Methodism in Lapeer began in 1834, just 3 years after the first settlers arrived, when a Lapeer circuit (preachers coming on horseback) was added to the Farmington circuit. Early services were held at various locations including the Courthouse.
In 1836 a pastor from either Pontiac or Farmington visited Lapeer and organized the official chartered congregation.
It would not be until 1844 that a permanent sanctuary was completed and dedicated to being the home of First Methodist Episcopal of Lapeer. The minister at that time was George Hemmingway, who prior to entering the ministry was a carpenter. Lumber was donated by church members. It was a small New England style frame building measuring 35’ by 45’. Seating capacity was around 35. Membership at that time was 185. This home would serve the Lapeer M.E. for 20 years.
Our early pioneers exhibited a missionary spirit through their deeds and teaching brought the word of God to the Chippewa Indians of the Ne-Bis-Sing tribe. The missionary spirit has lived through the years and is present in the works of Trinity today.
In 1865 the Lapeer Methodist Episcopal Church constructed a new wooden frame structure on the S.W. corner of Monroe St. and Liberty St. which served the membership until 1895 when a brick church was erected at the same location. This building served as the center of worship from 1895 to February 1961.
Trinity Methodist in Lapeer by name has existed only since February 1961. The name was chosen by the congregation to support a new sanctuary and campus, our current location on N. Main St. Our heritage as Methodist Episcopal and Monroe Street Methodist has not been forgotten. We still believe in our mission statement of “Caring, Sharing and Teaching all in the name of Christ”.
Written by: Jim Jessop & Jim Ruehl