Rev. Roland S. Barnes

Rev. Roland S. Barnes, Senior Pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church

In September 2013 it will have been 30 years since the founding of Trinity Christian School. During this time it has grown from its humble beginnings with fewer than ten students to now over two hundred twenty. I suppose the birth of Trinity Christian School, as is the case with all ministries, began with the ideas conceived in the minds of the leaders and parents of Trinity Presbyterian Church. TCS is not just a school, it is a ministry to children and their families that seeks to honor the Lord Jesus Christ. TCS has always tried to combine a thoroughly Christian philosophy of education, with Christian faculty and a curriculum that acknowledges the Lord Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. These three ingredients, combined with a great group of families and students, have propelled TCS into an effective educational ministry that is having an impact in the community.

However, while we rejoice in the present accomplishments we would not forget the “day of small beginnings.” At first TCS had no facility of its own so the school operated in a rented house off Zetterower Avenue in Statesboro. The facility was adequate for small beginnings but it soon became apparent that the school must have more room if it was going to grow. The first teachers, Helen Davis and Linda McDonald, volunteered their time as TCS got off the ground.

Trinity Presbyterian Church, which owns and operates the school, devoted much of its resources to the success of TCS, including the provision of a new facility which it now occupies. During the years from 1984-1994 TCS struggled, not having facilities and finding it difficult to attract new families as a result. However, a small group of dedicated and devoted families weathered those difficult years in order to establish a ministry that would have great promise for serving the community of Statesboro and Bulloch County for years to come. A special thanks should be offered to those who sacrificed to see TCS become a thriving reality. Teachers taught in small classrooms with very little in the way of supplies. Parents were willing to pitch in and provide all kinds of extracurricular activities, and all on a very tight budget. School Board members held fast to the ideals that make TCS unique.

TCS entered into a significant growth period beginning in the Fall of 1992. Two major developments contributed to this positive growth trend. First, Trinity Presbyterian Church completed and moved into its new facility in the Fall of 1991 and opened the way for TCS to expand its enrollment. The facility was constructed with TCS in mind and was designed to meet the safety and fire codes required of educational institutions. The second factor was the hiring of a Headmaster. TCS had operated without a Headmaster for many years and was blessed to hire Mr. Mike McKenna to serve in that capacity in August of 1992. With Mr. McKenna devoting his energies to develop the school and the new facility allowing for expansion TCS was on the way to a bright future. From 1992 to 1996 TCS multiplied its enrollment many times over. In the Fall of 1996 the School moved into an additional classroom structure constructed by Trinity Presbyterian Church for use by both the Church and the School.

In 1999 a significant milestone was reached as the first class of six students graduated from Trinity Christian School. The School quickly outgrew the new classroom building, and ground was broken on a two-story classroom/lunchroom/Fellowship hall addition in the Fall of 2000. That Fall also marked a change in leadership, as Mr. David Lattner was hired as Headmaster to replace Mr. McKenna, who took on new responsibilities at a school in Maryland after eight years at TCS. Since then our campus has grown again with the addition of the gymnasium/classroom building which opened in 2010.

Today Trinity Christian School is thriving. Academic excellence, a modern facility, a caring and highly qualified faculty, stable leadership, a growing athletic and extracurricular program, a strong fine arts program, and an unwavering commitment to doing everything to the glory of Jesus Christ are the hallmarks of the School. From one class with a few students to a full K4 through grade twelve school with over 250 students, it has been an exciting and challenging journey! We thank God for his faithfulness throughout the years.

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.