Rich in history, heritage, tradition, and Spirit, Trinity United Methodist Church remains one of the pillars of faith in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Trinity began in 1887 at a Quarterly Conference when James A. Cannon was elected Steward for Fountain Inn and expressed the desire to have a church here. In 1888, Fountain Inn Methodist Episcopal Church South was organized with 20 members. The Methodists used the old Baptist Church on Main Street until the first structure was erected on the present site. The land was donated by J.A. Cannon and J.I. West. The pastor and members of the church went into the woods, where the pastor (Rev. Nicholas Grady Ballenger) struck the first ax blow for the church framing.
By 1923, the congregation had outgrown the wooden structure and a brick veneer structure was erected on the same site. The church name was also changed from Fountain Inn Methodist Church to Trinity. In March of 1947, the church was destroyed by fire, likely caused by a faulty broiler. Rev. S.R. Glenn wrote of the burning, "I believe more than ever before in a resurrection. Ashes have never been able to smother ideals, Christian principles, or cherished memories. These things refuse to remain trapped under ugly debris. This building will rise again; the choir will be robed again, the memorial windows will inspire us again. This is my faith. God is our hope."
During this time, a beautiful ecumenical spirit was immediately expressed. While the church was still burning, a large contribution to help rebuild was given by Mr. Wilton Stewart Sr., a member of the local Presbyterian church. Children in the church and community were given one penny for every brick they cleaned and these bricks now form the interior wall of the third and present building.
A parsonage and social hall were built in 1953 and the education wing was added in 1973. In 1987, under the leadership of Bill Phillips and Rev. Bill Cooke, a Youth Activities Center was dedicated and served as such until the present Family Life Center was built in 1994. In 2002, a new Allen Organ was donated to Trinity and in 2003, the steeple was added due to the generosity of many members of the church and our community.
As you read, listen, and learn of the history, heritage, and tradition of Trinity United Methodist Church, you can't help but experience the powerful presence of God's Holy Spirit. We hope you join us to see how you FIT in and experience the love, honor, respect that the members of our community of faith have long shared with one another.