The Rev. Don Esa began serving as the pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in the Free Home community in August. He also is serving at the nearby Woodstock Presbyterian Church, making the 23-minute trip between the churches each Sunday.
Esa said he brings a message for daily life to those who attend.
“We are well within the mainstream of Christianity. We focus on the way the Gospel of Christ applies in our life, day by day,” he said. “For the people who are very much involved in their work life, our goal is to say that our Gospel applies to their daily lives.
Esa said the church has many challenges, as well as strengths.
“The biggest challenge of the Trinity Church is that it is in a rather remote area of the county. So the desire is to show people we are there. The church has a very large community spirit,” said Esa. “We want to reach out and touch people’s lives.”
The church had a Harvest Celebration last week that brought many people to the church, he said
“Despite the fact that it was very overcast and rain off and on, it was larger than they ever had before. They had about 200 people and this is a church in a remote area. It was very well attended, all the proceeds went to local mission,” he said.
The pastor said a flat screen television was raffled and went to someone who did not own a TV.
“You don’t think many people are without a television this day in age, so it was great to give back,” said Esa.
Recently the church has also built a gymnasium where local basketball teams practice.
Esa served as the associate pastor of education at First Presbyterian Church of Marietta for more than 12 years. “I was one of five ministers at the church. I was the minister of education for 12 years, running the Christian education ministry and had a large Sunday school,” he said.
Esa served at churches in Pittsburgh, PA and Cincinnati before moving to West Cobb in 1997. He is a graduate of the University of Denver, Princeton Theological Seminary with a master’s of divinity and Fuller Theological Seminary with a doctorate of divinity. Prior to seminary, Esa worked in broadcast news for several Colorado radio stations.
“I got into the news business, and thought I’d get into telling Good News instead,” said Esa.
Through the years, Esa has served on and chaired a number of presbytery committees in Ohio and Georgia. He was a commissioner to the PCUSA General Assembly for Cincinnati Presbytery.
Trinity Presbyterian Church welcomes all and believes all members contribute to the betterment of the church. “We have a number of special needs people at the church, particularly individuals with Down syndrome who have been welcomed by the congregation. There are members of the congregation who have Down syndrome children add a group that comes in every Sunday that worships at the church,” he said.
“Most would say these individuals don’t have much to contribute, but I’m impressed by the spirit they have. They have a lot to contribute to our lives,” said Esa. “I am touched at the Trinity church that they have a sense of openness to help all people.”
In January there will be a concert by the Clear Creek High school girls’ chorus at Trinity Presbyterian. They will have a final concert as a send-off to the final state competition held in Savannah.
Esa and his wife, Mary, have two grown children. In their spare time the two enjoy travel, photography, gardening, and hikes at Kennesaw Mountain National Historical Park.
Trinity Presbyterian Church is located in at 1136 Trinity Church Road. For more information on the church visit trinity-presbyterian-church.org.