Holy Trinity AME church is a part of the Second Episcopal District and the Baltimore Annual Conference. We are located in the historical Rock Hall of Kent County Maryland. Since 1800 Holy Trinity has been serving the Rock Hall community. The Early Church paved the way for us today. We will forever remember our Elders for all they have done for the church. Our history has taught us to be ready for changes and to be prepared to share the gospel with our community.
To be a church equipping the kingdom of God with disciples who make disciples by baptizing, teaching and empowering the community.
The first Holy Trinity A.M.E church was built in 1885 according to its cornerstone. However, there is strong evidence that the African American community of Edesville was hold worship service in an earlier church or meeting house at lease 20 years earlier. A leading early member of Holy Trinity was Daniel Johnson, who was born enslaved in Anne Arundel County in 1852 and married Mary Louise Bentley of the Rock Hall area in 1881. They had 22 children and settled in Edesville where Johnson became a leader at Holy Trinity and in the local African American community. One of Johnson’s many descendants was the distinguished educator Rev. Clarence Hawkins.
The church built in 1885 was a two-story structure with the sanctuary on the second floor and the first floor used as a social hall. Apparently, Holy Trinity was well known in the early 20th century for its camp meetings. In June 1905 an organization called the Kent County Improvement and Rescue League for Colored People met at Janes Church and noted with pleasure that only two camp meetings had been held in the previous year, at the A.M.E. churches in Butlertown and Edesville. The League noted that “we are using all our influence to stamp out this evil” and urged officials and ministers of the League not to participate in camp meetings, which nevertheless continued to flourish and are remembered fondly by church members throughout the county.
THE REVEREND SERETA COLLINGTON
Reverand Sereta Collington is a woman of faith who is passionate about helping others to grow in Christ. As the new Pastor of Holy Trinity, her vision is to advance the Kingdom of Christ by equipping and mobilizing Kingdom disciples. She has a passion for Spiritual formation and Journaling, so her prayer is to use her gift to do the work of Christ by teaching saints to take their relationship with the Lord to the next level using a journal and a pen. She has presented at several workshops.
Working hard to present herself to God and receive His approval. Rev. Sereta has a Master's Degree in Divinity from Knox Theological Seminary. Previously, she earned two Bachelor’s degrees: A Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (which she received with honors), in addition to her Masters of Education degree.
She resides with her husband of 17 years and two boys. Her desire is to allow God to use her as His servant; a God who edifies and guides everyone who seeks to know Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Christine Harris—Pro Tem
Exhorter Gerome Macer
Henry Emerson Cotton—Pro Tem
We believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.
The third day He arose from the dead;
He ascended into heaven
and sitteth on the right hand of
God the Father Almighty,
from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit;
the Church universal;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and life everlasting.