Former missionaries take over duties at Peninsula Community Church

For the Rev. Paul Trinkle and his wife, Tammy, coming to pastor at Peninsula Community Church in Selbyville is a little like coming home. Although they are not originally from Delaware, they were both raised on the East Coast – him in Philadelphia, by parents who vacationed in Rehoboth Beach, and his wife in upstate New York.

Coastal Point: The Rev. Paul Trinkle with his wife, Tammy, in Peninsula Community Church.Coastal Point
The Rev. Paul Trinkle with his wife, Tammy, in Peninsula Community Church.

“It’s nice,” said Tammy Trinkle. “It’s more rural than we have ever lived. It’s a beautiful country town.”

The Trinkles’ last assignment was as missionaries in Australia. With the economic downturn affecting even churches and their ability to support mission work, they had to think about what they would do next.

At Liberty Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Va., where Paul Trinkle received his master’s degree in religion and a Master of Divinity degree, there was an Office of Church Ministry. Don Hicks, who had been working with Peninsula Community Church, and Paul Trinkle got in touch and eventually began talking. It took about a year or so, but the Trinkles were on their way to Selbyville.

The ministry is not new to either of the Trinkles. Both grew up as Baptists, and Tammy Trinkle’s dad and Paul Trinkle’s brother were ministers. After meeting in college, they married and went on to have four children: Tim, John, Grace and James.

Tammy Trinkle’s interests are the children’s and women’s ministry, while Paul Trinkle is really interested in Bible teaching.

“[The Bible] is not that intimidating a book,” explained Paul Trinkle. “Knowing Jesus through the Word, that’s my main drive. Many people spend very little time investigating scripture, and if I want to get to know you, I’m going to talk to you.”

Paul Trinkle has plans for the church to become part of the community that surrounds them. He belongs to the Eastern Shore Pastor’s Network, or ESPN, and he said the relationship is very helpful with leadership and problem-solving.

“It’s very informal – pastors encouraging each other. It’s a team effort and not denominationally focused.”

The church sits on a 22-acre parcel of land in Selbyville and started from a Bible study group that met at the home of Paul and Lisa Nitz near Roxana, Del., in the late 1990s. They held their held first service in 1998, at the old Selbyville High School. They then rented a fellowship hall in Frankford, and services started in their present-day campus in Selbyville in 2006.

The Trinkles came to the church in May of 2009, and said they are excited to “re-launch” the church and for it to really become a part of the community that surrounds them.

“The authenticity of the people around here is great,” said Paul Trinkle.

The church has about 70 members but can see upwards of 100 people for Sunday-morning worship. They also hold Wednesday-night prayer meetings at 7:30 p.m. and offer Women of the Word on Thursdays at 10 a.m., with childcare available. There is also a nursery and children’s church during service. The church has an active volunteer base and have grown several ministries out of them.

“We have great volunteers,” said Paul Trinkle, “a very core group of volunteers.”

The Trinkles also have a vision for the property to eventually house athletic fields to serve their community and will host a vacation Bible school this summer, during the week of July 12.

“We are here to help,” emphasized Paul Trinkle. “We want to know, ‘What can we do to serve?’”

“Our main concern is to be a blessing to our community,” added Tammy Trinkle.

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