At it’s heart, Trinity Church (OPC) in Huntington, Long Island, New York, is a worshipping community. The church gathers to worship in response to God’s grace in Jesus Christ. The church’s “Welcome” booklet observes, worship “is the source from which everything else in life flows.”
At Trinity Church, there is an excitement about worshipping God. You see it on the faces of adults and children as they arrive at the Elks Lodge. Reverence is brightly colored by a vibrant and lively enthusiasm during the worship service.
Trinity Church gathered for worship for the first time on September 25. This new mission work is a daughter congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Franklin Square, New York. Ben Miller, who had served for six years as the associate pastor at Franklin Square, is the organizing pastor. Eighty people from Franklin Square are part of this new church plant, including two ruling elders.
Trinity Church is Franklin Square’s sixth mission work. The previous endeavors were: Westchester OPC in Mount Vernon (1970s); Christ OPC in Lindenhurst (1980s), which did not develop into an organized congregation; the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Bohemia (late 1990s), whose pastor is Meindert Ploegman, a former ruling elder at Franklin Square; Cristo el Rey in Elmont (2008), a Spanish-language mission work that was folded back into the mother church this past summer; and Reformation OPC (2009) in Queens.
The Elks Lodge is located about twenty-three miles northeast of Franklin Square. The community of Huntington goes back to 1653, when the land was purchased from the Matinecock people. Today this affluent suburb is part of the New York metropolitan area. Three quarters of a million people call the area around Huntington home.
Ben grew up in a Christian home with rigorous spiritual disciplines. By the time he was in his twenties, he felt a kind of spiritual “burnout.” During his time at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the Bible began to explode with meaning as he discovered the biblical theology of Geerhardus Vos. Toward the end of seminary and in his first years of pastoral ministry, he experienced a theological revival. The love and grace of God as his Father were opened to him as never before. The fruits of this revival permeate Ben’s preaching.
The possibility of planting this latest mission work had been discussed, planned, and prayed about for over a year before Ben was called. Families at Franklin Square were given the opportunity to indicate their interest in participating in the mission work. Then significant groundwork was laid for several months before the first worship service was held.
The people in the mission work love being part of it, where they have ample opportunities to use their gifts in the church for the Lord. This includes seeking to build a life in community together and bearing the light of Christ, seeking to lift him up in the streets and neighborhoods of their world.
Please pray for Pastor Miller and the other men who provide spiritual oversight: Eric Farkas, David Innes, and Gene Mayer. Pray that the Lord would bless Trinity Church’s outreach and evangelism efforts, bring many visitors to worship, provide financially (the North Shore is an expensive place!), and establish Trinity Church as a solid congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.