Trinity Presbyterian Church, OKC

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Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Oklahoma City has a rich legacy, especially in the area of race relations and in the work for racial justice.
The church building at 2301 NE 23rd was built in 1945 as Creston Hills Presbyterian Church. By the late 1950s, white flight, as a reaction to school desegregation, had decimated the congregation.
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at Trinity Presbyterian Church! (h/t UCC)
Meanwhile, an all-black church, Bethany Presbyterian at NE 3 and Geary Avenue — land now under the on-ramp to Interstate 235 just east of Deep Deuce — was struggling because African-Americans were moving north. Bethany had recently merged with Mt. Moriah Presbyterian Church.
Both Bethany and Creston Hills were struggling amid upheaval in their neighborhoods. Creston Hills wanted to move or disband. The Washita Presbytery, precursor to the present Indian Nations Presbytery, considered it but ultimately rejected the idea.
In 1960, under the close hand of the presbytery, the churches came together in a merger to become the first formally integrated church in Oklahoma, Bethany-Creston Hills Presbyterian Church. The next year, it took a new name, Trinity Presbyterian Church.
Trinity pastors and lay people have always been active in race relations and efforts, formal and informal, to bring people together in the name of Jesus Christ.


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Sermon: “The New Beginning is Near”

“The New Beginning is Near,” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24. Third Sunday in Advent. December 17, 2017.

— Pastor Mize

Sermon: “Hold Your Four Horses”

“Hold Your Four Horses,” 2 Peter 3:8-15a. Second Sunday in Advent. December 10, 2017.

— Pastor Mize

Sermon: “To To! The History & Future of Trinity Presbyterian Church & its Work for Racial Justice”

“To To! The History & Future of Trinity Presbyterian Church & its Work for Racial Justice,” 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2017.

–Pastor Mize

Pastoral prayer: “The Republican Tax Bill is Not Just Immoral; It’s an Act of Violence”

Letter by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis in “The Guardian,” read by Rev. Richard Mize as Pastoral Prayer, First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 3, 2017.

— Pastor Mize

Sermon: “Who Are These People?”

“Who Are These People?” Matthew 25:31-46. Christ the King Sunday. November 26, 2017.

— Pastor Mize

Sermon: “Sinners, Saints, Souls & the Next 140,500 Days”

“Sinners, Saints, Souls & the Next 140,500 Days.” Romans 3:19-30, 1 John 3:1-3, Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9. Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time. November 12, 2017.

— Pastor Mize

Sermon: “Wingtips & Bootstraps”

“Wingtips & Bootstraps.” Matthew 22:34-40, Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18. Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. November 5, 2017.

— Pastor Mize

Presentation: “Facing Racism & Racists Anonymous”

“Facing Racism & Racists Anonymous,” talk by Rev. Richard Mize, at PCUSA Synod of the Sun IMAGINE 2017: Mission Connect, Nov. 4, 2017, Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, Irving, Texas.

— Pastor Mize

Trinity in 1964!

Some glimpses of Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), 2301 NE 23, Oklahoma City, from 1964, with Rev. David Shields and Dr. Kenneth McCollough greeting parishioners. (Courtesy of Presbyterian Historical Society).

— Pastor Richard Mize

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