Rev. Dr. Donald Lawrence Trent, Sr.

Pastor Trent was a dedicated Pastor with a heart for the gospel and a gift for inspiring others to grow and fulfill their full potential in Jesus the Christ. Pastor Trent, a native of Cumberland County, Virginia is the son of the late Deacon James and Mary Trent. At the age of seven, he accepted Jesus the Christ as his Lord and Savior and joined Bethlehem Baptist Church, Cumberland, Virginia under the pastorate of the late Rev. S. H. Miller.

He was a product of the Cumberland County Public Schools System. He graduated from Luther P. Jackson High School in June 1965. He entered the United States Army in 1966 and served for two years. Pastor Trent received his calling from God in 1971. He was licensed and later ordained to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ on October 29, 1972 through his home church. Nine months later on March 18, 1973 he began his professional ministry as the Pastor of Second Union Baptist Church, Goochland, Virginia. On January 1, 2003 he was approved to serve as the Church's first full time Pastor.

God has favored Pastor Trent by allowing tremendous and explosive growth to accompany his ministry. During his initial tenure at Second Union Baptist Church he initiated the formation and reorganization of many choirs and ministries: the Gospel and Children's Choir, the D.L. Trent Choir, the Male Choir, the Inspirational Choir, the Youth and Children in Unity, the Praise Dance Ministry, the Children's Bible Study, the Tutorial Program, the Women's Ministry, and the Boys to Men Ministry. Through his leadership, Second Union Baptist Church has witnessed impressive spiritual and physical growth. He spearheaded several building projects including the construction of the Fellowship Hall, Pastor's Study Library, men and ladies restrooms, administrative office, janitorial room, classrooms, and the installation of surveillance and security system.

Pastor Trent's undergraduate work was completed at Richmond Virginia Seminary in May 1992, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree. He continued his biblical studies by obtaining advanced degrees, Master of Divinity Degree and Doctor of Divinity from the Faith International Bible College, Richmond, VA. Pastor Trent has also been blessed to become an adjunct professor at the Faith International Bible College.

Pastor Trent served as a member of the Educational Committee and the Sick and Nominating Committees of the Baptist Minister's Conference of Goochland and Vicinity and a member of the Beulah Baptist Sunday School Convention. He is the past President of the Baptist Minister's Conference of Goochland and Vicinity and the Beulah Baptist Sunday School Convention, past Treasurer of the Slate River Baptist District Association, past Financial Secretary of the Baptist Minister's Conference of Goochland and Vicinity. Additionally, Pastor Trent was honored by the Goochland County Branch NAACP at its annual Freedom Fund Banquet on September 18, 2009 for his outstanding service to the community. He is involved in numerous other endeavors to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.  A devoted family man, Pastor Trent is married to Gloria Morris Trent from his hometown of Cumberland, Virginia. Together they have three children, Rev. Donald Trent II, Montesa Hilliard, and Rev. Stevie Trent, Sr. (Nicole) and seven grandchildren.

But, even more significant than Pastor Trent's many pastoral accomplishments and academic credentials, was his genuine love for the people of God. He was dedicated to spreading the good news of the Gospel to everyone he met as he proclaimed the Word of God.