When you hear First Baptist Church of Horn Lake Lead Pastor Tim Trillet tell the story of how he came to the ministry, the song, “I Fought The Law”… and the Law won, comes to mind.
“I was called to ministry when I was 16, but I ran at 17,” Trillet said. “I ran from 17 to 24 and did everything that a minister is not supposed to do. At 24, God, through an incredible turn of events, put me in a place in North Texas with no family and friends with a new job.”
That is where Trillet said he surrendered to the ministry and shortly after that became a youth minister, leaving a successful stint at a Sears Optical as an optician.
Trillet’s congregation is grateful “the Law,” or more accurately, God won, as the former vision center manager today leads a church that is intentional on caring for the Horn Lake community.
“I want to invest in everybody, I want to love on every one of them, or at least do everything I can to love on them and to see people grow in Christ, preaching the Word, praying for them, being able to minister to them when God gives opportunity,” Trillet said.
A Natchez native whose family moved to a number of places as he grew up, Trillet said he was listening to a message in a church where he lived in Texas when God reminded him of his initial decision to the ministry as a teenager that he ran from and was convicted by that. He said his life was also changed as he saw a young adult prayer ministry group there “genuinely love each other,” he said.
Trillet earned degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. and started his ministry in that state. However, a desire to move had Trillet looking at a return to the Magnolia State.
“In 2005, we felt like the Lord was leading us here to plant churches, but nothing ever developed,” Trillet said. “In that 2005 season, we knew this was where we were meant to be.”
The opportunity would come five years later. Trillet has been the church’s lead pastor since August 2010 and as such, Trillet wants to help connect Christ to the community.
“I am attached to Horn Lake,” he said. “I love this place, this is home. I belong here.”
First Baptist Horn Lake offers several ministries, including efforts to reach out to children, students, missions, and through a pre-school program. Mother’s Day Out takes place there and the church works to support the city’s Excel By 5 program, the Horn Lake schools and has hosted activities with the Arc Northwest Mississippi.
“First Baptist Church is a great church,” Trillet said. “We are a church that is genuinely friendly, genuinely loves the community that we’re in and genuinely loves Christ.”
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.