About us 2018-04-09T18:22:04+00:00

What We Believe

There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right of the Majesty on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace.

The Holy Spirit is a divine person, sent to indwell, guide, teach, and empower the believer and convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.

The Old and New Testament, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.

Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God. He fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving person is existence forever in conscious torment, and that of the believer in Christ in everlasting joy and bliss.

Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men, and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life and become the children of God.

It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service.
This is both a crisis an a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion.

Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age.

The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through his blood and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations. The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel and observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgement.

The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible and pre-millenial. This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.


KARL & JANET EMERSONOur Pastor and his wife


Our pastor, Karl Emerson, comes from the USA. He and his wife, Janet, joined us in September 2013. Karl and Janet met while they were in university and were married shortly after graduating. Since then they have been involved in various churches and ministries. Before moving to Strasbourg, they spent 14 years serving a church in the lake country of northern Minnesota.
They enjoy outdoor activities like canoeing, hiking and biking. Karl reads all kinds of books, is a U.S.Presidential history nut and loves to watch old episodes of “The West Wing”. Because of his mellow disposition, you might be surprised to learn that his favorite song is “Jesus Freak” by DC Talk. Janet likes tennis, flower gardening, and playing the guitar. She also enjoys a good game of Scrabble. They both love to drink coffee and spend time with people, sharing their lives and their faith, and hearing how others have experienced God’s love and presence as well. They have two adult sons, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters.


Church Treasurer

David is a Colombian guy who happens to live in Strasbourg with his Venezuelan wife, Diana, they have two local (Alsatian) boys, Noah and Theo. They are part of Ticos since a long time.

David likes to handle the finances of the Church, so he is the Treasurer, and in his spare time he works in a bank. He also helps in the sound team. When he’s got some free time, he likes playing with his boys, photography and he does enjoy to talk about everything to anybody who is around him.

Ian Clevy moved to Strasbourg with his wife Maria in 2012; they have been attending TICOS since then. A third addition to their family arrived in 2016 with the birth of their beautiful, charming, and somewhat cheeky daughter Abigail.

At TICOS, in addition to being a member of the council, Ian leads the ‘Sliding’ team, which is responsible for projecting media and recording the sermon during services. Kind of tall and nearly slim, Ian stands out in a crowd with his long, wavy, red hair. In his spare time, Ian likes to play and design games of all kinds.

Council Member

Elder &
Council Secretary

Vincent is originally from Thann, south of Alsace. He is married to Myriam and together, they are the happy parents of 4 wonderful children.

In 1999, the whole family moved abroad without knowing that it was going to be a long and great adventure (in Czech Republic, China, Hong Kong). In July 2015, they returned to France, to Strasbourg, with a mixed feeling of being back home and being strangers in their own country. They were thrilled to find out about Trinity Church. They enjoyed its multicultural, dynamic and friendly atmosphere and immediately called it “home”. They love to see how God unites people from different cultures, languages and continents.

In his spare time, Vincent is keen on hiking, jogging, playing the guitar or reading a wide variety of books. He also enjoys watching a good game of any sport on TV. Vincent is one of the elders at TICOS and a member of the Council. He is part of the Worship Team as well as the Events Team.

François Kempf was born in Alsace and is married to Cherry who is British. They have four married daughters and four grandchildren, waiting for more to come! Before retiring François worked for Open Doors, a mission supporting the suffering Church, and has kept strong links with them.

He is an Elder at TICOS, as well as being a member of the Council. His church activities are varied and he has a particular concern for the running of the church and for us to remain Christ-centered. He also leads a French-speaking Bible study for men. He likes history and travelling.

F. Kempf

Elder &
Council President

Council Accountant

Caroline is married to Edouard, and they are blessed with a wonderful and sweet daughter. They settled in Strasbourg 11 years ago, and have been coming to TICOS for about the last 10 years.

In addition to serving on the Council of Administration at Trinity, Caroline is also a member of the translation team. Caroline is a professional translator, is passionate about God and reaching the nations with His word; she is actively involved in doing so with different ministries, especially with women.

Roys comes from Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. He moved to Germany in September 2011 to pursue his studies in Communication & Media Engineering. He has been attending Trinity since October 2012.

He serves on the Worship Team and the Events Team and is responsible for the Hospitality Team. He is currently part of the church’s leadership as an Elder-in-training. In his professional life, he works in the IT field and in his spare time Roys enjoys photography & cooking.

Elder &
Council Vice President

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