At Trinity Reformed Church we are blessed to have members throughout multiple counties. To better serve the body, our session has chosen a practice that churches have used for centuries: organizing member households into smaller, geographical groups known as parishes. These parishes serve the body in a couple of ways. First, they give a natural connection to members who live close to one another (Proverbs 27:10). Secondly, they provide members with the spiritual oversight of an elder (Hebrews 13:17-18). Each parish also has a “Parish Leader” who work under parish elder to help organize events and provide encouragement. Creating parishes simplifies the call to bless and serve one another while giving all members the pastoral care they need.
This is not to discourage gathering with those outside your parish – we rejoice in the opportunity to gather with saints both far and near. Parishes give added opportunities to build relationships and receive encouragement from nearby members. When our church was small, we might have a Friday night hymn sing at someone’s home or a picnic at a park after church. The entire church was invited. We are now too large for the whole church to gather at one home or a park. So those types of fellowship events are organized according to parishes. It should be noted that a parish is different from the typical midweek, small group, home meeting that is popular in churches today. There is no weekly gathering of the parish. Rather, it is an organizational tool to facilitate fellowship events and provide the personal accountability of an elder.
If you don’t know what parish you are in, take a look at this map or contact us and we will be happy to help.
Want to be involved in a parish? Identify your parish with the map above and email email@example.com to be added to the parish email list for notifications of events.
Fuddled Worship: Why Virtual Worship is no Substitute for In-Person Worship
American Christians of recent vintage are eager to live as if the fourth commandment no longer applies—adopting a Lord’s Day theology revolving around the question of how much activity Christians can get away with on any given Sunday. This has become the enabling doctrine for the notion that virtual worship is a sufficient substitute for in-person worship.
Matt Carpenter taught history for fifteen years and has served in pastoral ministry for ten years. He is married to Amanda and they have four children: Phoebe, Simeon, Emmaline, and Olivia. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, and fishing.
David Francis is a Huntsville native and a ruling elder at Trinity. Like the majority of HSV, he works in the defense contracting world: specifically, in navigating autonomous vehicles. He earned a PhD at Mississippi State University in mechanical engineering and also had his 3 children with his wife Emily in Starkville. He’s an amateur musician and enjoys building/designing things: from woodworking, to businesses, to churches.
Jason Cherry is an elder at Trinity Reformed Church, as well as a teacher and lecturer of literature, American history, and economics at Providence Classical School in Huntsville, Alabama. He graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary with an MA in Religion and is the author of the book The Culture of Conversionism and the History of the Altar Call, now available on Amazon. He is husband to Traci, who is proficient at blessing others, and father to Anily and Gaby, who are gifted in the art of laughter.
Larson and his wife, Bethany, have 7 children. They were high school sweethearts in Texas and spent the first 10 years of their marriage in Moscow, ID, where Larson graduated from New St. Andrew’s College and Bethany from Washington State University. Larson is the CEO of Sycamore Independent Physicians – a healthcare staffing company focused on Emergency Medicine.
Drew Hicks is married to Alysia. They have four children, Johnna(8), Molly(6), Grady(3) and Maren(5 mos). Drew works in operations at a firetruck company.
Rodney and his wife Kymberley have four children and eight grandchildren. He is a retired Army veteran but continues to work for the government as a Director of Cybersecurity. He earned an MS degree in Cybersecurity from American Military University and teaches at Columbia College.
Daniel and his wife Lisa have two children: Joe and Jackie. Daniel received a PhD in electrical engineering and is co-founder and CTO of an engineering company based in Huntsville.
Matthew is married to Kristin, and together they have four children: Teddy, Miriam, Annie and Levi. Matthew spent the past 10 years serving as an Officer in the Marine Corps and currently works in commercial construction.
Brian and his lovely wife Denise were born and raised in Florida. They have been blessed with six beautiful daughters who fill their home with boundless joy and entertainment. Brian has degrees in Theology and Electrical Engineering and spent 20 years in the Power Industry. The McLains love to sing, dance, read, cook and play games, and they cherish the opportunities they get to serve and host others in their home.
We are excited to announce the addition of Pastor Chris Wiley to our ministry team. Pastor Wiley is the first to serve in this newly-created role at TRC called “Visiting Scholar” where he will be visiting Huntsville for approximately one week every other month to teach, preach, regularly contribute content to TRC’s blog and other media outlets.
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Chris has been happily married for over 30 years and he has three grown children. He resides in the state of Washington.
He has written for Touchstone Magazine, Modern Reformation, Sacred Architecture, The Imaginative Conservative, Front Porch Republic, National Review Online, and First Things, among others. His most recent book is, In the House of Tom Bombadil (2021). He is also the author of, The Household and the War for the Cosmos published by Canon Press (2019). His short fiction has appeared in The Mythic Circle (published by the Mythopoeic Society) and elsewhere, and the first book in his young adult fantasy series, The Purloined Boy was published by Canonball Books (2017). He is a board member of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters, as well as New Saint Andrews College.
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Trinity Reformed Church
Meeting: 3912 Pulaski Pike NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
Service is at 10:30am
Mailing: P.O. Box 174, Huntsville, AL 35804
Phone: (256) 223-3920