The Rev. Dr. Earl D. Trent Jr. celebrated his 15th anniversary recently as pastor of Florida Avenue Baptist Church located at 623 Florida Ave. N.W. The Rev. Dr. Gilbert Camp, interim pastor at Grace Hill Baptist Church in Suffolk, Va., preached the anniversary sermon during the worship service on April 18. This service was followed by an anniversary dinner at The New Horizon Hall of Elegance located at 2209 Varnum St. in Mt. Rainier, Md.
Trent, a native of East Orange, N.J., is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from Monmouth College. Following his call to the ministry, Trent obtained a master’s degree in divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in 1983 and a doctorate in ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, in 1994.
He is the fourth pastor in the 95-year history of the church. He served as executive director of the Missions Ministry for the Progressive National Baptist Convention, overseeing both national and international missions.
Under his leadership, the former Gage-Eckington Elementary School was adopted, a mentoring program for Black male youths was established and the Florida Avenue Renaissance Project was formed. Most recently, Our House, a Saturday school for Bible study, has been established.
Trent has traveled extensively as missions director and has preached and taught in South Africa, Liberia, the Bahamas and Haiti.
He is the author of A Challenge to the Black Church, a book of essays; has written several articles for the Journal of Religious Thought; and a study guide on How to Interpret the Bible.
Prior to coming to FABC, Trent served from 1983-94 as the senior pastor of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, Pa. He was installed on March 26, 1995, and his vision has continued to make Florida Avenue Baptist Church a full discipleship center where joyful reverent and sacred worship takes place.
He is married to Janice Ray Trent, owner of Hearing Health Care Services, a full-service provider of audiological service, hearing aids and assisted listening devices, in Bowie, Md. They are the parents of daughters Noelle, Andrea and Jessica.