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The History of Mohawk Valley Trinity UMC

By 1993, Whitesboro United Methodist and Central United Methodist Church were looking for a radical change in the way they operated and worshiped. They began to dream about an exciting ministry where the people would become closer to God by becoming disciples in Christ. As they thought about this they realized that a contemporary setting was the best way to achieve this dream. So, in January of 1994 they put their trust in God and undertook a huge leap of faith. The two became one and gave birth to Mohawk Valley Trinity United Methodist Church.

While developing a contemporary worship style in the very small church in Whitesboro, the bigger dream was starting to become reality. In spring 1997 there was a ground breaking at 8595 Westmoreland Road accompanied by daily prayer vigils at the site as construction began. Through countless hours of hard work and a pure labor of love Trinity church opened its doors in September 1998.

From that day the people of Trinity have grown closer to God with our personal relationships. We worship our God with cutting edge technology and are in mission in our community and throughout the world.

We have attained the dreams of our forefathers and we are still moving further than we could ever imagine.

Today we still believe that with faith in God anything is possible and we have learned to never to put limits on God.

Our Mission and Values


Our Mission

Together we…
Know God.
Show the love of Jesus.
Share the gifts of the Spirit.


Our Values

Spiritual Growth

We understand that true fulfillment comes from a loving relationship with God. We actively reach out to those seeking God so they, too, can embrace Him, be amazed by His wonder, and know how much He loves them. We trust Jesus. We pursue a lifestyle of discovery to establish a personal relationship with Him and are guided by His Spirit and truth. We are fueled by a passion that mobilizes us to make the world a better place.

Passionate Celebration

We live our lives as a passionate expression of our love for God. Our worship of God is a personal experience and is expressed in a variety of ways. Prayer…using our gifts in service to others…reading the Bible…sharing our faith…tithing…gathering in worship weekly to connect, learn and grow in Spirit and experience God's dynamic presence in our midst.

Including Children in All that We Do

By design, God created Church and Family to work together to spread His word to all future generations. The heart of God is primarily communicated by the family. The role of family is to impress on their children the love and character of God. Our role as a Church is to turn on the light. As a Church community it is our responsibility to partner with families and empower them to become the Spiritual Leaders in their children's lives.


Trusting relationships with others is the foundation of living a Christian life. Our relationships with each other allows us to connect with each other in deep and meaningful ways. At Trinity, we meet regularly in small groups as a way of creating this connection. Being part of a small group allows us to strengthen our walk with God, encourage and care for each other, and reach out together to help others.

Inspired Service

We are the Church. We are the hands and feet of Jesus. We are devoted to making a difference in our community and around the world. We pursue excellence in everything we do knowing that our work is God's work. Each of us has been blessed with unique gifts and talents to fulfill a special purpose in service to others. No matter what our age, each of us needs to learn fully what gifts we have and how we might best use them to make a difference in God’s world.

Together in Community

For many, Trinity is like an extended family. As a community we strive to create a place where everyone feels they belong, knows they are supported, and loved by God no matter what. Together we celebrate life's joys, make a difference in God's world, and provide comfort and support for each other when life becomes more than we can handle alone.

What we believe

We talk a lot about mission, vision and family values at Trinity, but they're all built on something even more important, our faith in the transforming power of Jesus Christ. Here are the foundations of what we believe:

About God
God is the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. God has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

About Humanity
We are made in the image of God, to be like God in character. We are the supreme object of God's creation. Although we have tremendous potential for good, everyone is marred by an attitude of rebellion toward God called sin. Sin separates people from God.

About God’s Love and Grace
God’s love is always freely available to people, and God is always seeking to be in relationship with us. God’s saving grace is freely available to all who seek forgiveness and seek to be in relationship with God. God’s grace exists for us even before we are aware of it. God’s grace brings us salvation and transformation. We cannot attain it through our own efforts. No power in the universe can separate God's children from God.

About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus lived a sinless human life and voluntarily paid for our sins by dying on a cross He arose from the dead after three days demonstrating His power over sin and death. His resurrection assures us of the power and presence of God and of our eternal salvation.

About Salvation
Salvation is a gift from God to all people. Men and women can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works. When God has begun a saving work in the heart of any person, God’s grace will be active forever.

About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. The Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for God. The Spirit lives in every Christian from the moment of baptism. The Holy Spirit provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under daily guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit equips believers for service to the church, to the community, and the world.

About the Bible
The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is God's word to all. It was written by human authors, fully inspired by God. God’s word is present throughout. The Bible is the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God. Scripture, tradition, experience and reason all work together to allow each of us to be able to interpret the scriptures for ourselves. Everyone is encouraged to join together in Bible Study and small groups for discussion to help in that interpretation.

You can learn more by going to the main website of the United Methodist Church. 


About us

Welcome to Mohawk Valley Trinity United Methodist Church. At Trinity we see ourselves living on the edge of a new mission frontier for the 21st century, which starts right at the door of the church and extends across the globe. We understand that in our rapidly changing world people need to connect to God in new ways that are multi-cultural and multi-sensory. Whether you’re a spiritual seeker or a committed Christ-follower, we’ll communicate in a way that’s easy for you to understand and apply to your daily life. We believe that no matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been – you matter to God. If you live in the Utica/Mohawk Valley area, or are just planning to visit, we hope you will join us for worship. There are tremendous programs and ministries for people of all ages and stages in their spiritual journey.


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Trinity United Methodist Church
8595 Westmorland Road
Whitesboro, NY 13492

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