Share memories of former-Trinity Church, pastor at Dec. 3 celebration

Scottsdale residents are invited to a Dec. 3 event to honor and celebrate the demolition of Trinity Church and the life of its founding pastor, Derland McDaniel.

Trinity Church, founded in August 1974, was a place of connection and spiritual growth for people in the city of Scottsdale and the McCormick Ranch community.

Interestingly enough, there is a symbolic yet ironic connection between the founding pastor, Derald McDaniel’s diagnosis of the terminal illness — ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) along with the recent sale and plans for demolition for the Trinity Church building.

Thousands of lives were impacted through the years of service and dedication from both Pastor McDaniel and his family, according to a press release.

Pastor McDaniel moved his wife Marilyn and four kids, Mack, Nick, Matt and Dee Dee from Kansas City, Mo. to Scottsdale, with a vision to start a new church in the McCormick Ranch area in 1974.

The church began meeting at Chaparral High School for the first year and a half while the sanctuary was being built. Near the end of 1975 this small community moved into their new church sanctuary at 7300 N. Paseo Del Sur, the release stated.

Trinity Church, during the early years was recognized as the fastest growing Assemblies of God church in the country, according to the release. It has been said that the years that Pastor McDaniel was at Trinity Church, the bonds and relationships that were formed were deeper than any other. Many in the community still consider the fellow church members as family. Pastor McDaniel resigned in 1988 and moved his family to the Washington, D.C. area.

He is currently under the care of Hospice of the Valley along with support from the ALS Association.

During the upcoming holiday season, the McDaniel family is holding an event to celebrate the legacy of Pastor McDaniel and the ending of an era as the Trinity Church building is closing.

Those who knew Pastor Derald McDaniel or attended Trinity Church for any length of time, are cordially invited to attend the upcoming celebration event at 3 p.m. on Dec. 3 on the church’s campus, 7300 N. Paseo Del Sur in Scottsdale.

This event will be very symbolic as the building that the members knew as “Trinity” will be torn down at the beginning of the New Year.

Guests are asked to bring an index card to the event with their favorite story or memory of Pastor McDaniel and Trinity. The family plans to assemble them together in an album for him, the release stated.

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