Trinity Stories

Eddie’s Story | Restoring What is Broken

Eddie Copeland (MA ’11)   As early as he can remember, Eddie’s life was marked by turmoil. Even in elementary school, he was painfully aware of the brokenness in his parents’ marriage, and the church’s reaction to their pain. Rather than offering counsel, empathy, support, or understanding, Eddie watched the church harshly judge and then […]

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Marlene’s Story | Finding Hope in Florida; Celebrating Aloha in Hawaii

Marlene Rice and Steven Tyler with a check for Maui Food Bank | Photo courtesy of Shooting Stars Maui   When a university student graduates Summa Cum Laude and gives the featured valedictorian speech at graduation, you know that student is someone special. Marlene Rice lived quite an exciting life before coming to Trinity Florida. […]

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Overcoming the Obstacles: A Courageous Veteran Values Her Trinity Florida Education

“Choose Trinity, veterans—that’s where you should get your education,” says U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Alma ‘Cristina’ Ramnanan, and she speaks from experience. After serving two terms in Iraq and one in Kuwait that left her with a traumatic brain injury, Cristina decided a year ago to begin taking classes at TIU-Florida, and despite the obstacles, […]

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TEDS Alumni and Current Students Serve the Local Church

From left to right: Brad Wetherell (MDiv ’15), Dennis Colton (MDiv ’09), Luke Young (MDiv ’22), and Meritt Raup (MDiv ’22) | Photo courtesy of The Orchard   By Gabriela Clarke Attendees of EFCA-affiliated church The Orchard know it for its solid biblical basis and strong preaching. Many of its pastoral staff members have something […]

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Chief Half Day: A Friend to Northern Illinois Settlers

The main campus of Trinity International University is situated on Half Day Road in Deerfield, Illinois. If you ask most locals, they’ll tell you its name comes from the days of horse-drawn transportation when it took half a day’s ride to get there from Chicago. Actually, the name is much more significant.  Half Day Road […]

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Carla’s Story

  POLICE OFFICER IMPACTED BY CHRISTIAN RADIO STARTS MINISTRY Church was not really important to Carla Ginebra de Garcia when she lived in the Dominican Republic. She recalls, “I was an altar girl at my church school, but I never had a real relationship with God.” Carla’s family immigrated to the United States when she […]

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Martin Isreb’s Journey to Faith at Trinity Law School

Trinity Law School student Martin Isreb is graduating in December with a JD in his hand and a heart for Jesus. Prior to law school, he had considered himself agnostic, but Isreb was on the journey for something more meaningful, not least for his growing family, so he enrolled at Trinity Law School. “I knew […]

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Alumnus Oscar Dupuy’s Transformation Impacts a Waukegan Middle School

Oscar Transformed at Trinity Oscar was recruited by Coach Leslie Frazier to play football at Trinity and for him, joining the team was his ticket out of a bad neighborhood in Miami, Florida. By his sophomore year, he was excelling in football- completing all his goals- but his life was missing something. He had neglected […]

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Towels and Tacos: Learning Servitude and Humility at TEDS

Nydiaris Hernandez-Santos | Photo by Erik Engstrom   By Gabriela Clarke Trinity International University is a diverse community of cultures, church traditions, ideas, experiences, and stories. This one begins in a small rainforest village on the island of Puerto Rico. For TEDS student Nydiaris Hernandez-Santos (MDiv ‘23), following the Lord’s calling led her on a […]

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Gabriela Gets a Jumpstart at Trinity Through Dual Enrollment

First day of dual enrollment at Trinity   By Gabriela Clarke My first day as a college student was not actually my first day as a college student. When I moved into my Trinity dorm and began my on-campus education, I was already familiar with how to navigate the basic structure of higher education and […]

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