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Planting Churches in the Nation’s Capital

06. June 2007

Columns, Congregation of the Month,

  

Trinity RPC

Location: Beltsville, Md.

Presbytery: Alleghenies

Organized: Feb. 1990

Membership: 78 communicant, 31 baptized (includes 12 communicant and 4 baptized in Harper’s Ferry)

Pastors: Steve Bradley (senior), Kent Butterfield (associate)

Web Site: http://www.trinityrpc.org

Our History

In the mid-1980s, a group of Covenanters embarked on a mission to establish Reformed Presbyterian churches in the Washington, D.C., area. Harold Hutcheson and Brad Stewart lived in the area and worshiped at a local church. Randy Van Osdol moved to the area as a tentmaking pastor. Ken A. Smith entered a doctoral degree program at the University of Maryland. This group of men and their families began meeting for Bible studies in hotels and a public school. Local residents and a number of new Geneva College graduates later joined the work, and the Trinity RPC was officially established in 1990 with Randy Van Osdol as the first pastor. A few years later, a second congregation, Anchor Fellowship RPC, was established in Waldorf, Md.

By the mid-1990s several of the early members had moved out of the area, and Trinity RPC was without a pastor. While this was a discouraging time, the congregation was blessed by the ministry and encouragement of men from the Pittsburgh area who came to fill the ...

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