Welcome to Holy Trinity Community Church

Our Faith

We are an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. 

Come and join us in worship, attend one of our bible studies, or contact our senior pastor - Rev. Robert Van Ess. We want to meet you!

How We Worship: Music, Scripture, Holy Communion for all - bring a friend and SHARE God's Love.

We Offer

 We offer an extravagant welcome to all people. No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. 

Holy Trinity Community Church

685 S. Highland Street

Memphis TN 38111

Phone: 901-320-9376

Our Goal

Our Common goal is to offer our members: 

  • A spiritual connection
  • A place that affirms them and their families
  • A place that values their questions and experience
  • A place that makes a difference in the world


We believe in the triune God:  Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world. 

We believe that each person is unique and valuable. It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.

We believe that each person is on a spiritual journey and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey.


We believe that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God, engendering love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving life purpose and direction.

We believe that all of the baptized 'belong body and soul to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.' No matter who – no matter what – no matter where we are on life's journey – notwithstanding race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, class or creed – we all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith. All persons baptized – past, present and future – are connected to each other and to God through the sacrament of baptism. We baptize during worship when the community is present because baptism includes the community's promise of 'love, support and care' for the baptized – and we promise that we won't take it back – no matter where your journey leads you.

We believe that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ's table for the sacrament of Communion. Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church. The breaking of bread and the pouring of wine reminds us of the costliness of Christ's sacrifice and the discipleship to which we are all called. In the breaking of bread, we remember and celebrate Christ's presence among us along with a 'cloud of witnesses' – our ancestors, family and friends who have gone before us. It is a great mystery; we claim it by faith.

We believe the UCC is called to be a united and uniting church. "That they may all be one." (John 17:21) "In essentials–unity, in nonessentials–diversity, in all things–charity," These UCC mottos survive because they touch core values deep within us. The UCC has no rigid formulation of doctrine or attachment to creeds or structures. Its overarching creed is love. UCC pastors and teachers are known for their commitment to excellence in theological preparation, interpretation of the scripture and justice advocacy. Even so, love and unity in the midst of our diversity are our greatest assets.

We believe that God calls us to be servants in the service of others and to be good stewards of the earth's resources. 'To believe is to care; to care is to do.'

We believe that the UCC is called to be a prophetic church. As in the tradition of the prophets and apostles, God calls the church to speak truth to power, liberate the oppressed, care for the poor and comfort the afflicted.

We believe in the power of peace, and work for nonviolent solutions to local, national, and international problems.

We are a people of possibility. In the UCC, members, congregations and structures have the breathing room to explore and to hear ... for after all, God is still speaking, ...




  • Adult Sunday School every Sunday morning at 9:30 AM in the Chapel


  • Worship every Sunday morning at 11 AM


  • Children’s Faith Formation every Sunday morning during worship


  • Bible Study every Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM in the Sunday school room or Hammett Hall (on the lower level)


  • Monthly Potluck – last Sunday of every month after morning worship


  • Voices of Vision: band rehearsal every Tuesday at 6:45 PM. Choir rehearsal every second Tuesday of every month with band at 6:45 PM. Choir also rehearses every Sunday at 9 AM prior to worship.

Scripture Reading

 “May the GRACE of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the LOVE of God, and the FELLOWSHIP of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” – 2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV 


Holy Trinity Community Church

685 South Highland Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38111, United States


Hours of Operation



Please call 901-320-9376 or email Pastor Robert Van Ess at to arrange an appointment.