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After a small group of people met for several months in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Anderson of Buras, the first service of Trinity Methodist Church was held in the Buras Community Church on River Road on February 11, 1951.  The congregation was chartered by Rev. H.L. Johns, the District Superintendent, on July 16, 1951.
 
For the first few years, the congregation met in the Community Church.  When Felix Elston donated a piece of land to the church, a building was soon constructed.  W.J. Edgecombe who is a surviving chater member of Trinity UMC still attends regularly. 
 
The first service in the new church was held on August 7, 1955. The church was dedicated on February 18, 1956.

In 1955, the Asbury Church was organized in Venice. Until 1970, the churches were on the same circuit. In 1965, hurricane Betsy destroyed the Asbury Church and severely damaged the Trinity Church. Trinity repaired their church, while Asbury continued to meet in a trailer.  The 1000 Club and Rev. Fred Mead & the Louisiana Conference helped out with the financing.

Disaster struck again when hurricane Camille hit on August 17, 1969. Both the Asbury trailer and the Trinity Church were destroyed. The congregations were able to hold services in the Riverview Baptist Church, which had survived the storm. When Trinity was rebuilt, again with help from the Conference and the 1000 Club, the congregations decided to merge.

When the job market dropped in the mid 1980s, it hit the church hard. The church wondered if it could survive.
Rev. Mark E. Crosby arrived in June 1987 and helped to revive the congregation.                     (Source: History of Trinity United Methodist Church)
 
 Rev. Gene Faurie was appointed to Trinity in 1997 and was serving when hurricane Katrina targeted Buras as ground zero, and came ashore.  Again Trinity is rebuilding and growing once again. 
 
What a tenatious bunch of United Methodists here at Trinity United Methodist Church.....
 
Rev. David Carlton was appointed in June of 2009 and is currently serving during the recovery and rebuilding process.  He invites any one or any team to come and help us rebuild our community and our church.