Holy Trinity Church, since been renamed as Christ Church Pietermaritzburg in 2013, was planted by Christ Church Pinetown under the direction of Bishop Joe Bell in March 1974. Under the leadership of the Rev. Ken Terhoven, the founding Rector, who arrived in January 1975, and his hard working Council, an old dry cleaning business was purchased for R25000 which was slowly renovated into premises suitable for church activities. This was the climax of some hard work put in by the Savy family, who relocated from Pinetown, and the Rev. Ernie and Mrs. Mary Jump, who started the church in their garage at their home. In August 1976 Bishop Stephen Bradley dedicated the church buildings.
Since then, by the grace of God, the church has grown slowly but steadily. And with the increasing congregation, there was a tremendous amount of building activity: the church auditorium has been enlarged four times to seat a capacity of 600 people, an administrative block built to accommodate the pastoral and administrative staff, a Sunday-School complex constructed and two halls have also been built.
The Rev. Warwick Cole-Edwardes, who later was consecrated as the KZN Area Bishop, served the church for 30 years as its Rector from January 1976 to December 2005. During his ministry, a number of churches were planted and the facilities were expanded to accommodate a growing church. In April 1978 the first daughter church was established in Hilton, a second daughter church was established in February 1986 in Greytown and yet another in June 1986, with the dedication of the church in Sweetwaters, a large area on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg.
January 1987 saw the commencement of Trinity Academy Pietermaritzburg (TAP), which has subsequently been renamed Kwa-Zulu Natal Missionary and Bible College (KMBC), an equipping and training centre, focusing on training Africans for ministry in Africa. Bishop Warwick Cole-Edwardes who started the Bible College now serves as its fulltime Principal.
In July 2006, the Rev. Wayne Barkhuizen was appointed as its third Rector. Just prior to his arrival, a Zulu-speaking church service was started by the Rev. Mbongiseni Zuma which, by God’s grace, has blossomed into yet another church plant, Christ Church Msunduzi. Currently there are three other Zulu-speaking churches, scattered across Pietermaritzburg and its surroundings, who are its daughter churches. A church pastoral team has been appointed to serve the needs of the church and the wider community; there are currently 5 fulltime pastoral staff to deal with pastoral matters and provide ministry to children, youth and for younger families too to raise up the next generation of Christ’s followers.