Trinity Episcopal Church is honored to announce our rector-elect, Fr. T. J. Freeman!
We want to thank Fr. T. J. Freeman for accepting the call to be the 19th rector of Trinity. We also want to express our gratitude to all who prayed for the Lord's guidance during this search and for all the diligent, time-consuming work done by the Vestry and the Trinity Search Committee.
Welcome Message from Fr. T. J. Freeman
Dear people of Trinity Episcopal Church-
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
It is with gratitude and excitement that I have accepted the call to be the 19th rector of Trinity. Trinity is a parish with a storied past and a hope-filled future. I want to say thank you to your Search Committee and Vestry for all of their tireless work and prayers over these last few months. My wife, Annie, and I were both born and raised in the Hoosier state. She grew up in Kokomo and I grew up in Benton County. We are very excited to raise our two children Ellie and Jack nearer to their grandparents.
For the past three years I have served as Associate Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to preaching, teaching, and leading liturgy the primary focus of my work has been with young adults, young families, and newcomers. I currently serve on the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, as well as the board of Sheldon Calvary Camp. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, I attended seminary in Austin, Texas at Seminary of the Southwest. In June of 2004, I joined the United States Army as a Cavalry Scout, serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 4th Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne Division.
Recently my family and I had a chance to visit Trinity and Ft. Wayne. We were impressed and moved by the very warm reception that we received and we were filled with delight as we imagined ourselves being a part of the community. My daughter felt comfortable enough at the liturgy on Sunday morning to skip/ run to and from communion.
A lot will happen between now and July 2nd, which will be my first Sunday at Trinity. Please keep Annie, Ellie, Jack, and me in your prayers and know that you are daily in mine. We are very much looking forward to meeting you all and I am particularly honored and humbled to walk with you as we follow the way of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Your servant in Christ… T.J.