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TRINITY GRACE CHURCH WELCOMES
PASTOR ROBERT GUERRERO AND PASTOR BRYAN LORITTS
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"
One of the values of Trinity Grace Church is to, in part, reflect the unique cultural hallmarks of the neighborhoods in which we find ourselves. And while we are proud of the uniqueness of our parishes, we've long been praying for an increase in ethnic diversity within our church to demonstrate the rich multiculturalism of the city. After all, New York is a city where over 800 languages are spoken!
We recognize that this kind of growth requires a change at our core with the diversity of our staff and the continued diversity of our leadership team. That's why we are excited to announce that in 2015 we are adding two strong leaders to our pastoral team: Pastor Robert Guerrero and Pastor Bryan Loritts.
Robert Guerrero is a New York native, born to Dominican parents in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood. Having earned his degree in theology from Moody Bible Institute, Robert has spent decades working with various church plants in the United States and abroad, focusing on justice and serving the most under-resourced in a church's community. Trinity Grace has long had a relationship with Robert and his wife Dámaris through his work with Redeemer City to City organization where he's been a supporter of our City Collective church planting initiatives, counselor to some of our parish pastors as they build their ministries, and a dear friend. This year, Robert Guerrero will step into the role of Parish Pastor for Trinity Grace Washington Heights. Pastor Gary Wiley will continue to serve alongside Robert. We pray Robert's lifetime of knowledge of the neighborhood, deep love for the culture of the area and confidence of his calling to bring God's renewal to the people of Washington Heights will allow him to lead well in the many years to come.
Bryan Loritts grew up in Philadelphia and later earned his M.A. in Theology from Talbot School of Theology in Southern California. While Bryan has overseen the development of many thriving ministries across the country, he's most sought after for his keen understanding of racial tensions and multi-ethnicity within the context of the church. Most recently Bryan has served as the Lead Pastor of Fellowship Memphis and the Director of Kainos, a movement equipping churches and Christian leaders to diversify their ministry. In 2014, Bryan spoke in New York City for our Center for City Renewal organization on the topic of racial reconciliation. As Bryan and his wife Korie were already sensing God revealing He would be moving them on from their ministry in Memphis, they began to feel a pull toward New York City. Our pastoral team directed our more general prayers and fasting for diversity to prayer specifically about the Loritts family joining us in New York. Over the course of several weeks of seeking God's guidance we are confident Bryan is meant to join our pastoral staff to lead the charge in moving our church family into greater cultural diversity. This summer Bryan will join our central staff as Pastor of Preaching and Mission where he will be available to preach periodically for all of our parishes while he develops leaders who can move us into greater cultural diversity in the years ahead.
We are genuinely humbled by the caliber of these two men God has called to join our team. They are highly gifted leaders with a passion for Jesus and seeing His Kingdom advance in New York City and beyond. That they also have the backgrounds necessary to help us grow into great diversity is truly evidence of God's grace.
We are grateful to see Him moving so evidently and answering our prayers in this regard. We are thrilled to welcome Robert, Bryan and their families to the Trinity Grace Church family and look forward to experiencing the fruit of their involvement in our church.
The year 2013 marks our church's seven year anniversary. We thank God for how he's made his mercy and his grace known in our community in our time and we wait with joyful anticipation for how he will continue to grow within us a culture of the Kingdom of God.
Ephesians 3 says the church is the manifold wisdom of God on display to the principalities and powers. Its people, its life, its culture, its service and its sacrifice are telling a story about the God we serve. Therefore our church doesn't just exist for itself, it exists to declare the glory and heart of God to the world. The following videos express key cultural values that are hallmarks of the Trinity Grace Church community.
We have a conviction that the Creator God is at work to heal and renew the whole world. To follow Jesus and join Him in His mission is to become agents of renewal in our neighborhoods, industries and our city as a whole.
The following are stories of various members of the Trinity Grace Church community living out the call to join God in the renewal of all things.
Our neighborhood churches follow the same teaching series throughout the year and observe the various seasons of the Church calendar. To listen to sermons from our weekend gatherings, please visit the media section of each neighborhood's website where you'll find contextualized teaching, tailored to meet the needs, growth, and movement of the Holy Spirit as expressed in the local congregation.