In the year of our Lord 1997 God put on the heart of Rev Melvin Hall to start a Church. At that time Rev. Hall was doing ministry within the community and was housed in the commercial center located at 2823 Collingsworth Street. Pastor Hall consulted with Union Baptist Association and E.J. Simon Baptist Church was born.
During the pastorage of Rev Hall the church moved forward and set up an outreach ministry to the community providing food and clothing for the needy. Rev. Hall serve as pastor for eight (8) years until his health began to fail. God called pastor Hall home in 2005 and the church went in prayer for a new pastor.
After a time of prayer God sent Rev. Thomas Frank to lead this congregation. Under Pastor Frank the church grew and expanded its facility. A fellowship space was added by acquiring the unit next door to the church. With the new space pastor Frank expanded the ministry to include a food pantry, a summer feeding program for the children, and a Christmas toy distribution ministry in the community. The name of the church was changed from E.J. Simon to Grace Trinity Baptist Church after it was in existence nine (9) years. Additional expansion continued when pastor Frank secured the unit next door to the fellowship hall. Pastor Frank’s vision was to start a child care ministry in the new facility called “Forget Me Not” Youth Ministry. However, before this ministry could begin, his health began to fail. With continued declining health, Pastor Frank asked Rev. Roy E. Madison to come and assist him with the ministry. Pastor Frank told Rev. Madison God had shown him that he would be the one to lead this church to the next level if his health continued to fail or if He called him home. Rev. Madison continued in this capacity for one year, during this time, Pastor Frank’s health improved, and Rev. Madison returned to his duties at his home church. In May 2013, God called Pastor Frank home. Pastor Frank served Grace Trinity Baptist Church for 8 years. Much was accomplished under the leadership of pastor Thomas Frank. The men of the church ask Rev. Madison to serve as interim pastor during the 90 days of mourning after Pastor Franks passing. After the period of mourning the church called Rev. Roy E. Madison as the next pastor.
Rev. Roy E, Madison was installed as the third pastor of the church on the third Sunday, August 18, 2013. Under the leadership of Pastor Madison, the ministry began to expand. The churches charter was revolt because of some legal issues. New papers were filed with the state and the name of the church was changed from Grace Trinity Baptist Church to Greater Grace Trinity Baptist Church in 2016.From 2013-2018, 41 persons united with Greater Grace Trinity, 33 through Christian experience and 8 by baptism. The Lord gave our pastor the vision to become more community oriented and as a result, our pastor began to develop the evangelism ministry of the church. He developed a number of evangelism activities which was hosted by the church:In 2013, Grace Trinity hosted a block party on the grounds of Collingsworth of 59 apartments. The new leadership of the church was introduced to the residences of the complex.In 2014 & 2015, Grace Trinity supplied Betsy Ross Elementary School and the neighborhood children with over 200 backpacks filled with school supplies.Every May, in celebration of Women and Motherhood, the women ministry hosted a prayer breakfast in the Collingsworth of 59 apartments. This event continued until 2016.During the Thanksgiving holiday, the church provided thanksgiving baskets for over 100 families. An evangelism outing at the Conner of Jensen and Sumpter street where pastor preached the word and we provide sack lunches to 100 people on the street. About 20 people ask Christ to forgive them of their sins. Once a month the ladies ministries hosted New Haven Blessed Breakfast at 2424 Sakowitz Street. We provided physical food as well as spiritual food to the residents. The program was recently cancelled by Star of Hope.In 2017, the building where we were located was sold and the church had to find a new place to worship.
God led our pastor to our present location, 4906 Elysian St. We had our first service in this location on the first Sunday of November 2017. The church continued our evangelism ministry in the new community. We hosted a community block party as a way of introducing the church to the community and the community to the church. We were blessed to have the City Council member for district H Mrs. Karla Cisneros attended and introduce herself to the church. The Lord then gave our pastor the idea of a food distribution ministry for the North Side Community. On the third Wednesday in April 2018 the church hosted the first food ministry event on our campus.
Today one year later we serve an average of 200 families every month. We have out grown the space on our campus, so the food ministry was relocated to the campus of St. Patrick’s church. Twice a month, our Pastor leads a prayer ministry at Looscan Elementary School, and once a week, Sis. Madison participates in the Houston Read Program-helping second grade children learn to read.God is continuing to bless us through all the ups and downs we have had over the years.
God is opening doors for this church to serve Him in many ways. When the Building at 4906 Elysian could no longer meet our needs, God allow us to relocate to our present location @ 5709 Fulton. We moved here on the first Sunday February 2, 2020. We are looking forward to all the Blessing God has for us hear at this location.