Our History

Grace-Trinity Community Church has its roots in the traditions of two different Christian denominations, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the American Baptist Churches, USA.

Grace Presbyterian Church, originally known as Lyndale Presbyterian Mission and incorporated under the laws of Minnesota as a religious association in the year 1894, was located at 1430 West 28th Street in the City of Minneapolis, our current location.

In 1903 a group of former active members of the First Baptist Church of Minneapolis decided to organize a new congregation, Trinity Baptist Church. They built a church at the intersection of Lincoln and Bryant Avenues South, Minneapolis in 1906. The name Trinity Community Church was adopted in 1955.

Grace and Trinity Churches had a long history of cooperative effort and mutual interests. In 1979 they voted to affiliate in order to conserve their human and financial resources and thus improve their ministry of outreach to the community and the world. Union of the two churches was complete in 1987 under the name Grace-Trinity Community Church.

How We Serve
the Community

  • Grace-Trinity Tutoring Program
    Since the Fall of 2002, Grace-Trinity Community Church has nurtured a unique partnership with Jefferson Community School in Uptown. Students come to the church to receive help with their homework, eat a nourishing dinner with their tutor, and spend time with caring adults in a safe and positive environment. Reading scores go up and, more importantly, the program brings to light the very real benefits of uniting people of different backgrounds to learn from each other and share common ground.
  • Feed My Starving Children
    Several times each year, groups from Grace-Trinity join other volunteers in packing nutritious meals for children in need.
  • Joyce Food Shelf
    Grace-Trinity provides financial and material support for the food shelf, which serves 1,400 people each month. Each Sunday our people bring non-perishable food donations.
  • Grace Neighborhood Nursery School
    Founded by Grace Presbyterian Church in 1961, Grace Neighborhood Nursery School (GNNS) offers a pre-school experience dedicated to developing a child’s natural creativity, curiosity, and sense of wonder. Although housed in Grace-Trinity Community Church, GNNS is non-sectarian. To visit the GNNS site, click here.
  • Westminster Counseling Center
    We are thrilled to be home to the Uptown location of the Westminster Counseling Center, which has been, "dedicated to transforming mind and spirit for over 25 years." To visit the WCC site, click here.
  • Community Space
    Grace-Trinity offers meeting space for numerous twelve step groups and other non-profts.  

Getting Involved

The best way to get involved and connect at Grace-Trinity is through our various programs and groups. For more information about any of the activities listed below, please email our Church Administrator Deborah Clark, at deb@gracetrinitychurch.org.

  • Third Space
    Dessert and discussion for members and friends of all ages on the third Wednesday of each month.
  • Second Sunday Community Meals
    Bring a salad or side dish, entree or dessert (or just yourself!), and join us for an informal meal following worship on the second Sunday of the month (Sept - Apr)
  • Young Professionals' Bible Study
    A weekly gathering for people in their 20s and 30s
  • Chancel Choir
    Share your musical gifts with our choir. Rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Grace-Trinity Tutoring Program
    Tutors, drivers, and kitchen helpers are needed each Tuesday afternoon (Sept-May)

Our Staff

Rev. Daniel Vigilante



Deborah Clark
Church Administrator



Rev. Judy Landt
Parish Associate



Jeehoon Kim
Director of Choral Music