The roots of Holy Trinity actually extend as far back as 1886, but it wasn’t until October of 1910 that a church – known as All Saints — was constructed on the grounds that now houses Holy Trinity.
Services had originally been held in homes and in the Wenonah Inn until a standard sized (75-by-150-foot) lot at the Southeast corner of Monroe Avenue and Poplar Street was purchased in March of 1910 for $400 . Construction of the modest 20-by-40-foot church building was completed in three months at a cost of $1,550.
The church was consecrated by the bishop of New Jersey., Rt. Rev. John Scarborough, on All Saints Day, Nov. 1, 1910. There were 45 communicants, with an offering for the day of $47.
Speaking of the service in his annual address to the Diocesan Convention nearly 100 years ago, Bishop Scarborough said that “Wenonah has a gem of a church, though small. After long and patient waiting, the little flock is happily settled in its spiritual home.”
Additional lots were eventually purchased for parking and for the construction of Sunday School facilities and the small mission church continued to hold services until it was razed in 1977 to make room for a larger facility, the current Holy Trinity.
At the time, two other Episcopal mission churches — in Mantua and Woodbury Heights — joined with the Wenonah church to form what became in 1998 a self sufficient Episcopal Parish.
Holy Trinity was consecrated on December 17, 1977, bringing together members of three small missions in Wenonah (All Saints), Mantua (St. Barnabas) and Woodbury Heights (St. Peter’s). The predecessor churches dated as far back at 1874.
The new church was built on the site of All Saints Church, then facing Monroe Avenue, and was attached to an existing parish hall, which serves today as the church school, parish hall and administrative offices. Stained glass and other furnishings from the previous churches were incorporated into the structure to blend the old with the new.
While the church is located in Wenonah, members are drawn from many surrounding communities and as far away as Philadelphia.
Each of the churches, including the current Holy Trinity, operated as a mission within the Diocese of New Jersey, receiving Diocesan aid to balance the annual budget. As the new congregation grew and the pledge base expanded, the church in 1997 petitioned the Diocese for full Parish status. After completing three years of self-sufficiency (i.e. without any aid from the Diocese), Holy Trinity was accepted in March 1998 as an independent Parish at the Diocesan Convention in Atlantic City, as a packed Convention Center audience gave a standing ovation to some 30 Holy Trinity representatives who marched in carrying the church banner.
Today it is a vibrant congregation with an active membership that supports a variety of internal and external ministries.