Summer 1995 – Core group formed
Summer 1998 – Steve Casselli called as founding pastor
November 8, 1998 – First worship service held at Palma Ceia Baptist Church property
January 21, 2001 – Organizing service held. First elders and deacons ordained
Fall 2001 – Christian Education begins
May 2009 – Property purchased at 350 S. Hyde Park Avenue
October 4, 2009 – First worship service held at new facility
In 1995, God brought together 17 individuals from different church backgrounds to explore the possibility of starting a Bible believing church in the South Tampa community. Over the next several months, these families met regularly for prayer, Bible study and discussion. At the end of this time, they concluded it would be wise to be a denominationally connected church, and the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) seemed to best fit their beliefs. With this step taken, the search process for a minister began.
In 1998, Steve Casselli from Westminster Theological Seminary was called as the organizing pastor. Rental space was secured on the campus of Palma Ceia Baptist Church in the heart of South Tampa and Holy Trinity held its first service of public worship on November 8, 1998. Kyle B. Oliphint joined our staff in 2000 and was ordained as our first Associate Minister in April of that same year. On January 21, 2001, we were recognized as an offical church in the PCA, ordaining and installing our first elders and deacons. Dustyn Eudaly joined our staff in October of 2002 and was ordained as our second Associate Minister in June of 2004.
Our prayers for a permanent home have been answered by the purchase of a building in the Hyde Park area of South Tampa in May of 2009, which is situated between downtown, Davis Island, Harbour Island, and Palma Ceia. As a congregation, we continue in the faith that God himself will build His church to His own glory among us and in our community.