September 28, 2006 - Issue: Vol. 152, No. 124 — Daily Edition109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - 2nd Session
RECOGNIZING THE FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH; Congressional Record Vol. 152, No. 124
(Extensions of Remarks - September 28, 2006)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1874-E1875] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING THE FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH ______ HON. CHARLES H. TAYLOR of north carolina in the house of representatives Wednesday, September 27, 2006 Mr. TAYLOR of North Carolina. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Trinity Baptist Church of Asheville, North Carolina. On October 1, 2006 Trinity Baptist will celebrate 40 years of service to the people of Western North Carolina, and I commend them for the leadership and tireless work they have contributed to the Asheville community. With 60 members under the direction of Rev. Ralph Sexton, Sr. as the Pastor and Dr. James A. Stewart as the Honorary Pastor, a building for Trinity Baptist Church founded upon the scripture from Psalm 127:1, ``Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.'' For 13 years, Dr. Ralph Sexton, Jr. served as staff evangelist and youth pastor under his father. On the first Sunday of April 1988, upon his father's resignation as senior pastor, Dr. Ralph Sexton, Jr. became the senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church. As the church continued to grow, mission outreach was increased both at home and abroad. To meet the needs of the growing congregation, several buildings have been erected. The Family Life Center was built in 1984 housing office space, a kitchen, fellowship room and gymnasium, to provide a space for fun, food and fellowship for the whole family. In 1992 a Baby Palace was added to meet the need of the growing families of the church. A Bible Institute program was started in 1989 for those who wish to devote their lives to the ministry of learning to serve; this became a 4-year Bible College in 1993. Most recently the church built a 1,500- seat sanctuary which has been named the ``Tabernacle of the Mountains'' in honor of the life and ministry of Dr. Ralph Sexton, Sr., who served the congregation for 22 years. In 1991, Trinity Baptist Church opened their doors to Russian immigrants many of whom came to this country because of religious persecution. Trinity Baptist Church accommodated the immigrants by providing services in their native languages, in addition to sponsoring many of the immigrants. In 1994, the EEOC threatened religious freedom by prohibiting any expression of religious faith in the workplace. Trinity Baptist Church worked with me and other area churches to preclude these improper regulations. Pastor Sexton and members of Trinity [[Page E1875]] Baptist Church met with me in acknowledgement of our success in fighting for first amendment rights. One of the many outreach programs of Trinity Baptist Church is Hearts with Hands. Hearts with Hands is a disaster relief organization that provides humanitarian aide to worldwide victims of hurricanes, tornadoes, and tsunamis. To this day, this organization is still working with many of the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Again, it is my privilege to recognize the great accomplishments and leadership of Trinity Baptist Church over the past 40 years, and I, along with the rest of the United States Congress, wish for their good work to continue. ____________________