For more than 100 years, Williamsburg has been home to small communities of Italian, Jewish, Polish, Hispanic, and African American people groups. Most of these people were first generation immigrants that worked blue collar jobs, making Williamsburg home to much of the city’s industrial factories. During the first decade of the 21st century, young artists and entrepreneurs began moving to the neighborhood, causing a wave of gentrification. These culture-makers rewrote the story of the neighborhood, and Williamsburg is now the trendsetter for creative industries and pop subculture worldwide. With almost 200,000 residents, Williamsburg has become one of the most densely populated, diverse, and fractured neighborhoods in NYC as its ethnically and socio-economically diverse residents share apartment buildings but rarely communicate cross-culturally. Most recently, a growing number of young families are moving into the neighborhood’s new waterfront high-rise developments, making Williamsburg one of NYC’s few sustainable neighborhoods for family life.
OUR CHURCH'S STORY
The story of Trinity Grace Church Williamsburg began in 2005 when Robert and Sarah Elkin moved to the neighborhood to start Williamsburg Church, which became a community of people that loved each other and served the neighborhood. In 2012, the church experienced several difficulties that led to its closing, and among the small group of people who remained, there was a growing sense that God was calling them to re-imagine what a church could look like in North Brooklyn. In 2013, they began meeting in the Elkin’s living room, and on Easter, they decided to move back into their church space. As they practiced simple rhythms of prayer, Scripture reading, sharing meals, and celebration, the group quadrupled in size and experienced the miraculous, resurrection power of God.
At the same time that God was rewriting the story of Williamsburg Church, Tyler and Kirsten Staton began sensing a call from God to start a church in Williamsburg. Tyler served for 5 years as a pastor at TGC East Village before beginning the process of planting a Trinity Grace parish in Williamsburg. As their stories paralleled, Robert and Tyler became close friends and began seeking God on behalf of the neighborhood together. Over time, guided by a strong conviction that the church is better together - as one unified body - than apart, these two communities became one: Trinity Grace Church Williamsburg.
OUR DREAM FOR A CHURCH
We envision a vibrant church community that embraces sacrificial love in a neighborhood known for individual pursuit and competitive cultural relevancy.
We envision a church that will be marked by a deep, rooted commitment to staying and raising families in the neighborhood. In a place built on the shaky foundation of transience, we are beginning with a group of families who call this place home, are committed to staying long-term, and desire to be a stabilizing force in a place of constant change.
We envision a church that breaks down the barriers that exist between people groups in our neighborhood. The church will be a picture of a greater Kingdom by being a place of deep belonging, equality, and value for everyone: the Italian family who has shared the same apartment for generations, the young entrepreneur who has arrived in the neighborhood to make a cultural mark, the elderly Polish couple who has watched Brooklyn slowly but surely transform over decades, and the first generation Puerto Rican immigrant struggling to navigate the city and get basic necessities.
We envision a church that equips and empowers people to join God's renewing work in every sector of our neighborhood and city. Whether an artist or businessperson, stay at home parent or teacher, we believe that everyone has a unique part and calling in God's story, and that both our wounds and our talents can be used for the common good.
More than anything else, we, as a team, believe in a community of prayer and faith. We believe that God is the architect and builder of his church, and “unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1). We are committed to crying out to God early in the morning and late at night to build His church in Williamsburg.
We currently gather every Sunday at 11am for worship, prayer, teaching, and brunch. This is an incredibly formative time for our church as we are laying a cultural foundation and imagining a new church together. We also hang out every Wednesday night at Spritzenhaus and at various other times and places. We would love for you to visit on a Sunday morning or Wednesday evening. Please email us if you would like to hear more about this new church.
We are a new community following Jesus and loving the neighborhoods of North Brooklyn.
Services at 10am and Noon.
Trinity Grace Church Williamsburg invites you to join us for a FREE THANKSGIVING FEAST! Make sure to invite friends, family and anyone else that might be interested....
Trinity Grace Church Williamsburg invites you to our FREE monthly meal for the whole neighborhood! Everyone is welcome. Feel free to invite friends, family and...
In an effort to honor North Brooklyn’s rich history, on Saturday, June 18 at 7pm, we will have a screening of the film Los Sures, followed by panel of longtime...
At the All-Parish gathering recently, Trinity Grace founding pastor Jon Tyson spoke about what it means to be witnesses to Jesus' life and ministry, rather than...