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Trinity Missionary Baptist Church
  In the year 1885, a group of fifteen men and women founded Second United Missionary Baptist Church of Madisonville, Ohio. The church, under the leadership of Rev. Peter Waits, was located in an old tannery building on Main Street in Madisonville. In the same year, a Sunday school was founded with Mr. Samuel Logan as the first superintendent. Fourteen years later, in 1899, a new church was constructed and dedicated on Center Street for the 28 parishioners. Under successive pastors, the Center Street church was enlarged, and the original debt was paid.  
Reverend Lyman H. Ingraham became pastor of Second United Missionary Baptist Church in 1924 and the membership of the church grew so large under his leadership that a larger building was needed. Property at the corner of Chandler and Glenshade Court was obtained and a new church was constructed in 1925. The first service was held on June 26, 1926. The congregation also changed its name to Trinity Second United Missionary Baptist Church.
In 1936, a period of sustained growth was inaugurated under the leadership of Pastor W. Martin Harris. A second phase of the church was undertaken and was completed in 1941. Pastor Harris had many additional dreams for the church but these were unfulfilled, as he fell ill in 1959, and died in August, 1960. He had faithfully served his parishioners for 23 years. Rev. William D. Mosley, Jr., was called to Trinity in 1960. Under the latter’s leadership, the spiritual and material growth of the church continued. The church established a fully staffed church office, a children’s training unit and scholarship aid program. On December 8, 1967, the church was renamed Trinity Missionary Baptist Church.

To learn more about Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, consult the following resources:

Centennial Souvenir Booklet : 1885-1985
General f286.17714 T833
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90th Anniversary Souvenir Program Booklet
General f286.17714 T833a
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Sources Used for Historical Sketch:
  • Centennial Souvenir Booklet : 1885-1985. General f286.17714 T833, Cincinnati History Library and Archives. Cincinnati Museum Center.


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