OUR HISTORY AND MISSION Trinity Life Baptist Church, started as a "mission church" in January 1992. Oates Baptist Church of Mesquite, Texas and Casa View Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas co-sponsored the church plant. Trinity Life was "chartered" as a church in February 1996.
OUR PASTORAL STAFF Pastor Russell Rogers, Senior Pastor - Pastor Russell began his ministry at the age of 17. He has served as a Youth Pastor, Children's Pastor, and Praise & Worship Pastor prior to becoming the founding pastor of Trinity Life where he has faithfully served as Senior Pastor for eighteen years. He was licensed and ordained to the ministry at Oates Drive Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas in 1992. Pastor Russell has been blessed with the privilege of serving as a guest speaker and Evangelist both nationally and internationally, building partnerships in Latvia, Thailand, India, and around the United States. His degrees include a Bachelor of Science from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and a Master of Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Pastoral Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. He has training in Marital &&Pre-Marital Counseling, Crisis Intervention, has been a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and served as a Chaplain with Victim Relief Ministries. Pastor Russell has served as an adjunct professor of Pastoral Leadership and Church Evangelism at Southern California Seminary in San Diego, California through its on-line education program. Pastor Russell married his wonderful wife Shelly in 1988. They are blessed with five children (three by adoption and two by birth), Austin (1995), Casey (1998), Nathan (2001), Sean (2004), and Lauren (2005). Pastor Russell and Shelly served as foster and adoptive parents with the State of Texas Department of Family Protective Services for more than eleven years. During this time, they were blessed to provide foster care to several children. As Founder and Executive Director of SALT Family Ministries, Pastor Russell is a passionate advocate for Fostering and Adoption. He travels extensively speaking to churches and Christian organizations about the need for Christian homes to be involved in ministering to "the least of these" as Christ commanded. The Dallas Morning News published an article on the topic of Foster and Adoption in which Pastor Russell and his family were featured. Click here to read the story. Pastor Russell enjoys playing golf, fishing, hunting, shooting guns, and traveling, but most of all, he loves to fellowship with friends and family. When asked about his greatest joy, Pastor Russell quickly responded, "Evangelism and Empowerment! I love to preach evangelistic messages to people who enjoy hearing the word proclaimed with passion and power. I love seeing lives transformed by the power of God when truth is proclaimed with boldness. I love the celebration that takes place when people are empowered and motivated to fulfill the great commission!" One of his favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
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