Trinity United Methodist Church

2100 Westchester Avenue Catonsville, MD 21228

Our History

A Brief History By: Thelma Wess, Church Historian

Along the banks of the Patapsco River in Baltimore County, Marylandthere is a little mill town called "Oella"The people of Oella decided that they wanted a churchMr. WA. Dickey Jr., who owned the mill and the towndonated the land and the people did the rest. The first service of the Oella Methodist Church was held on SundayOctober 231904

Many years laterthe people realized that they could better serve the community by building a larger church. For many years the Sunday School picnic had been held on the property at the corner of Rockwell and Westchester AvenuesWhat a better place for a church than the old picnic ground? 

At that particular timeTrinity Church at the corner of Wabash and Liberty Heights Avenues in Baltimore Citywas in the process of disbandingIt was decided that their funds would be turned over to the Oella Church with the stipulation that the new church be called "Trinity"

After some delays and difficulties (like the time the roof rafters were not braced properly, and they all fell down in domino fashion) the church was finally built. The first service was held on January 241965It rained on Saturday andsince it was Januaryit was very cold

On Sunday morning they found that the rain had turned to ice and the parking lot was an ice rinkRegardless of that, there were 287 people present at that first service

MrDickey had shown the little church many kindnesses soin his memorya small round chapel was added to the side of the new churchIt is connected to the main building by breezewaySmall weddingsbaptisms and other functions are held in the chapel. 

Thus, it isbecause of the hard work of a small group of dedicated people and the Grace of Godwe now have Trinity United Methodist Church of CatonsvilleMD.

TUMC Block 1964
Chapel Photo
Chapel Plaque
Oella Church Block 1904