Trinity Church North Port
"Helping Ourselves and Others to Grow in Jesus Christ"
"The mission of the Methodist church is to make disciples of
Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."
United Methodist Church
The time was March 1962, and North Port Charlotte - (before becoming just North Port) consisted of about 700 homes
and 1250 residents. Wanting to help the community, the Florida Conference of the Methodist Church decided to obtain
the services of the Rev. Alva Soldner, a retired Methodist minister who lived in Port Charlotte. He surveyed the area to
see if there was sufficient interest in the establishment of a new church.
The results helped secure the use of the community club for one hour each week. The Lutherans and Episcopalians also
held her services in the "club." Rev. Soldner held the first service on June 10, 1962, with 46 people attending. Trinity
Methodist Church of North Port Charlotte was organized and constituted on November 18, 1962, and 67 people were
received into membership that day, and an official board was elected. The very first Board of Trustees was also
formed. On January 7, 1963, the Women's Society of Christian Service was organized. On December 28, 1962, the
Pastor and the Board of Trustees applied formally to the General Development Corporation (GDC) for a building site.
The church immediately was incorporated, and a building committee was formed and an architect was selected. The
congregation was excited about the plans for the church and raising money.
One of the church members, a trustee, contracted to build the church for $41,400. GDC had conveyed to the church
4.7 acres as a gift, the result of Pastor Soldner's persuasion. On June 4, 1963, a certificate of organization was issued
by the Florida Annual Conference. On September 20, 1963, a warranty deed for the 4.7 acres was granted by GDC. On
November 8, 1963, Trinity was incorporated. On November 17, 1963, a groundbreaking ceremony was held.
February 9, 1964, the cornerstone was laid. On May 24, 1964, the first service was offered in the new church. On
November 8, 1960, for a consecration service was held with Bishop James W. Henley presiding.
In 1968, the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brother in church merged into One United Church, thus
evolving the current church name Trinity United Methodist Church. In April 1972, a new Parsonage on the church
grounds was completed. Prior to 1972, the congregation had purchased a tiny house on Chicopa Street to use as the
Parsonage. The ground was broken on April 17, 1977, for the Fellowship Hall along with the Educational Wing of the
church. Through the years mortgages were paid and maintenance carried out. Most recently, from 2010 through 2012,
a new roof was installed, eaves trough's added, the asphalt driveways repaired, new lights for exterior and interior
installed. Also, a security system has been set up, ceramic tile laid in the narthex a coffee room, and a south entrance.
New carpeting was laid in the Pastor’s office and the Administrative Assistance office. New area air conditioners and
heat pumps were purchased.
What we believe as trinitarians
The United Methodist Church is a global denomination that opens hearts, opens minds and opens doors through active
engagement with our world. The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the
transformation of the world.
John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into
action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United
We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage.
The United Methodist Church shares a great deal with other denominations. At Trinity Church North Port, we invite you
to explore what we believe about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and more. Please join us every Sunday for
Worship steeped in tradition, friendliness, and love!
Learn what we mean when we talk about grace, how we serve people in and around the North Port community and
around the world, and ways we grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.