About Us

  • Christ-centered Family-Oriented Community of Believers: With Christ as our central focus, we are equally committed to individuals and families.
  • Holy Spirit Filled: We are obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit in worship and in practice.
  • A Deepening Relationship with God and One Another Resulting in Growth Toward Christ-likeness: We are committed to guiding believers into a spiritual way of life that is achieved through mentoring, open worship, active prayer and the diligent study of the Word of God.
  • Outreach-Oriented Ministries: We desire to actively reach out to our lost neighbors, both near and far, by using all available means.

Our Beliefs:

Trinity Christian Center is a Christ-centered, family-oriented community, committed to a deepening relationship with God and one another. We grow toward Christ-likeness through prayer, Holy Spirit-filled worship, and Biblically faithful preaching, teaching, and mentoring. We promote excellence as an organization which prioritizes outreach-oriented ministry that embraces the cultural diversity of South Lakeland, Highland City, and the surrounding communities.

  • Biblically Faithful: We believe in the infallible Word of God as the basis for daily living and all doctrines of the church. Scripture is the final authority in our preaching, teaching and all ministries. 
  • Excellence as an Organization: Because of Christ’s example, we strive for excellence in all of the church’s activities. We emphasize effectively organized ministries that empower people to participate by serving Christ and others.
  • ​Cultural Diversity: We encourage freedom in Christ and worship by embracing cultural diversity and welcoming people to be real in a place of safety.
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Pastoral Staff
Joined Trinity Staff: April 1995

Areas of Ministry: Senior Pastor

Family: Valonne (wife, married July 2, 1982); Amanda (Husband, Matt Peters), Krista (Husband, Rob Sanders), Jonathan & Rhonda

Saved: September 5, 1966

Education: BA Pastoral Ministry, Southeastern College.  MA Ministerial Leadership, Southeastern University.

Previous Line of Work: Substance Abuse counselor/Motor Coach Operator

One of the Things I Find Most Fascinating: At the risk of sounding cliche, the most fascinating thing to me is the Bible. There has never been a book like it; so much wisdom, so much love, so much knowledge. I never tire of reading it.
Pastor Philip & Valonne Hulzebos 
Lead Pastor
Life Motto:
Live on purpose. “Follow me as I follow Christ”
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Pastor Luis &
Elvira Ortiz
Area of ministry: Teaching/Worship Leader/Piano Keyboard Player

Family: Married to Elvira with 3 kids: Adriana, Benjamin, Abraham

Saved: September 1982

Education: AS in Chemical Engineering 1980. Pastoral & Missionary training at Iglesia Nuevo Testamento Pentecostal

Previous Line of Work: Lab Tech Chemical/Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Trinity en Español
One of the Things I Find Most Fascinating:

"The Gospels"
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Pastor Tony &
​Donna Murphy
Joined Trinity Staff: March 2006

Areas of Ministry: Associate Pastor

Family: Donna Murphy (Wife)

Saved: At the age of 12

Education: BFA from Florida Atlantic University

Previous Line of Work: Restaurant and Retail Management
Associate Pastor
One of the Things I Find Most Fascinating:

"How God places people and things together for good."
Andrew Ross
Joined the Staff: March 1, 2018

Ministry: Worship/music Family: Mother, Father and younger brother

Saved: Age 4 but I made my faith in Christ personal at age 15

Education: Working on Undergraduate degree at Southeastern University studying Children, Youth and Family Ministry.

Something I Find Fascinating: Cars, I’m a huge car guy.

Life Motto: Love God and Love people. 
Worship Pastor/ Music Director
Favorite Scripture:

"For God did not send his Son into to world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
​John 3:17 NIV

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Austin Gay
Joined Trinity Staff: September 9, 2016

Area of ministry: Youth Ministries

Family: Rodger, Ann (parents) Tyler (older bro) Brayden (younger bro)

Saved: when I was 5 in 2000

Education: Highschool diploma, Pursuing Bachelors degree (senior)

Previous line of work: Rutters (convenience store)

One of the Things I Find Most Fascinating: How the human body works
Youth Pastor
Favorite scripture: "Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life." Galatians 6:8 NIV 
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Michael Hinton
 Joined Trinity Staff: March 2017

Areas of Ministry: Children’s Ministry

Family: One of 5 siblings 

Saved: June 23rd 2006 

Education: Bachelors of Science in criminal justice; pursuing Master of Arts in ministerial leadership

Previous Line of Work: Macy’s Lead

One of the Things I Find Most Fascinating: Music and instrumentation
Children's Pastor
Favorite scripture:
 “Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone-especially to those in the family of faith.” Galatians 6:10 NLT
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Location and Service Times
8:45 am - Connection Cafe fellowship - Gym lobby
9:00 am - Sunday, Upper Room, & Couples Sunday School
10:30 am - Sunday Morning Service - Sanctuary
11:00 am - Children’s Church - In the gym
6:00 pm - Children’s Church - In the gym
6:00 pm - Youth Services - Gym
6:00 pm - Heart for Home Courageous Parenting - Building C (2-story)
6:00 pm - The Armor of God - Gym, Upper Room

11:00 am - Women’s Bible Study 
12:00 pm - Men's Lunch - Sal's Pizza - 4660 Co Rd 540A Lakeland

7:00 pm - Rainbows & Girl's Ministries - Building D
7:00 pm - Royal Rangers - Ranger Room Building E
7:00 pm - Nehemiah - Pictures of the Holy Spirit - Gym conference room

10:00am – First Place 4 Heath

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​​​​​Simply text the amount (ex. $40) to ​​(863)-657-0857. For your first donation, you will be prompted to set up and account with your Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit or debit card. TCC's different minitry funds can be displayed by texting "funds" to the above number. 
Our Ministries
"Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 NIV
Worship with us every Sunday morning at 10:30am in the Sanctuary.
Youth, grades 6-12, meets every Sunday morning in the Sanctuary for praise and worship and then goes to the gym for service. We also meet Sunday nights at 6pm. 
Children's Church, grades K-5 meets every Sunday in the Sanctuary for praise and worship and then goes to the gym for service. 
Children's Church
Royal Rangers seeks to mentor future men beginning at age 5 and continuing to the age of 18. Royal Rangers meets every Wednesday at 7pm. 
Girls Ministries has a mission to lead young girls to become strong, godly women. Girls Ministries meets every Wednesday night at 7pm. 
Royal Rangers
Girls Ministries
Trinity en Español
Trinity en Español meets in the two-story building behind the sancutary, every Sunday morning at 10:30am. Following every service, our congregation meets for lunch to further relationships according to Acts 2:42. 

Trinity en Español offers a service in Spanish for our Spanish speaking community. They begin with a worship service followed by a sermon from Pastor Luis Ortiz. 

Trinity en Español also offers various small groups to help members of the congregation grow in their faith. Feel free to contact Pastor Luis and/or Elvira for any details regarding small groups and meeting times. 

" And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers." Acts 2:42
Trinity en Español se reune en el edificio de dos niveles cada domingo en la mañana a las 10:30 am. Después de cada servicio, compartimos los alimentos y partimos el pan siguiendo el patrón de la iglesia primitiva de acuerdo a Hechos 2:42.
“Y perseveraban en la doctrina de los apóstoles, en la communión unos con ostros, en el partimiento del pan y en las oraciones.” Hechos 2:42
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  1. Wednesdays: @7PM
    Girl's Ministries, Royal Rangers and Small Group
    Girl's ministries and rainbows meet in D building and focus on building up young girls to become powerful women of God! Royal rangers meet in E building and seek to mentor future men. The small group on Nehemiah meet in the Gym Conference Room and are currently discussing the Holy Spirit.
  2. Saturdays: @10AM
    First Place 4 Health
    Join us on our fitness journey to discover a biblical approach to weight loss and health management! We use bible study, prayer and scripture memory to aid us in treating our bodies like temples of the Lord!
  3. Sunday: March 11th After Sunday Morning Service
    Royal Ranger Spaghetti Lunch
    Join us for a Spaghetti lunch to help raise funds to send our boys to POW WOW April 6th-8th. Meals will include spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, bread, tea, lemonade or coffee. It is $8 a plate for adults and $4 for kids 13 and under!
  4. Friday: April 20-22, 2018 @ 3:00PM
    Women's Retreat
    The Women’s Retreat is April 20-22, 2018. Due to peak season, there will be an additional $25 more per person in a room of four collected in March. If you are not already scheduled to join us, this is another opportunity to sign up!
Minstry Departments:
Adult Ministries- Wayne and Beth Thomas

Deaf Ministries- Judi Cole

Evangelism Director- Jeanie Kilts

Girls Ministries- Joy Newman

Life Group Coordinator- Linda Searcy

​Nursey Ministries Directors- Amanda Peters and Krista Sanders

Royal Rangers Senior Commander - Al Rowland

Sunday School Superintendent- Paul Searcy

Womens' Ministries- Valonne Hulzebos 

  1. Sunday School
    Sunday School
    Starting at 9:00am on Sundays, we offer various classes based on age in order to uniquely create lesson plans for individuals as they go through different times of their lives.
  2. Nursery Ministries
    Nursery Ministries
    Trinity's Nursery offers a safe place for parents to bring their kids, from ages infant to 5 years, while they attend the morning service.
  3. American Sign Language
    American Sign Language
    Every Sunday, we offer an American Sign Language interpretation of the sermon for our hearing impaired members of the congregation.
  4. Adult Ministries
    Adult Ministries
    From weekly men's lunches to women's bible studies, Trinity recognizes the importance of accountability and community. We seek to grow closer to the Lord together.

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Personal Impact Statements

  1. Esther Evans
    "I love Trinity Christian Center as I watched it grow from just a piece of land to what it is now! I love all the people that have passed through as well as the ones that attend now. I feel close to God when I'm there!"
  2. Rhonda Hulzebos
    "I have attended Trinity since my parents became pastors the year I was born and I cannot put into words how much I love this church. This church is home and the people that you meet here are some of the kindest and most genuine people. God's love is evident in this church!"
  3. Sarah French
    "Trinity is my home away from home. It is the church I was baptized in, have grown spiritually, and made some of the best friends. The people make the church, and what great people we have! They're more than just friends, they are my family that I get to serve an awesome God with!"
  4. Jaime Goodwin
    "Trinity has made such an impact on my life welcoming me in as family not just as a member of a church. This church has been there for me in more ways than one. I can come and feel welcome and not be judged, feel at home, and feel free to worship."
  5. Dominick Gard
    "Trinity has impacted me in ways that I have never experienced before. Trinity has shown me true unconditional love, amazing faith, and a hunger for more of God and a family who is there for its people no matter what. As well as what a church should be, loving God and each other."
  6. Ja'Quan Floyd
    "From spending time eating at members' homes to dancing and singing before the Lord on Sunday morning. Trinity Christian Center, through Jesus Christ, has had a huge impact on my life. I have grown to love God in a deeper way. Teaching vocals and music every Thursday night during worship team practice has become my passion. I have also learned to completely walk in the Holy Spirit and in the joy of the Lord."
  7. Patty Steverson
    "Trinity is family. A family that prays together and stays together. Even being gone 10 years in another state Trinity was always our church. Pastor Phil and Valonne were our "go to " in our times of need and support. Love Trinity and the people who enter it's doors every week."
  8. Kasandra Bell
    "My church family is there emotionally and physically. If I have a concern on my heart, they are there to help me. I feel so blessed and thankful for everyone at TCC!"
  9. Austin Gay
    "Trinity is the first church that I came to where I felt at home. The community here is very friendly and welcoming and I felt a part of this church family since the very first day I came here. People are always willing to help out or pray with you, which is very impactful to me personally. No matter where God may take me, this church will always hold a special place in my heart."
4416 East CR 540-A
Lakeland, FL, 33813

(863) 646-2860

(863) 644-1068

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