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Trinity of Gentilly United Methodist Church
 2221 Filmore
2003 Membership
Date Founded

Due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina, Trinity of Gentilly UMC was closed in 2007.

     Much as the United Methodist Church today is a combination of many groups, the Trinity United Methodist Church has came out of several organizations.  
     In 1840, a group of mission workers started services in half of a double house on Spain Street.  After 2 years, a church was built at the corner of Dauphine and Piety Streets.  A new church was built in 1854 at the corner of Chartres and Almonaster.  In 1899, the Spain Street and Second German Missions joined and became the Burgundy Street Methodist Church.  In 1906, the old German building was torn down.  Services were temporarily held at Spain and Rampart Streets.  A new church, the Second Methodist Church, was completed by the summer of 1907 and dedicated on February 2, 1913.  The pastor at this time was Rev. A.I. Townsley.
     After a planning meeting on November 1, the first service of Elysian Fields Methodist Church was held on November 12, 1948 at George Lambert's Plumbing Shop.  The sermon was delivered by Bill Matthews.  On April 4, 1949, the growing congregation moved to Pitt Theater.  Construction started on the sanctuary at 2221 Filmore Avenue in 1953 and was completed in the summer of 1957.   On June 17, 1984, the Elysian Fields Methodist Church merged with the Second United Methodist Church to become the Trinity Methodist Church.  The combined membership was 224 ... 192 from Elysian Fields and 32 from Second.  The pastor of Elysian Fields, Rev. Mickey D. Stringfield, became the first pastor of the merged congregations.
     The Gentilly Methodist Church began meeting in an apartment on Wisteria St. around 1930.  Rev. Ira Flowers was the first pastor.  A church was built.  In 1936, the church was dismantled and rebuilt at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Wisteria Street.  Rev. A.W. Townsend, pastor at that time, called it "The Little Chapel of the Golden Windows."
     On June 1, 1992, under the leadership of Dr. Richard Stiltner, the Gentilly and Trinity United Methodist Churches merged to become the Trinity United Methodist Church of Gentilly.
How to Get There:
    From I-10, take the Elysian Fields exit and head north.  After about 1.5 miles, you will turn right at Filmore Ave.  After about a block, the church will be on the left, at the corner of Filmore and Marigny.
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