Trinity Episcopal Atchison KS
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Trinity Episcopal Church Founded in 1857

The history of Trinity Church is closely connected with the development of the city of Atchison, the state of Kansas and the Episocal Diocese of Kansas.  First organized in 1857 with the assistance of the Philadelphia Society for Missions in the West, the parish was originally named the Church of St. Mary Magdalene.  Before a building was constructed, the parish met in homes, rented halls, and occasionally, the county courthouse.


Disagreements among residents in the territory of Kansas about the question of slavery were felt at the parish. Several members left to form a new parish called Grace Church.  This new parish, however, did not survive. The members returned to St. Mary Magdalene, and the parish was reorganized as Trinity Episcopal Church in 1859.


In 1864, Trinity Parish hosted the Fifth Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas.  It was at this convention where Thomas Hubbard Vail was elected as the first Episcopal Bishop of Kansas.  He also accepted an invitation to serve as Rector of Trinity Church. He then served as both rector of the parish and Bishop of the Diocese.


Trinity Episcopal’s current church was designed by architect James C. Sidney in 1866. The design of the building was based on the architecture of Calvary Church in Stonington, CT. Construction of a new building for the parish was completed in 1868.  Trinity Episcopal Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.


Over the years, a number of distinguished clergy have served at Trinity Church. Three of Trinity’s rectors were nominated and elected as bishops to the episcopate.  One rector, Rev. John Henry Hopkins, composed the hymn, “I Sing a Song of the Saints of God,” which is included in the most current hymnal of the Episcopal Church. 


Of note, the famous female aviatrix, Amelia Earhart, was born in Atchison and baptized at Trinity Episcopal in1897. She attended Trinity as a child during her frequent visits to her grandparents’ home in Atchison. Amelia’s grandparents, Judge Alfred and Amelia Otis, were early Atchison residents and founding members of Trinity Church.


Today, Trinity Episcopal Church seeks to build on the legacy of its history by exploring the ways God is calling the parish to the faithful proclamation of the Gospel in this time.  We strive to be a parish where the glory of God is affirmed in our worship, the wisdom of God is evident in our discipleship, and the love of God is manifest in our outreach to the community.


Sunday Services (Summer Schedule)

May 1 to September 4, 2022

9:00 am Service Only

Holy Eucharist Rite II


Wednesday Morning Services

10:00 am Service

Healing Service & Holy Eucharist Rite II


Address: 300 South 5th St, Atchison, Kansas 66002
Phone: 913-367-3171