Trinity Baptist Church of San Mateo, California had its humble beginning in the hearts of a group of 53 Christians who had come together for prayer, direction, and assessment on Sunday morning, January 5, 1975, at 10:00 a.m. It was a gathering that was moved by the Holy Spirit to establish a unique, lively, and vital fellowship. The first two meetings were held in the home of Mr. and the late Mrs. John D. Smith in Foster City, CA. Subsequent meetings were held at the home of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Howard in San Mateo, CA, where the church was formally organized on Sunday, February 5, 1975. To facilitate the growing fellowship, Church School activities and other functions, we moved to the Carlmont YMCA building in San Carlos where we labored, sacrificed and grew in membership and in quality as we endeavored to purchase our present church facilities at 39 E. 39th Avenue in San Mateo, CA.
Our 1st service was on Sunday January 7, 1979 as we marched into our new church facilities for worship.
On Sunday, January 26, 1975, several important resolutions were adopted by the fellowship that shaped the following events; the recognition and acceptance of Brothers John D. Smith, James L. Lillard, Joe L. Allen, Elijah Johnson, and Charles Phillips as deacons. An official call was extended to our founding pastor, Rev. Arthur LeRoy Jarrett for the work for this ministry.
The vision for the church we now know as Trinity Baptist Church of San Mateo, CA was born back in 1975 was the result of a group of 53 Christians who had come together for prayer, direction and assessment. With a fervent desire to spread the Bible’s good news of Jesus Christ, these handful of believers established “Trinity Baptist Church”. Worship Services and Home Bible Studies were soon being conducted on a regular basis. Ever since those humble beginnings, throughout 36 years of ministry in the community, our church has experienced times of growth, as well as, times of difficult and frustrating trials. Yet, throughout both, our vision has remained clear; God has placed us here and God’s word will be known through us by showing a Commitment to Grow by Caring. Through God’s grace Trinity Baptist Church is a place where people can still come together to be loved and nurtured and to hear the wonderful Truth of God’s Word.
Our first Church officers were: Deacon John D. Smith, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Mrs. Dorothy Harris and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Phillips, Church School Superintendents; Mrs. Andrea Howard-Washington, President of Choir; Mr. Darryl Harris, President of Ushers; Mrs. Lubertha Johnson, Trainer of Ushers; Deacon Joe Allen, President of Men's Fellowship; Mrs. Lois Robertson, Church Clerk; Ms. Odie Cook, Chairman of Christian Education; Mrs. Ella Roy Becks, President of Deaconesses; Mrs. Geraldine Smith and Ms. Valencia Jarrett, musicians; Ms. Denise Bibbs, President of Youth Fellowship; and Mrs. Geraldine Smith, Youth Director. The members were enthusiastic about sharing the bountiful blessings and many talents God had bestowed upon them through giving many hours of their time, as well as gifts to the congregation.
During the course of theses eventful years at the “Y”, our Spirit-filled fellowship increased numerically and organizationally establishing the constitution and By-Law as a non-profit corporation in the State of CA, with membership and affiliation with American Baptist Churches of The West, American Baptist Churches, USA, and National Baptist Convention, USA, INC.
Our first baptismal service, the baptism of Robert Jackson, Jr., was held at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Redwood City, CA with successive baptismal services at St. John Baptist Church of East Palo Alto, CA. Wednesday, January 28, 1975, marked the first Prayer and Bible Study meeting in the home of late Sis. Mittie East in Redwood City, CA. Sunday, April 13, 1975 the Women's Fellowship was organized in the home of late Sis. Robbie Baker in San Mateo, CA. Our Women's Fellowship fostered four vibrant circles; Mittie-Mary Circle, Marshall-Baker Circle, Business and Professional Women's Circle, and the Johnnie Mae Howard Circle. The Youth Fellowship was organized and played a very active role in our church. It was a special blessing to observe our church family grow with the additions of our Men's Fellowship, Senior and Junior Ushers, and Deaconess Board.
We sponsored our first "MAGNIFICENT" program in 1976 the "Bicentennial Annual Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show", which was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Burlingame, CA. Our coordinator for the affair was Mrs. Theresa Brown. The purpose of this program was two-fold: 1) to serve as outreach into the community and 2) to honor the "unsung" citizenry in the community who work so untiringly to make our world a better place. We were ecstatic when over 300 people attended. Mrs. Brown coordinated this affair for the first four years, followed by Mrs. Geraldine Smith for two years at the Airport Hilton Hotel, and Mrs. Bettye Haysbert for one at the Airport Hilton Hotel. Over the years, the attendance for this function increased tremendously. It has been imitated, but never duplicated.
The Youth Fellowship attended American Baptist's first Youth Quake which was held in Stockton, CA. The Business and Professional Women's circle coordinated and conducted our first very successful tutorial program for children in grades 1 through 12. Weekly sessions were held in the home of Bro. and Sis. Elijah Johnson of San Mateo, CA. The Deaconesses presented our first recital featuring Ms. Jacquelyn Smith and Lovell McKinney, Jr. in their piano debut. The first Youth Bible Study was started by Denise Bibbs and Nereus McKinney was coordinator and charged with the task of selecting home sites for weekly Home Bible Study. Mrs. Eleanor Threadgill was our first Editor-In-Chief of the "Reflector", our Church Newsletter. Mrs. Collette Norman was our first graphic artist.
As our Congregation grew, we began to search for a permanent worship facility. Southern Baptist Church at 39 E. 39th Avenue in San Mateo, CA was to be the site.
Following our move to 39 E. 39th Avenue, Bro. Harry Brown and Bro. James Cistrunk were ordained as deacons. Ronald and Donald Haysbert, Arthur Jarrett, Jr. and Keith Smith were named as youth deacon trainees. Past and present Diaconate includes Bros. Garland Earls, Al Romes, Norman Bell, Don DeSmidt, James Stephens, Sr., and Richard Washington. In December 6, 1992, marked the exciting event of the ordination of seven diaconate members: Sis. Alice Drake, Sis. Andrea Howard, Sis. Shelia Taylor, (first women deacons) Bro. Ronald Haysbert, Bro. Don Lusk, and the late Bros. Weldon Pratt and Keith Smith Sr., service on the Board of Directors have also been rendered by Sis. Eloise Gaston, Bro. Arthur Brown, Bro. Robert Keith, Bro. Sam Pennon, late Sis. Thelma Lewis, Sis. Eula Marshall, Bro. Reuben W. Miller, Bro. Lovell L. McKinney, and Bro. Weldon Pratt. In 1985, Rev. George Hall Minister of Outreach and Visitation, and Mrs. Renay Miller-Hawkins, Youth Minister was added to our Pastoral Staff.
For 15 years the Child Care Center constituted a daily program and ministry for so many children and families providing care for children ages 2 to 5. It began operating on October 1, 1979 under the leadership of Mrs. Lubertha Johnson, Director, the Child Care Board of Director, and Child Evangelist Ministry.
Integral to our ministry is our Home Bible Study Groups, and Family Life Encounter Groups, Prayer Band, evening Church Bible Study group, Sunday Worship at 9:00 a.m. and Church School at 11:00 a.m.
In 1995, this marked the inception of San Mateo County’s African American Community Health Advisory Committee. Trinity Baptist Church was the first partnering membership church to join hands with this vital committee who is dedicated to addressing issues impacting our community's health. The mission of AACHAC is to create an awareness of the major health concerns and issues affecting African Americans, and to actively seek and promote a more healthful lifestyle. Two of the committees’ co-founders are Trinity members, Gloria Brown and Mary Evans. Continuing to extend a hand into the livelihood of our community Trinity also for many years has led the Samaritan House Ministry, of which TBC partners with San Mateo County’s Samaritan House to provide nutritious, hot meals each fourth Saturday of the month to any community members in need.
Our major events of members accepting the call of ministry were Andrea Howard Washington, Keith L. Washington, Al Romes, and Mrs. Leotta E. Jarrett. Later on in years here at Trinity Baptist Church, Rev. Andrea Howard Washington and Dr. Leotta Jarrett were ordained.
We had two tremendous milestones were the installation of the church’s steeple in June 2000, donated by the late Mrs. Eleanor Threadgill and the Cornerstone also dedicated in June 2000. Behind the cornerstone lies a treasured time capsule to be opened in 2100, 100 years after the cornerstone dedication, as a future gift of our history to the generations to come.
After 29 years of dedicated service, Rev. Dr. Arthur L. Jarrett retired on December 31, 2003. Pastor Emeritus Jarrett resides in Grass Valley, CA and the late Rev. Dr. Leotta Pinder Jarrett passed away May 1, 2010 in Grass Valley, CA.
The Bay Area Baptist District Association (BABDA) under the leadership of association moderator Rev. Jonathan Staples of Jerusalem Baptist Church, Palo Alto, CA faithfully transitioned the church during the end of an era.
In April 2004, Rev. Dr. Carroll Broadfoot Jr., accepted the church’s call to become the Pastor during the Interim, while guiding us in our church self-study as the church searched for a new pastor. The self-study period marked a great time of intense reflection of the ministry to date and the vision Trinity had for the future. Rev. Dr. Broodfoot and wife Missionary Lillie Broadfoot continued to faithfully serve Trinity until December 2007.
Rev. Dr. Caroll Broadfoot, Jr. was born in Forest Mississippi, and moved with his family to Missouri where he confessed his faith in Jesus Christ.. .
Upon graduation from Frederick Douglas High School in Webster Groves, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He retired after 20 years of service in the grade of Senior Master Sergeant, and worked as a Telecommunications Superintendent.
He furthered his education on active duty by earning an AA degree from the University of Maryland, and a BA degree from Chapman College. Upon his retirement from the USAF, he earned the M.Div. degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Oral Roberts University.
He has served churches in Baumholder Germany, Merced Ca., and Senior Pastor of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Vallejo for 21 years. He was recently honored as the Pastor Emeritus of the FMBC. He worked several years as an Area Consultant with GHC formerly the ABCW. He has served as Pastor during the Interim at Trinity Baptist Church in San Mateo, and FMBC in Vallejo. Pastor Emeritus Broadfoot is an Instructor at the Vallejo Bible College, and co-founder with his wife of the Love and Light Mission in Gonaives, Haiti.
He and Missionary Lillie are the proud parents of a daughter, two sons, nine grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. They will celebrate their 57th wedding anniversary this year.
Pastor Broadfoots’ passion in life is serving his family, and the people of God, by teaching, preaching, and living the good news of the gospel.
In November 2007, the membership, in obedience to the Holy Spirit, rendered a unanimous decision in the election of Rev. Jeffrey W. Benford, Sr. as Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church. Subsequently, on April 20, 2008, Rev. Benford was installed as Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church of San Mateo. Pastor Benford and wife Antoinette Benford have brought a fresh and captivating outlook as to the future of the Trinity Baptist Church Ministry. Today we are challenged to be renewed, excelling at being a membership who accepts the call to be leaders of excellence for God’s kingdom.
Trinity Baptist Church has the distinct pleasure of currently having on its’ ministerial staff: Rev. Andrea Howard Washington, Rev. Carole Moore, Rev. Ra Amen and Min. Richetta Amen.
On Sunday, January 23, 2011 marks the day we take pause to thank God for the marvelous things God has done through this ministry and the lives that have been changed because of it. We are prayerful that God continues to guide the Ministry of Trinity Baptist Church and that for years to come we will continue to be a people who love and honor “Rejoicing as we Journey” Philippians 4:4-5.