Notably, we started our journey with prayer services in various homes seeking divine direction. Our answered prayers were fulfilled 38 months later on a bright, sunny Sunday afternoon in June 1973. The members of Trinity, along with many dignitaries, guests, and community members, took our Victory March from the Mount Zion Lodge #50 through the streets of Hackensack to our new church home at 218 Passaic Street. Following the ribbon-cutting by Rev. Richard H. and First Lady Mamie Puryear, they joyfully led us into our new sanctuary.
After 23 years of dedicated service, Rev. Puryear decided to retire on November 30, 1993, due to his failing health, and entrust the responsibility of his beloved congregation to the loving and spiritual care of Rev. Jonathan B. Whitfield.
In December 1993, Rev. Whitfield became the second pastor of the Trinity Church Family. Under his leadership, the church grew spiritually, numerically, and financially. As a result of membership growth, two morning worship services were instituted on July 6, 1997. Giving all glory to God, we acquired the vacant lot adjacent to our church and the building located at 259 Passaic Street, Hackensack, NJ, aptly named the Tri-Arc Building. With the spiritual guidance and furtherance of our Christian educational training under Pastor Whitfield, Trinity Baptist Church moved from Membership to Discipleship. There were no limits under his leadership. The members felt their duty was to raise the church to new horizons and unquestionable achievements while working harmoniously with our second pastor.
Two of the greatest accomplishments of Pastor Whitfield were his vision to contemporize the church—a world-class music ministry to complement his preaching, and Tri-Arc Community Development, which supports the underserved, especially children and ex-offenders. Pastor Whitfield accepted the call to another church in April 2014. From May 2014 through February 2015, Rev. Janel York rendered faithful and excellent service as the interim minister.
On February 15, 2015 the members of Trinity Baptist Church graciously extended the call to pastor to Rev. George Maize, IV. He was installed on June 14, 2015 and served until his resignation on September 25, 2022.