By Terey DeLisle
Trenton Church of Christ, located near the corner of West and Grange roads, which has been part of the community for many years, recently completed a leadership transition.
Longtime Pastor Mike Frost retired after 30 years of service, setting the stage for the appointment of his successor, Pastor Charlton Taylor.
Taylor, who is highly enthusiastic about both his new role and new home town, said the church is about to undergo some positive and exciting changes.
Taylor moved from Texas to Trenton just this past June with his wife, Mary Beth, and their three boys, ages 11, 8, and 6. The family is excited about living in Trenton and being a part of the church. He says they have been enjoying meeting the neighbors and learning about Trenton. The boys will be attending Trenton Public Schools this fall.
“They have taken (the move) all in stride” Taylor said. “I like to say they ‘drink life from a fat straw.’” He added, “We are here for the long haul. We want to lay down roots in Trenton.”
When asked what brought him from Texas to Trenton to lead the church, he said, “I believe God brought me to here.” Taylor says that “the church prayed for a new minister with a family, who could help the church grow, and I believe that’s why I am here.”
Taylor talked about being asked to lead the prayer at the “Breakfast at Festival” at this year’s Mid-Summer Festival. “Especially as a new pastor, it was a great honor to lead the prayer and to meet the mayor, City Council,” and residents, he said.
Pastor Taylor believes the church has “great things in store.” He continues that the church has a new vision, to “engage the community in spiritual transition by connecting people to Christ and one another.”
“We want to reach our hands out to the community and make a presence and hope to do more community service projects,” he said.
“One great thing about the history of this church is that I think it’s in the DNA of this community as an honest and authentic group of people,” he said. “It’s a safe place to come. We say that “We are here not because we know we have it together; we are here because we know we don’t — and we need Jesus.”
The church is reorganizing their leadership structure into three levels of leadership: Shepherds, the Vision Team, (which focuses on where the church is going for the future), and Administrative.
“The new levels are about empowering people to do their jobs,” Taylor said.
Taylor reports that the church currently has about 250 members, including “lots of kids!” The Children’s Ministry, “LiveWire,” is very active, including Vacation Bible School, singing groups, and summer camp.
On Sundays during the school year, children in third through fifth grades can participate in special faith-based activities at “Jump Start Praise” during the 11 a.m. service time.
For older kids and teens, there is the Trenton Youth Ministry, with many programs to further the mission of Sharing and Serving in the community.
Women’s and men’s retreat Bible studies are also held throughout the year, as well as marriage and family studies. Every Sunday the church holds Bible study at 10 a.m., followed by the 11 a.m. worship time.
At 7 p.m. on Thursday nights, the church holds Celebrate Recovery, “for those who are battling any kind of addiction,” or other issues, said Pastor Taylor.
“The church and I both have a passion to help broken, struggling people to know Jesus,” he said. “We are trying to share that Jesus is relevant in everyday life, with our goals, hopes and dreams,” and is not just an abstract religious figure.
“Our goal is to reach people who are hurt. We really don’t want to create a bunch of ‘religious people’ — we want to create people who are in love with Jesus,” and want to share that with their neighbors.
The church has a new Website at www.tcoc.org. You can also follow the church on Twitter, @trentoncoc, as well as Pastor Taylor @charlton_taylor, and read his blog at charltontaylor.blogspot.com
The Trenton Church of Christ is located 2650 Grange Road. The phone number is (734) 676-1797.