Trinity United Methodist Church received a 2019 Beacon of Hope Preservation Award from the city of Fernandina Beach.
The church was recognized for its involvement in preserving the unique architectural resources in the restoration of Trinity’s bell tower. The church, built in 1891, is located in the heart of the city’s historical district.
Fernandina Beach Preservation Planner Salvatore J. Cumella noted, “This year is the first Beacon of Hope Award; a new Preservation Award category decided by the judges.”
He added that the tower restoration encompassed what it means to have preservation in the city. The category theme Beacon of Hope came from Trinity’s nomination application, which talked about the history of the church and the efforts they have done in the past and plan to do in the future.
Cumella presented the award to Pastor Granardo Felix and Trustees Chair William Wright. He articulated Trinity’s award application by saying; “Trinity is grounded in faith and proud to be a beacon of hope.”
Pastor Felix is new to the community, as this is his first pastoral appointment. One of the first things he noticed was the bell tower. He told the church staff and trustee board that the bell tower project was a top priority.
The church also received great assistance from Ace Painting, a local contractor.