Trinity Reformed Church of South Whitley, Indiana

A new building, and a new name, for Trinity



Trinity Reformed Church
115 E. Market St.
South Whitley, IN 46787

Trinity Evangelical Church, established in Larwill in 2006, is getting a new building and a new name.

Starting in January 2023, the church’s name will be Trinity Reformed Church and will relocate to a larger facility in South Whitley, Indiana.

The building in South Whitley, which formerly housed the Church of God, is located at the corner of East Market and North Maple streets.

The 7,100-square-foot structure includes a large sanctuary built in 1972 which is attached to the original 19th-century church building that has since been divided into a dozen rooms. The old section also contains a fellowship hall, kitchen, and five restrooms, four more than what Trinity has in its Larwill building.

The South Whitley facility also includes a large foyer, offices for the church’s pastor and a secretary, and handicap accessibility, all of which are lacking in the church’s current building in Larwill.

Why the name Trinity Reformed Church?

Even before the South Whitley building was purchased, Trinity had been considering a name change. Several other churches in the region also have “Trinity Evangelical” as part of their name. With a new building, the congregation thought it was a good opportunity to establish a new name that retains the word “Trinity” while also explaining the church’s most essential distinctive.

Trinity: The church worships the Triune God, which links it to the historic church throughout the ages and all over the world.

Reformed: The church maintains Reformed doctrines and practices, sometimes called by the shorthand Calvinism, handed down from the Protestant Reformation.

Trinity is a member of the Communion of Reformed Churches (CREC), an international church community of evangelical believers shaped by the Reformation. The denomination is committed to the evangelical tenets of biblical authority and the free grace of God in Christ. Its churches believe that Jesus is King and Lord of heaven and earth.

The one hundred or so churches and parishes of the CREC are spread across North and South America, Western and Eastern Europe, and Eastern Asia.

In January, the church’s website will switch to

  • Jon Swerens is a lifelong journalist and has been an elder at Trinity Reformed Church since 2021.