Church of The Trinity MCC Sarasota FL



Who we are

Church of the Trinity boldly proclaims a message of hope and inclusion.

Founded in the Christian tradition, our community seeks to provide a home for you to discover and express your unique spiritual path.

Our Whole Selves- Sexuality and Spirituality

We believe that even in our humanness, we are holy. We are liberated from other people’s definitions of who we are. We are made both body and spirit. We believe that our sexuality is a holy gift from God so we no longer distance our bodies from our experience with God. We are a people who proudly participate in the communion of body and spirit.

Social Justice and Action

Jesus led the way in acts of compassion and acts of justice. Because we have been a people in the margins of society, we understand fully the grace that God has extended to us. We seek to distance ourselves from exclusion and draw ourselves closer to including all those who are marginalized in any way. We stand boldly with those who resist the structures of exclusion, as Jesus did, and work to insure freedom for all people. In the margins, we are blessed.

God’s Transforming Grace

We come as we are to Christ and are changed by what we find. We experience a God with open arms, inviting all to take the sacred journey of faith and transformation. We are growing in our faith and claim that our place in society has magnified our place in God’s family. We are one of the many voices of God that, until now, has been lost in the margins!

The Value of Community

We believe our ultimate ministry is in the world. We know that in order to prepare ourselves for radical service that changes lives, we must equip ourselves and others in the safety of a supportive community. We strive to live out a message that rejects the idea that any are excluded from the family of God.

Build Bridges that Liberate and Unite

We have experienced the soul destruction that comes from hate filled rhetoric. In restoring our souls, we have come to find that our voices will speak the liberation that comes through peace, compassion, love, respect and grace. As followers of Jesus, we believe in everyone’s holy privilege to work out their own salvation. While we are a Christian church who follows Jesus, we respect those of other faith traditions and work together with them to free all those who are oppressed by hate, disregard and violence.

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Church of The Trinity MCC
7225 Lockwood Ridge Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243-4526
United States
Phone: (941) 355-0847
Fax: (941) 351-0750
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Rev. Lillie Brock
Rev. Lillie Brock
Senior Pastor
7225 Lockwood Ridge Rd
Sarasota, FL 34243-4526
United States
Phone: (941) 355-0847
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Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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Join us Sunday’s at 10am.

Our worship service is a blend of favorite hymns, contemporary praise music, and a traditional communion litany.

Worship at Church of the Trinity is a celebration. Our members and friends come from a variety of spiritual backgrounds, which is reflected in our worship life.


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Church of The Trinity MCC History

From humble beginnings in the fall of 1981…

A group of five or six people met in a private home in the Sarasota area. They petitioned MCC King of Peace to start a “study group” in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. Rev. Ron Coons served as the first Worship Coordinator and subsequently, as Pastor. Worship services moved in January 1982 to the Unitarian Church on Fruitville Road. On Easter Sunday, April 3, 1983, the Church (with the name MCC of Sarasota/Bradenton) held its first Sunday evening meeting.

Rev. Robert Pierce was called to serve as Pastor in November 1985. For a period of time, the congregation met at the historic Crocker Church. From 1987 through 1989, attendance blossomed, and membership doubled. The current property with existing buildings (now the church offices and Pierce Hall) was purchased in 1988. Construction on the present sanctuary was completed in 1992 to be known as “Trinity Center”. Rev. Robert Pierce died early in 1992, and the original worship space was re-dedicated as the “Rev. Robert E. Pierce Hall.”


1990 ushered in the “Gay 90’s.” There was a surge in membership and attendance. Two services were necessary on Sunday mornings to accommodate worshipers. A food pantry and weekly dinners were started for persons with AIDS (PWA).

During the 90’s, Rev. T. Edward Helms, Rev. Sherry Kennedy, and Rev. Gustave Klein served as spiritual leaders. The Church saw the addition of the cell tower, in the form of a cross, to the campus. The completion of Lockwood Ridge Road through to State Road 70 gave exposure to the Church, which had been situated for many years at the North end of Lockwood Ridge Road.


Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson was invited to be the Pastor of Church of the Trinity and was installed in August 2001. Under her leadership, membership surpassed the 300-mark for the first time. Positioning the Church for growth, 23 acres to the north of the present site were purchased. When Rev. Wilson left to replace Rev. Elder Troy Perry as Moderator of UFMCC, Rev. Dr. Mona West was installed in October 2005. Under Rev. Dr. West, we hired internationally known architect Carl Abbott to design a new sanctuary, education, and social hall space. The master plan incorporated the wetland space into an open, inviting campus.

Rev. Charles Tigard succeeded Rev. Dr. West as Pastor from 2010 – 2017. Under his leadership, we recommitted to community outreach. The Church broke ground on a columbarium and memorial garden named in honor of Craig Gardiner and Frank Stanford.

During this period of growth and renewal, Rev. Lisa Heilig and Rev. Renae Phillips served as transitional Pastors, leading our congregation through a process of healing and reconciliation between leaders.


We welcomed Rev. Elder Lillie Brock as Senior Pastor in February 2019. Currently, she is assisted by two volunteer clergy, Rev. Donna Twardowski (Congregational Life) and Rev. Tony Viglione (Congregational Care). Under Rev. Brock’s capable spiritual leadership and guidance, Church of the Trinity is strategically positioned for growth, community outreach, and involvement. We are rethinking how we connect to potential members and the greater community using technology and social media.


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The power of Christian prayer "Prayer does not change the purpose of God. But prayer does change the action of God."
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