Rev. Erwin Lee Trollinger, Jr. is a native New Yorker, born in the City of White Plains. He is the son of the late Erwin Trollinger Sr. and Christine Davis. He was raised and attended school in the Fairview – Greenburgh community and graduated from Woodlands High school. As a youth he was a member of the Union Baptist Church of White Plains, NY. He was licensed and ordained through the Union Temple Inspirational Baptist Church Inc. under the leadership and mentorship of the late Rev. Charles H. Churn Jr.
Rev. Trollinger furthered his education at Morris Brown College in Atlanta Georgia, majoring in Social Work and Theology and earned his Master’s Degree in Sacred Theology at the Christ Theological Seminary in Yonkers, New York.
Rev. Trollinger has been blessed to travel across the USA and in the nations of Jamaica, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Uganda, West Africa to preach and teach the glorious message of God. He has been invited to London on 3 occasions to share the Word, spoke at the Black Church at Yale’s (university) 35th Church Celebration, St. Gregory’s Roman Catholic Church for the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Brooklyn, New York, and as guest homilist in Uganda, West Africa for the consecration of Bishop Patrick Mukibe.
In 1980 Rev. Trollinger helped organize the Tabernacle of One Accord Deliverance Center in Hempstead, NY. There he was the under shepherd for 22 years. Through the many activities, community building, youth empowerment and unifying interfaith oriented programming, the ministry operated as an important force in the affairs of the local community. For his volunteer work with the youth of the community and at the local universities, in 2007 he was inducted into MALIK Fraternity Inc. as an honorary member. Rev. Trollinger faithfully served for 22 years the Long Island youth at risk community and volunteered in various colleges where the MALIK Fraternity had chapters.
It has been said of Rev. Trollinger by a previous supervisor; “bring a youth that is hurting within, that has no hope or visible future to (him) and he will do all in his power to bring that child back to the place of caring and understanding”. For 29 years Rev. Trollinger has served as an educator, mentor, organizer and sponsor of classes, rites of passage and empowerment programs which have inspired youth to become responsible young adults. He has served as a leader, board member and director of numerous Leadership Councils, and Boys and Girls Clubs in Hempstead NY. He currently is a member of the Advisory Board to the Salvation Army of White Plains, advisory member of Schumacher Nursing Home and is Chaplin for the City of Plains Police and Firefighters. He holds membership in the White Plains-Greenburgh NAACP where he held the offices of Vice President and Youth Director. He is member of the Central Hudson Baptist Association and the White Plains Minister’s Fellowship Council. He received the Community Service of The Year Award from Hofstra University, the EOC Nassau County Leadership Award and The Eagle Award from the Harry Daniel’s Primary Center.
Rev. Trollinger served as a bi-monthly Chaplin for the New York State Correctional Facility at Sing Sing, in Ossining NY and was also a member of the Westchester County District Attorney’s re-entry program for returning inmates for the New York State Correctional Institutions. At Sing Sing, Rev. Trollinger has served as keynote speaker and presenter for various cultural events, awareness workshops and has conducted manpower classes for the population.
Rev. Trollinger heard the voice the Lord saying return back home and established a new ministry. He returned back to White Plains and in 2004, Our Father’s House Baptist Church was birthed. This ministry went wherever there was a need. Many who were broken and bruised from incarceration and foster care were healed and delivered through the ministry of Our Father’s House Baptist Church. Rev. Trollinger pastored Our Father’s House Baptist church for 5 years.
In 2007, Rev. Trollinger became an associate minister of Calvary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Lester Cousin. He continued his dedication to develop youth and families through his position at the Theodore Young Community Center in Greenburgh, NY and has received recognition for his achievements from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc., Westchester Chapter and Outstanding Community Service Award in 2009 and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority of Northern Westchester Outstanding Community Service Award in 2010 for his passion within the work of youth development.
Rev. Trollinger now serves as the sixth pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church of White Plains, New York, a ministry that has served the City of White Plains and the surrounding communities for 78 years. Within his first year Rev. Trollinger has spiritually strengthened the fellowship through corporate prayer and fasting and church discipleship bible study. In addition, he has established The Church Without Walls evangelistic ministry, where the church body has taken the gospel of Jesus Christ to the streets of White Plains. He has licensed 3 ministers and installed one associate minister as a pastor. He continues to nurture the youth and has established a rapidly growing Young Adult ministry. As Rev. Trollinger moves the church towards excellence, he has set a clear vision statement for Calvary Baptist Church which is: “I Am Discipling the Believers, I Am Engaging the Community, I Am Imparting into the Family and I Am Impacting Nations.
Rev. Trollinger lives to demonstrate his life goal to teach the next generation the skills necessary to take the mantel and run with it. He is dedicated to the purpose and the will of the Almighty Father, as it has been set before him.