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Trinity's Beginning

Trinity Baptist Church of San Mateo, California had its humble beginning in the hearts of a group of 53 Christians who gathered for prayer, direction, and assessment on Sunday morning, January 5, 1975, at 10:00 A.M. The Holy Spirit inspired this faithful gathering to establish a unique, lively, and vital fellowship. The late Mr. and Mrs. John D. Smith hosted the first two meetings of this fellowship in their home 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, the fellowship moved to the Carlmont YMCA building in San Carlos, CA. At Carlmont, the fellowship labored, sacrificed and grew in membership and commitment as it endeavored to purchase the present church campus, located at 39 E. 39th Avenue in San Mateo, CA.


Our first service was on Sunday, January 7, 1979, the congregation marched into the present sanctuary for worship service.


The congregation adopted several resolutions on Sunday, January 26, 1975, that shaped the following events—recognition and acceptance of John D. Smith, James L. Lillard, Joe L. Allen, Eligah Johnson, and Charles Phillips as deacons; the extension of an official call to the founding pastor, Rev. Dr. Arthur LeRoy Jarrett, as leader of the congregation.


On Wednesday, January 28, 1975, marked the first Prayer and Bible study meeting in the home of the late Mittie East in Redwood City, CA. Sunday, April 23, 1975 the Women's Fellowship was organized in the home of the late Robbie Baker in San Mateo, CA. The Women's Fellowship formed four vibrant circles--the 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 congregational life. The Men's Fellowship, Senior and Junior Ushers, and Deaconess Board, also emerged by aid of the Holy Spirit. There were also other ministries formed to meet the needs for fellowship, Christian education, and worship, namely—Home Bible Study Groups, Family Life Encounter Groups, Prayer Band, Evening Church Bible Study, as well as Sunday Worship and Church School, held 9:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M., respectfully.


With an entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to human development, on October 1, 1979, Trinity started an on-site Child Care Center, which managed for 15 years. Lubertha Johnson directed the Center under the administrative oversight of the Child Care Board of Directors and Child Care Evangelist Ministry. The Center offered a daily program and ministry for many children and families, ages 2 to 5.


As Trinity grew, several members experienced God's call to ordained ministry – Andrea Howard Washington, Keith L. Washington, Al Romes, and Leotta E. Jarrett, the pastor's wife. Subsequently, Trinity ordained Rev. Washington and Dr. Leotta Jarrett as clergy. The year 2000 is marked by two tremendous milestones – first the installation of a steeple, donated by the late Mrs. Eleanor Threadgill, and second, the dedication of a cornerstone, bearing the name of the founding deacons and pastor. Behind the cornerstone les a treasured time capsule to be opened in 2100, 100 years after the cornerstone's dedication, as a gift to the generations to come.


The Rev. Dr. Arthur L. Jarrett retired on December 31, 2003, after 29 years of dedicated service and was honored with the title of Pastor Emeritus.

In April 2004, Rev. Dr. Caroll 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. Broadfoot, Jr. and wife Missionary Lillie Broadfoot continued to faithfully served 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 Caroll Broadfoot, Jr. 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 Broadfoot, Jr. passion in life is serving his family, 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.


In March 2015, Rev. Jeffrey W. Benford resigned as Senior Pastor.

Rev. Dr. Caroll Broadfoot, Jr. stated that it was a pleasant surprise, to have been called again to serve as the Pastor during the interim for the committed, and caring congregation of the Trinity Baptist Church in San Mateo, California. He is accompanied by his wife, Missionary Lillie Broadfoot, and their son Bernie.


They will celebrate 65 years of marriage on July 19, 2018, and 24 years as founders of the Love and Light Mission in the Republic of Haiti during their forthcoming annual mission. Their passion is to proclaim the Great Commission (Matt. 28:16-20), and the Great Commandment (Mark 12:28-31) of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.


Pastor Broadfoot has served as the Interim Pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church in Baumholder Germany, and Pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church in Merced, California. He served over 20 years as the Senior Pastor of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Vallejo, California, and honored as Pastor Emeritus.


He enlisted in the USAF upon graduation from high school, and retired as a Communications Center Superintendent in the grade of Senior Master Sergeant. He completed his training for the ministry at the University of Maryland (A.A.), Chapman University (B.A.), Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Oral Roberts University (D. Min.).


Pastor Broadfoot is currently working with the church servant leadership team to ensure we are further equipped to help the pastor, and servant leaders in promoting the mission of the Trinity Baptist Church. "We are a body of committed believers being transformed and excelling in its pursuit of God's preferred future."


Bondye Bon Toutont God is Good all the Time!

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