Priest’s Welcome Message

Greetings to you, dearly beloved, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I am delighted to welcome you to the website of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, formerly known as St. Philip & St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the two historic African American Episcopal Churches in the Twin Cities of Minnesota since the 1800’s. After 100 plus years of successful respective mission works of St. Philip’s in Saint Paul and St. Thomas in South Minneapolis, both congregations resolved to merge on January 27, 2008. The merger was precipitated by the changed missional realities of both congregations and also due to their common histories.

As you navigate our website, it is my hope and prayer that you will be informed about who we are, enlightened by our missional initiatives, and above all inspired about the new things God is doing among us. Finally, you are invited and encouraged to worship with us and become a member if you so desire. We worship at 11 a.m. at 1636 Van Buren Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104. Holy Trinity is a warm and hospitable congregation; come and visit with us!

If you feel the need for prayer please do not hesitate to call our church at 651-228-0930, and leave a message in case no one answers the phone, and we will surely get back to you.

Again, welcome.

Fr. James N. Wilson, II – BA.TH, MTS, DMIN

Priest-in-Charge 

One response

9 06 2012
Phillip Ayeers

Father James,
All the best and richest blessings to you and the congregation of Holy Trinity, St. Paul. When I was in St. Paul (Rector of St. Paul’s on the Hill from 1988-1991), I filled in for Fr. Melvin at St. Philip’s a few times after I left St. Paul’s. I was always impressed with the rich spirit in the place. Fr. Earl Neil, a dear friend from our Wichita, KS days, was “raised up” from St. Philip’s, so I felt a special affection for the place. For a time, my parish and St. Philip’s were in a sort of “cluster,” sharing services and fun.
Here in Portland, OR, where I now reside, we have St. Philip the Deacon, a small, multi-cultural and historically Black parish, currently looking for a permanent rector. I’m on a rota of supply clergy for them, as well, and thoroughly enjoy my times there. This comes with every good wish and with prayer.
Fr. Phillip Ayers,
Assistant Priest, Ss. Peter & Paul Parish, Portland, OR

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