Trinity Church is a new church now meeting in Fort Washington. Its Pastor, Mark Chripczuk, is kind, well-traveled and humorous, but is serious about building a sense of community at his church, and invites you to be a part of it.
Below are some questions we asked of him to have you get to know Trinity Church and its leader:
Briefly describe what your church is about.
We believe that Christianity is good news about what Jesus has done for us not simply good advice on how to live. It is grace that saves us and keeps us. When we can rest in that truth it gives tremendous freedom and meaning to our marriages, families, relationships, work, and every aspect of our lives.
What makes your church different?
Trinity is a place where its OK to not be OK, but its not OK for us to leave you there. Because we rest in the finished work of Jesus our work to prove ourselves is finished. It means we can take off the mask and know each other as real people. There is no need to pretend to be a better version of yourself. Trinity Church is not perfect and neither are you! We simply point to a God who is perfect and has called us to himself. It sounds like a match made in heaven.
We want to take this ancient message and marry it to our modern world. On most Sundays you’ll find me preaching in jeans and a plaid shirt. Our music is modern and sounds like something you’d hear on the radio. While the vibe is modern, the message is timeless.
Why should people join your church?
Every person views themselves through a particular lens. You’re familiar with many of these. People define themselves through their jobs, education, social class, bank account balance, and dozens of other things. But so many of these pursuits leave us empty or even fail us. Even the best things, like family, are shot through with difficulty and disappointment.
All week long we are assaulted by these messages that make outrageous promises that can never deliver – the car ad implies our life will be exciting once we get the latest model, our banker is peddling peace of mind found in a number, our co-worker’s recent success compels us to forsake rest until that promotion is ours, and on and on it goes. Its enough to make a person scream! There is a better way to live.
So what happens on Sunday mornings that is so special? It is a chance to put those lesser glories aside. It is an opportunity to gather as the family of God to remind ourselves of the greater story of the gospel and reorient our minds and hearts according to what Jesus has already provided for us. Promises that are guaranteed.
Sundays at Trinity Church are just too good to miss! This message of good news is in the morning sermon, in our small conversations, in the liturgy and in the songs we sing. Being a part of Trinity Church is a chance to continually remind ourselves that God is bigger and better than even the best of what this world can offer. And that makes this life all the sweeter.
What inspired you to start this church?
I was on staff as an Associate Pastor at a church in Warrington. It is there that my love of the “church” really started to blossom – the fact that a group of people who have no business being friends can be more than friends – they can be family! From there I went to seminary in Louisville, KY. It was always my desire to come back and plant a church in the Philly area. Though there are many great churches in our neighborhoods the fact is that churches are closing faster than new ones can get started. We are excited to be “the new kid on the block” and hope we can be a blessing and positive influence in our community.
How many members do you have?
We currently have about 75 adults attending regularly with about half as many kids. The church is made up of many young families so the kids are always creating an energetic buzz!
Any advice for perspective members or those looking for a new worship place?
If you are looking for a place to belong, come check us out. We are serious about the Bible and community. Our music has a modern rock flavor to it and the band is simply amazing. Come as you are. We are not a formal or dressy church. We have a great program for the kids each Sunday morning and strive to equip parents and families well. I would like to say that we are very welcoming to new people and would love to have anyone come and check us out.
Are there employment or volunteer opportunities with your church?
There are many ways to serve at Trinity Church both within the church and in the community. As a young church we are actively pursuing relationships with local organizations to come alongside the good work that others are doing. The more we know, the more we are able to participate in.
On the Personal Side…
Why did you choose to live in Springfield?
My wife and I – and our three boys – love Springfield. After attending school in Louisville Kentucky for three years (and picking up some great college basketball teams to pull for) we moved back to this area and settled in Oreland. It was there that we came to love this township. We have two boys in the district and a third will be starting soon. We have nothing but glowing reviews for our schools and teachers. We think they are amazing! More than just the schools we love our neighborhoods. Springfield has a strong community feeling which is something we really value. It’s the small town feel but the advantages of living just outside the city.
What’s your favorite thing about Springfield?
It’s a great feeling to know your neighbors and be able to have a conversation with them beyond just the weather and the Eagles. Its also fun to run into familiar faces at school events, the gym, and the grocery store.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Passionate. Slightly-Nerdy. Techie. Foodie. Athletic. Philly Sports Fan. Slightly Rebellious, Oh, I’m sorry, you said 3 words?
Do you have a favorite business/restaurant?
We are somewhat partial to Oreland since it is where we first lived. We are pretty regular customers at Oreland Pizza on Friday nights – I love the cheese steaks there. And have you ever had a peanut butter sundae from Bliss? Simply amazing!
Do you have a favorite event in Springfield?
Its hard to beat the 4th of July parade. Its great to see the community get together for such a fun day.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I love to spend time with my wife and three boys. My boys and I love being outside. We enjoy exploring the creek at Cisco Park. My wife and I love to try new restaurants. I also enjoy playing basketball, soccer and volleyball.
What superpowers would you choose if you could choose one?
I always thought reading minds would be pretty awesome – then again, it might also be pretty scary!
If you had just one wish, what would it be?
One million more wishes. Ha! Maybe for Bliss to do deliveries (see above answer).
Have you traveled internationally? If so where, and which was your favorite?
My family has roots spread out across the globe so I have been to Canada, Ukraine, Paraguay, Argentina, and I was actually born in Perth, Australia. I have also been to England and Ireland. I would have to say that Ireland was my favorite.
Where have you visited in the US? Which location is your favorite?
I have been all over the country. While in college I studied for a semester in Seattle, WA. My roommate and I took two weeks to drive cross-country in his old VW Jetta – that was a memorable drive! On the way home we were headed to San Diego but broke down in a forest of redwoods. We finally got to some friends in Denver. At that point, we were so antsy to get back for Christmas that we drove non-stop from Denver to D.C. (30+ hours) taking shifts sleeping and driving. That part was not so fun. I think my favorite place though would have to be either the beaches in Florida or San Francisco and Napa Valley.
What’s something you can’t live without?
A dinner table. I can think of no better way to spend an evening than sitting around a table with a good meal and good friends.