Trinity Baptist Church history began as an off shoot from Woodrow Baptist Church in Silsbee. Twenty-two former members of Woodrow strived to begin a missionary church on the east side of Silsbee as the city developed outwardly on Friday March 23, 1984. The name of the church was initially elected to be Eastside Baptist Church but the name inferred a limitation of ministering to only the eastside of Silsbee, subsequently the name selected was Trinity Baptist Church. The Church met down town in the early days on 5th Street the former home of a Ford dealership. Soon Brother Abe Ogea was installed as the first pastor of Trinity. By April 1984 the church had grown to 49 members and by Charter Sunday 6 May, the Church had sixty six members. Pastor Abe Ogea and members secured a vacant lot at the corner of highway 327 and Gentry Road that May of 1984. The congregation weathered the cold and noise of the temporary building through the winter of 1984-85 and broke ground on the newly acquired lot Sunday 27, January 1985. Ten weeks later on Easter Sunday 7 April 1985 the first worship service was conducted in the partially completed first of several buildings. The first building project was completed 6 May 1985 with dedication conducted on 2 June 1985. The Church grew to 124 members by the end of the year. With the growth in membership, the Church acquired two portable
buildings in 1986 to handle the Sunday school and other ministry needs.
In the following year (1987) a 16 by 30 foot building was constructed
for classrooms and a covered walkway was added to the front of the
building. This was the same year that Brother Joe Patterson was called
to become the pastor of Trinity. The following year, 1988, a large
building was donated to the Church and moved on to the lot; meanwhile
the Long Range Planning Committee began a study of finances and
facilities for Trinity. The church membership elected to pay down
existing debt before beginning to build new facilities and a building
fund was established for this plan. The Church had grown to 177 members
in 1988 and grew to 249 members in 1992. Mexican orphanage, hurricane
and a New Tribes mission were undertaken in the ensuing years and in
1993 the Church became debt free allowing for the next phase of growth.
In 1994 planning began to build a new sanctuary and classrooms. The Church also that year became a member of the local church affiliated Christian Care Center which provides food and support for the needy in the area. Building Fund raising began while the church’s missions and outreach blossomed to include a Intercessory Prayer group and Ladies Prayer Chain started in 1996. Mission trips began in 1997 first going to Mexico to build a Missionary Training Institute while the New Tribes Mission and other mission minded projects continued. In 1997 the church severed ties with the Baptist General Convention and joined the newly formed Southern Baptist Convention and then began the AWANA’s program for children. Plans were finalized in 1998 for the new sanctuary and the following year in 1999 after raising the necessary funds the concrete slab was poured. Construction began on 11 October 1999 to frame the new structure. With a ‘pay as you build’ charter the final funds were collected in 2001 and the new sanctuary was outfitted with pews and Baptistery with an appreciation day established on 28 October 2001. The next year the portable buildings were removed and the old sanctuary remodeled into a fellowship hall.
On February 29, 2004 Pastor Patterson retired and a search committee for a new pastor began its work. Meanwhile playgrounds were added, missionary work continued and local support to the Christian Care Center continued. On 5 June, 2005 Brother E.E. ‘Sonny” Sturgeon was called to pastor Trinity Baptist Church. The third phase of the growth plan is yet to be fulfilled however; the founders acquired sufficient land to accommodate a third phase of growth.