“Preparation and expectation are key words for Charlotte and me and the community we lead in Washington Heights, Manhattan. In a few short weeks we will launch Trinity Grace Church – Washington Heights”, says Gary.
Washington Heights is the sixth TGC neighborhood parish planted in NYC in the past six years. The multi-ethnic neighborhood of 228,000 people is largely Latino and is the poorest neighborhood in Manhattan.
Charlotte ’80 and Gary ’78 came to Washington Heights nearly ten years ago after 15 years with Global Partners in Lima, Peru. “It is exciting to see God’s original call coming to fulfillment: to see a multi-cultural community established that begins to reflect the scene around the throne of God in Revelation 7:9″, Wiley says.
From a recent newsletter the Wiley’s stated that;
“Ten years is a long time to wait, but it has been a period of learning, growing, and maturing in our own lives. Five years ago the Father led us to Trinity Grace Church where we have served in the areas of justice, pastoral care, and discipleship. And all the while God was renewing our call to see a church planted in Washington Heights. Now it is much more than our story: there is a growing community of God’s choice saints at TGC who have embraced the vision as their own.”
On Palm Sunday weekend TGC Washington Heights will launch its first public gathering.
“This is a time of great excitement as we secure a venue, prepare a worship team, initiate a children’s ministry, and set everything into place. They also recognize the great challenge of sharing the Good News of the Kingdom of God and our Lord Jesus Christ in a tangible way with our very needy neighborhood.”
Please check out their Washington Heights video:
Trinity Grace Church Washington Heights