one of the largest in the Inland Empire. The church is only 18 years old and has experienced phenomenal growth which is expected to continue at a greater rate when the new facilities are completed.
Trinity is currently worshipping at 22612 Alessandro Blvd. (Alessandro at Elsworth) in Moreno Valley where it has been housed for the past 10 years. The church currently has 24 ministries and auxiliaries and the new facility will allow the addition of many more. Pastor Gueste states the church will continue to have two Sunday services even after the facilities are completed.
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