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Profile: Trinidad and Tobago

The Caribbean islands are home to 44 Churches of Christ

POPULATION: 1.4 million.

LANGUAGES: English, Creole English, Caribbean Hindustani, Creole French, Spanish, Chinese.

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

RELIGION: 32.1 percent Protestant (including Pentecostal, evangelical, Full Gospel, Baptist, Anglican, Seventh-day Adventist, Presbyterian), 21.6 percent Catholic, 18.2 percent Hindu, 5 percent Muslim, 1.5 percent Jehovah’s Witness, 21.6 percent other, unspecified or none.

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CHURCHES OF CHRIST: U.S. soldiers from the fellowship worshiped at Naval Base Trinidad near Chaguaramas during World War II. Missionary John P. Fogarty worked with the group.

David McFalls Sr.

David McFalls Sr.

Few members remained after the base closed in 1967. Ralph Wharton corresponded with Trinidadians of Hindu background and traveled to the island to plant a church.

Churches of Christ gained exposure through the radio ministry of Bob Brown, who followed David McFalls in the early 1970s. Other campaign leaders were Glenn Buffington, Don Latham and Jerry Davidson.

Today the islands have 44 Churches of Christ.

THE TRINIDAD SCHOOL OF PREACHING began in 1974 in the meeting place of the San Fernando Church of Christ. Don Latham served as its first director. Missionary Parker Henderson directed the school for 30 years.

Minister Dominic Dos Santos, the school’s current director, began his tenure in 2017. In his years of ministry, Dos Santos has baptized numerous future preachers, including Brian Brooks.

Dominic Dos Santos of Trinidad and fellow Caribbean Christians sing in downtown St. George's, Grenada.

Dominic Dos Santos of the Trinidad School of Preaching and fellow Caribbean Christians sing in downtown St. George’s, Grenada, during the 2023 Caribbean Lectureship.

The school has graduated more than 400 preachers and teachers who serve in congregations across the Caribbean and the U.S. Through its affiliation with Denver-based Bear Valley Bible Institute, the school offers degrees in Bible.

SOURCES: CIA World Factbook, “Churches of Christ Around the World” by Mac Lynn.

Filed under: Churches of Christ Culture Features International missionaries Top Stories Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Churches of Christ Trinidad School of Preaching

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