History

1990

Hope International

Trinity—originally called Hope International Church—is planted by two C&MA missionaries named Henry Paasonen and Jim Ritchey. The church meets in a hotel conference room in La Défense.

1990
1995

Millers

A couple called the Millers become the full-time pastoral team with a congregation of 35 people. The congregation almost doubles every 2 years, reaching 127 by 2000.

1995
1998

Fred and Carrol Henry

Fred and Carrol Henry assume pastoral leadership.

1998
1999

General Assembly

The church holds its first General Assembly (GA) with 49 members joining.

1999
2000

Trinity International Church

Members unanimously vote to change the name to Trinity International Church because of a cult (sect) in Paris also using the name Hope International. Soon after, Trinity moves from La Défense to the heart of Paris with a congregation of 150 people.

2000
Early 2000s

Genesis

Efforts are made to purchase a building for the church but it proves to be too expensive. With the money that is raised, it is decided to buy a building in the heart of the city to use as a ministry outreach centre. After much prayer and searching, the Lord leads Trinity in 2004 to buy an old jazz club in Châtelet which we now call Genesis.

Early 2000s
2006

Other leaders

Fred & Carrol Henry depart. Over a handful of years to follow, several people serve diligently: the Vickers family, Shelley Ryan, Ron and Lorelei Friesen, and David and Margot Kennedy.

2006
2009

Al and Carol Clason

Trinity is blessed by the arrival of Al and Carol Clason in 2009. They faithfully serve until June 2018, as do a long list of interims and faithful servants who have sacrificed greatly over the years to serve God’s church here in Paris.

2009