In 1978, the former Garfield Grade School was purchased from the Canton Board of Education, and Trinity Christian Grade School was founded and put into operation in September of that year. Though the school ceased operations in
1985, the building is still owned by the Trinity Evangelistic Association. The building was utilized by the Stark County Mental Retardation Association and then by Head Start for a number of years, and is now used as a charter school called Hope Academy.
Camp Trinity expanded in 1978 with the purchase of an 85-acre farm from Mr. John Frigeli. While most of the farm was soon sold, 20 acres were retained for camp facilities.
Also in 1978, a Sohio station on a nearby corner was purchased and transformed into the Trinity Service Station. Through the years, the station has served an enormous purpose in maintaining all of the church vans, buses, trucks, and camp equipment. At the present time, the service station is preparing to move into a new facility adjoining the church building.
In 1979, a 17,000 square foot two-story Christian Education Annex was added to the main building. The annex is home to all children’s programs, as well as Trinity’s Sunday School program.
That same year, five homes and a large building directly across the street from Trinity were purchased and turned into an auxiliary parking lot for church services and events.
In 1980, a 40,000 square foot addition was added to accommodate the Trinity Christian High School.
After several years of small-scale food distribution to the poor, the church branched out into a full food program. The former location of the congregation at 416 High Ave SW was turned into the Trinity Benefit Food Store with hundreds of elderly and low-income people as customers. Food was sold at a very low price, providing a beneficial saving to each shopper.
An offshoot of this program was a free food giveaway each Thursday, benefiting approximately 100 needy families per week.
The Food Store was later closed, and the building was then used as the Jesus Christ People Care Center. The Care Center offered free distribution to needy families, a clothing giveaway and a food giveaway on the second and third Thursdays, respectively, of each month. Thousands of clothing and food items are given away each year thanks to the many donations of Trinity’s congregation.
The Care Center now operates from its new home in the Trinity Dream Center. A new federal building is being built downtown at the former location of the People Care Center, also the original location of Trinity Gospel Temple.
Trinity expanded its ministry outreach yet again in 1997 with a new presence on the World Wide Web. For the first time, Brother Dave and the Hour of Power Singers could be seen online. People from all over the world soon began to write, asking for prayer or requesting the free sermon cassette offered online. In addition to general information, the website offered a host of songs by the Hour of Power Singers as well as prayers from Brother Dave on various topics.
In 2003, after a long period of praying and planning, construction began on a new Trinity Dream Center. Not only is the People Care Center operated here, but the complex houses a full-size gymnasium and weight room. The gym is used to conduct Christ-centered sports leagues for inner-city kids, and is also used for various church activities involving all ages. Free hair cuts and styling are also offered to those in need.
. . . but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind
and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.