Proverbs 20:6 says, “Most men will proclaim their own goodness, but a faithful man, who can find?” That question can be answered by the life and ministry of Dr. Lenny Willinger, who served the Lord and the people of Trinity Baptist Church for over 48 years as Associate Pastor.
Dr. Willinger, stationed in Jacksonville as a part of the United States Navy, became a member of Trinity in 1959. He later graduated from Tennessee Temple University and was called to be the Associate Pastor by the church in 1968.
A tireless worker and dedicated soul winner, he led our first College & Career Ministry, oversaw a large evangelistic Bus Ministry, and taught a Men’s Bible Class for many years, which primarily was made up of a large group of men from the Trinity Rescue Mission. There is no possible way to measure the kingdom impact of Dr. Willinger’s service. Under his steadfast leadership, countless men, women and children came to know the love of Jesus.
Dr. Willinger served as Headmaster for Trinity Christian Academy. In 1993, he started the International Student Program. Since that time, TCA has been privileged to educate over 274 international students from 17 different countries, which is a direct result of Dr. Willinger’s initiative to educate students and share the gospel on a global level.
He retired from ministry just over a year ago, and passed into the presence of Jesus this past Friday afternoon, March 11. His legacy will live on in the hearts of those he ministered to and through the ministry that he so loved.
Dr. Willinger is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Mary Ann; four children: Marlene, Paul, Danny, David; 13 grandchildren: Jonathan, Danielle, Alexa, Kari, Tara, Jewels, Whitney, Ariel, Chloe, Amberlyn, Cassie, and KaCee; and five great grandchildren: Wade, Mary-Kate, Crystal, Crimson, and Brylee.
The viewing will be in the Trinity Baptist Church auditorium, on Thursday, March 16, at 12:00pm, and the memorial service will follow at 1:00pm. Interment will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to either the Trinity Rescue Mission or The Willinger Fund for International Education at TCA.