Pastor Larry C. Weston
The Reverend Larry Carlton Weston is an anointed man of God, called and appointed by God to lead His people by the guidance of the Holy Spirit into Transforming and Renewing of the Mind. Pastor Weston is the proud father of one daughter, Raquel who is a senior at the University of South Carolina Columbia Campus. Of the many things he cherishes in his heart is the spiritual nourishing guidance of his beloved parents, the late Pastor Benjamin F. Weston and Mrs. Janie Vaughn Weston. God, Family, friends and career are the priorities of Pastor Weston’s life-sustaining beliefs. His relationship with God is ranked number one.
Pastor Weston earned his bachelor and juris doctorate degrees from South Carolina State University (Orangeburg, South Carolina) and the University of South Carolina (Columbia, South Carolina) respectively. He did additional studies at Morris College School of Religion.
The Christian foundation and loving home life of Pastor Weston have lead to many successes including the distinguished honor of being one of the first African-Americans to sit on the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees and the Tuomey Healthcare Center Medical Board. He was also the first African American to serve as Assistant Solicitor for the Third Judicial Court of the Circuit Courts of the State of South Carolina. Pastor Weston views his greatest success as being called by God into the ministry. He served as Pastor of Greenview First Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina from March 1986 to February 1989. In March of 1989, Pastor Weston was appointed by God to lead the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church Family.
While at Trinity, Pastor Weston has organized additional choirs and multiple ministries. A visionary focus and mission statement were developed, and multiple opportunities for spiritual growth were provided for leaders and members to include membership and annual delegate attendance to the Progressive National Baptist Convention, day and evening Bible studies, classes, workshops, seminars, and trainings. The Church has grown spiritually, numerically and financially. While located at 101 South Salem Avenue, major renovations were done to the educational facilities, kitchen, and administrative area in addition to major general outside maintenance. The parking lots were paved and the additional parking lot was fenced in. Properties around the church were purchased. A 44 passenger bus, mini bus, and three vans were purchased. The office moved into the age of technology with computers, copiers, postage meter, fax machines, etc. The church became a one percent contributor with the Progressive National Baptist Convention, engaged in home and foreign mission support. The church’s name changed from “Trinity Baptist Church” to “Trinity Missionary Baptist Church.”
Under Pastor Weston’s leadership, females were given the opportunity for more leadership roles—women in the preaching ministry and serving as trustees, etc. Substantial growth in membership has also occurred under Pastor Weston—from 200 members to over 1,000. The financial growth of the church multiplied from the annual $30,000 budget in 1989 to an excess of $800,000.00 by 2011.
In carrying out the Vision that God has given to the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Weston in 2001 led the congregation in the purchase of a twenty one and a half (21.5) tract of land. In 2007, construction began on the Multi-Purpose Center and on February 22, 2009, Trinity moved into the new forty-six thousand (47,000) square feet, Multi-Purpose Center. The Facility offers a Worship Center with a seating capacity of one thousand one hundred fifty (1150), administrative offices, 300 seat chapel, conference rooms, thirty classrooms, eight restrooms, two nurseries (one infant and one toddler); two computer laboratories, state-of-the-art sound/projection system with broadcast quality cameras, flat screen plasma monitors for viewing services., and three hundred paved parking spaces with video surveillance.
Trinity has become very community and youth focused. Many community organizations including the Sumter Baptist Missionary and Educational Congress utilize Trinity’s facilities. It also houses an after school program (Helping Youth Pursue Excellence—HYPE). Trinity’s youth program has also magnified to include Christian athletic basketball league participation, youth academic awards, a scholarship foundation, back-to-school celebration, which involves the local school and district personnel, parents, and students, Willow Drive School project, Bible studies, and as host of other youth-centered activities. Pastor Weston is in his twenty-ninth year of preaching and teaching the gospel. He is serving his twenty-second year as pastor of the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church.
God Did It!!!
In continuing to carry out God’s vision for Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, plans include construction of a Sanctuary, family athletic and recreation facilities as well as other buildings that will enhance the spiritual, academic and economic growth along with the physical health and well-being of our church.