Trinity A.M.E. Church began as a prayer and praise group at the home of Mrs. Axie Bryant on Gammon Avenue in South Atlanta, Georgia. For several years
Mrs. Bryant served as the only Stewardess. The exact date of the formal organization of Trinity A.M.E. Church is unknown. But more than a century later,
Trinity remains a leader in the South Atlanta and Southwest Atlanta communities.
In the early years, many great ministers were appointed to pastor Trinity A.M.E. Church. Each pastor provided dynamic leadership and contributed to the
making of a great Trinity.
October of 1967, Rev. Preston Williams became the 27th pastor of Trinity A.M.E. Church. Exhibiting dynamic leadership with a strong sense of loyalty and
devotion to the mission of the church, Rev. Williams lead the congregation to purchase our present edifice and open the Trinity A.M.E. Day Care and Early
Rev. S. W. Wicker became Trinity’s 28th pastor, and under his leadership Trinity’s membership and the number of church organizations grew. During Rev.
Wicker’s tenure Trinity’s day care center was greatly improved and became fully certified.
Dr. A. J. Richardson became Trinity’s 29th pastor. During his tenure three choirs and two usher boards were organized, additional property was acquired, and
over three hundred new members joined the church.
In 1979, Trinity was blessed by the spectacular leadership of Rev. G. S. Hardeman, who was the son of a former pastor of Trinity A.M.E. Church. Rev.
Hardeman redesigned the Sunday Nursery, appointed a Junior Pastor, organized a Junior Church Choir named “The Ellis Ensemble,” and established a Board
of Directors for Trinity’s Day Care Center. Fire doors and two furnaces were installed in the Center, new carpeting and a Communion Room were installed in
the sanctuary, and graveled parking spaces were made available for worshipers.
June of 1982, Rev. Morrie L. Hood was appointed to pastor Trinity A.M.E. Church. Under Rev. Hood's leadership, the Young Adult Choir and the Young People’
s Department were reorganized and numerous church renovations and augmentation were accomplished.
July of 1983, Rev. T. Leander Mency became Trinity’s 35th pastor, where he served until his demise in March of 1988. Under Rev. Mency’s leadership, new
choir robes for the Adult, Young Adult, and Children's Choirs were purchased, the first Commodore computer was purchased for Trinity’s Day Care Center, the
church mortgage of seventeen years was liquidated, more than fifty new members joined the church, the upstairs education rooms were remodeled, and the
parking area was completed.
Rev. Dr. Jeffery B. Cooper was the 36th of Trinity A.M.E. Church. Dr. Cooper was appointed to Trinity in June of 1988 and served Trinity’s congregation and
the Southwest Atlanta, Georgia community for 23 years. Under Dr. Cooper’s visionary leadership, Trinity A.M.E. Church’s membership has increased, the
entire church edifice has been completely renovated and remodeled, a pre-kindergarten program has been developed and instituted, and an educational annex
was erected in 2000.
The 37th and current pastor of Trinity is Rev. Vandy Carl Simmons. Rev. Simmons and his wife, Dr. Bonita Morrow Simmons were assigned to Trinity by
Presiding Prelate Preston W. Williams, II in October 2012. They continue to uphold Trinity's rich heritage. During Pastor Simmons 4 year tenure, Trinity has
increased its presence on the South Atlanta District within the Lay Organization, W.M.S. and Y.P.D. Trinity also hosted several major district events, such as
the SAD Annual Advent Service, Sunday School convention, Welcome reception for new Presiding Elder and several other events. Pastor Simmons was able to
update carpeting in the foyer, atrium and several classrooms in the ELC. Also the ELC Board of Directors was re-established. Upon the beginning of each
school year, Pastor Simmons was able to have all classrooms freshly painted before the arrival of students. Trinity’ Chapter of the Sons of Allen was also
reengaged under Pastor Simmons’ pastorate and Trinity hosted the transfer of Presidency meeting for the 6th Episcopal District of the Sons of Allen to Rev.
The Reverend Conitras M. Houston was appointed as the 38th and goes down in Trinity’s history as its 1st female pastor by Bishop Reginald Jackson at the
6th Episcopal District’s Midyear Conference in Columbus, GA; making Rev. Houston one of the highest ranking female pastors in the state of Georgia. Rev.
Houston, who is referred to as Pastor C, has assumed her role as Senior Pastor and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Trinity ELC with fervor. She has
used her degree in Organizational Management to streamline and reorganize ministries for the betterment of the entire church. She has increased the social
media presence of Trinity and developed the #TryTrinity hashtag to increase our overall internet presence. Within weeks of Pastor C’s introduction to Trinity
she was able to engage the congregation into adding Television monitors throughout the sanctuary and the facility and the development of a “Trinity Wish List”
that cultivates the continual improvement of our facility.