Worship with us Sundays at 10 AM!
Welcome to Trinity
Our worship is rooted in the Anglican Tradition, with traditional hymns, scripture readings from the Holy Bible, liturgy of God's word, a short sermon and Holy Communion.
While our worship style is traditional and committed to intimate and formal practice, our theology is progressive.
If you are seeking God, join us!
Worship at 10 AM on Sundays
Come Worship with Us!
Our Sanctuary, bathed in prayers for over 150 years.
Get to Know Us
We are an open and affirming church.
If you have felt left out because of sexual identity or orientation, ethinic background, or political perspective, we welcome you!
Ministries at Trinity
Learning to Give Back
At Trinity Episcopal Church, we offer congregants of all ages a chance to give back by joining our wide range of ministries. Our Ministry Bible Study allows current members or newcomers to be involved with our ongoing mission of spreading the teachings of Jesus Christ to our ever-growing community. Giving back is ingrained into our philosophy and it’s at the root of our very being.
Addiction recovery groups
Shaping Your Faith
Trinity Episcopal Church has provided the community with all the tools, wisdom, and resources they need to keep them grounded. Our Congregation provide Programs with an aim to offer congregants and community the chance to give back to the society. Each of our ministries is as strong as a family and bring congregants closer together.
A Wide Range of Initiatives
Join our Grief and Loss Workshop ministry to discover how the work of Trinity Episcopal Church affects the community and the world at large! With our Grief and Loss Workshop in place, congregants have the chance to participate in a variety of innovative service missions. Joining a ministry is a perfect opportunity for you to get closer to other members of our congregation, and of course to honor the sacrifices and teachings of the Lord.
God is good, all the time. We are followers of Jesus, living out our baptismal covenant to love God and our neighbors as ourselves. We would love to meet you and your family in person, and we’re so glad you decided to visit Trinity Episcopal Church.
Nearing 150 years of worship
Committed to Spiritual Enlightenment
Each of our members has a particular ministry they feel
called to. Our shared ministry is worship.
We enjoy fellowship each Sunday, with potluck lunch every first Sunday, and community meeting the second Sunday of the month follow
Fun and Fellowship
Committed to Spiritual Enlightenment
We love to share our joy as followers of Jesus. When the Bishop of Missouri, the Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith came for his visit, we snapped selfies.
News and Events
Celebrating St. Francis Day with the Blessing of the Animals
If you have a pet you would like to have blessed please bring them to our St. Franc is Service. October 7th 1 p.m. All pets are welcome
Father Gary Nowlin is now our full-time Priest. He is such a blessing to our church and has made such a difference to our congregation already. We are so excited to see what else he brings to the table.
An Arts and Craft Sale will be announced soon!!
The Oldest Church in Jefferson County
The roots of this historical parish date back to mid-winter 1866 when the first Episcopal Bishop of Missouri, Cicero S. Hawks, visited De Soto. At that time, the Rt. Rev. Hawks presided at the first Episcopal Church service and instituted continuing lay reading as well as Sunday School in the community. Before Bishop Hawks died in 1868, he initiated services wherever a congregation could be gathered along the St. Louis and Iron Mountain Railroad, to include: Victoria, Hematite, Ironton, Arcadia, Irondale, and De Soto.
Mr. Reuben Burroughs settled in De Soto in 1865, and although of a Presbyterian background, was so moved by the Episcopal Bishop that he read the book The Pioneer Church, which outlined the ability to form an Episcopal mission administered by laymen. With that inspiration, a mission was established in the summer of 1866. Growth was slow, but with an assigned pastor, the Reverend O. H. Staples, Trinity Parish was admitted to the convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, Diocese of Missouri, on May 24, 1871.
Efforts were immediately undertaken to build a church building and $1000 was subscribed. The title to its current site, which consists of two lots, were purchased for $100 on April 17, 1871. A simple frame construction was considered, but stone was plentiful from a nearby local quarry, and the cornerstone was laid July 24, 1871, by the second Bishop of Missouri, the Rt. Rev. Charles F. Robertson.
Dimensions of the building were 50 feet 8 inches , by 40 feet 8 inches; with walls of 12 feet and the ridge at 31 feet. As originally conceived, the building was to include a 'box' or 'recessed' chancel, which is a short extension of the main building to house the choir and altar. This was never undertaken, although an outline of a stone arch on the western wall can be seen. After the bell tower and entrance foyer were completed, a spire was contemplated but never initiated.
At completion, the total building cost was $3000 and when the debt was retired, Trinity Episcopal Church was consecrated on December 17, 1882.
Later additions include the rock retaining wall (1883) and its partial reconstruction (2008) and the parish house, built adjoining the north wall (1956). Building the parish house necessitated the removal of one stained glass window and converting that space into a doorway connecting the two buildings.
The stained glass dates back to the building's inception, although a complete restoration of them was undertaken in 1961.
On July 10,1997, the church sustained serious wind damage and the roof at the southwest corner was lifted off. Interior destruction resulted and the granite cross on the eastern eave was blown off and fragmented.
As a result, the walls were reinforced with steel and tuck-pointed. The roof was re-anchored, the interior was completely refurbished, and a new granite cross replacement was hoisted into position.
Currently, traditional Episcopal services are conducted every Sunday and other Holy days throughout the year. The parish hall is used and available for a variety of activities including the oldest of Alcoholics Anonymous in Jefferson County.
Trinity Episcopal church remains an active and vibrant addition to the Desoto Community.