About Us

We love Jesus Christ.   Do you?

Trinity OPC is part of the Orthodox Presbyterian “denomination".  If you are interested in learning more about the OPC and its doctrines and ministry, we invite you to look at the following links:

The denomination’s website:  http://www.opc.org
Book of Order:  www.opc.org/order.html
Presbytery:  www.pnwopc.org
Info about the OPC:  What Is the OPC?

What We Believe:

Our theological  roots  tie to the Biblical beliefs of the 16th century.  We embrace the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Assemblies’  Larger and Shorter Catechisms produced in 1647 as the system of doctrine rooted in the Bible.  We are evangelical, reformed, and Calvinist by heritage and  embrace the Apostle’s and Nicene Creeds as summaries of our significant beliefs.

We are committed, without reservation, to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and accept them  as the only infallible rule of faith and  practice.  The Bible is God’s own revelation, revealing the truth about who He God is, what He has done, and how we may please Him.  It teaches that God the Father gave up His Son, Jesus Christ, to death on the cross to pay the penalty for the  sins of His people.

We believe  that  the accurate, Christ-centered preaching of the Word enables, exhorts, nurtures and shepherds us in the ways of the Lord.  We preach, without apology, the changeless Gospel of God’s saving grace, 'the faith which was once delivered unto the saints'.

We believe that man’s chief purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever!

 

Diving Deeper

As we think about the church’s mission in this world and how we can best fulfill our calling to glorify God and enjoy him forever. Here are five guiding principles to serve us in this endeavor. They are:

  1. We are Biblically Grounded:  The Scriptures are our ultimate authority.  The Bible is God’s infallible and inerrant Word and the final arbiter of all matters pertaining to the Christian’s doctrine and life.
  2. We are Christ-centered in Mission:  The ministry that God has given the church is the ministry of reconciliation with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.  All of Scripture points to Jesus and his work of redemption.  Preaching Christ and him crucified as the only means of salvation is at the center of all that we do.
  3. We are God-centered in Worship:  Our goal in worship is to glorify our Triune God.  As such we will be guided by His Word in determining what will be included in worship and what will be left out.  The Word of God will be central both in its reading and its proclamation.  We will be active participants in this worship both in the respectful listening to His Word and in our giving glory to God in our response.
  4. We are Confessionally Reformed:  We believe that the reformed doctrines expounded in the Westminster Standards summarize accurately the doctrines set forth in the scripture.  Thus we believe in a sovereign God who has entered into a covenantal relationship with his people and saves them by grace alone, through faith alone, by Christ alone.  See links to these standards below.
  5. We are Presbyterian in Government:  We believe that God has called his people to be members of the body of Christ, the church.  The Bible has given direction to the church as to how the Lord would have it governed.  He has given his church the offices of minister, elder and deacon.  These offices are to be occupied by biblically qualified men who are called and ordained to serve the church with all humility, diligence and love for God and his people.

Our Confession and Catechisms

Our confession and catechisms are a summary of what we believe the Bible teaches.  The Orthodox Presbyterian Church adopted the Westminster Confession of Faith, Larger and Shorter Catechisms (1647), as its secondary standards, the Bible itself being the only infallible rule of faith and practice. Officers in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church take a vow to "sincerely receive and adopt" these confessional documents "as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures."

At Trinity we believe faith is a journey and embrace people wherever they are on that journey!   Our community of faith is composed of people from many different backgrounds and life experiences.  We currently have around 50 members.  We have a good mix of young families, singles and elderly members.   Corporately, we are united in our journey in this world, desiring to exalt God and follow Jesus Christ.  We would love to meet you and grow together in our faith in Christ.


Picture from a ladies' group event.

Marc Renkema

Rev. Marcus “Marc” Renkema is a PK (preacher’s kid) born in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada. He came to the United States in 1985 to attend Dordt College located in Sioux City, IA.  Early in 1987 his parents also came to the United States when his father, Reverend William “Bill” Renkema took up a pastoral assignment in this country. By providence his father would pastor an OPC church in Port Angeles, WA immediately before his retirement allowing family time in Washington and pastoral sharing.

In 1989 Marc graduated from Dordt College with a B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Theology.  He continued his undergraduate studies in Theology at the Reformed Bible College in Grand Rapids, MI 1989-1990. He obtained his Master of Divinity from Westminster Seminary California (WSC), Escondido, CA.  After graduation in 1993, Marc was ordained as an elder and was Pastor of Congregational Outreach at the First Christian Reformed Church in Chino, CA from 1994-1997.

Marc joined the Orthodox Presbyterian denomination, settling in at Trinity in 1997. Marc became a teaching elder at Trinity and later filled the pulpit for a year during the absence of Trinity’s former pastor, Earl Vanderhoff, who later chose to become a full time chaplain with the army. Meanwhile, Marc was ordained by the OPC Presbytery of the Northwest in October 1998 and was called to be the Pastor at Trinity. Our pastor is also the Chairman of the Presbytery Northwest Visitation Committee which visits OPC churches within the presbytery.  This enables Marc to connect with a network of other pastors and sense the pulse of multiple churches.  Marc is also an adjunct professor at Northwest Theological Seminary where he teaches Pastoral Theology (counseling).

Listeners can easily assess Marc’s teaching prowess and will quickly learn that he is a highly-principled man. Not so obvious are his other human qualities. Marc is a devoted, fun-loving father and a gentle, supporting husband. He is an extraordinarily caring person with a genuine heart-felt compassion for others. Get to know him and you will enjoy his quick-wit and keen sense of humor.   He is an avid reader of history, politics, and current events.

While Marc is an experienced counselor, his real passion is to preach and teach the Scriptures.  He faithfully exhorts them, delivering the real meat of God’s Word with passion and clarity.

Elders

God, in His Word, instructed his church to appoint elders to lead his people. The apostle Peter instructs the elders of the church saying in 1 Peter 5:1-4, “The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed:  Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.”

Trinity OPC is blessed to have men who have been called to this office. Jeff and Paul have both served Trinity for many years.  Ben was recently ordained as an elder. They are respected leaders in the church and are looked to for godly advice and counsel.  Most importantly, they love the Lord and are eager to serve him.   


Paul Rorberg

Jeff O'Connell

Ben Vanderhoff 

Deacons

In Acts 6:1-6, the Lord institutes the office of the deacon to serve the church in ministries of mercy.  For more about the office of deacon, you may look at the following link:  Deacons in the Church The deacons readily show the love of Christ to those who have need.  

Trinity OPC has been blessed with two deacons.  Joseph and Brad are committed to serving Christ and his church.  

Joseph Tolentino

 

Brad O'Connell