• 222 Rutherford St., Greenville, SC 29609
  • (864) 233-8020
  • 222 Rutherford St., Greenville, SC 29609
  • (864) 233-8020

About Triune

About Triune Mercy Center


  • 222 Rutherford St., Greenville, SC 29609
  • (864) 233-8020
  • www.triunemercy.org

Triune Mercy Center is a non-denominational mission church that ministers alongside the homeless in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.


More than a hundred years ago, Triune United Methodist Church was founded to worship God and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. In 1989, the church and some like-minded partners began to provide hot meals to the neighborhood under the name Triune Mercy Center. In 2003, the Methodist church dissolved, and Triune Mercy Center became a non-denominational mission church with a board of directors that reflects the variety of its denominational partnerships.


The cornerstone of Triune is worship – held at 11 a.m. each Sunday in the beautiful Triune Chapel. The non-denominational services attract a diverse population of Greenville’s homeless and affluent, and provide a gathering place for those who, in the words of the prophet Micah, desire “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with (their) God.”

Mission Statement: To share Christ’s love by meeting physical needs and providing life-changing opportunities to the disadvantaged.

More About Triune Mercy Center

Our Pastor's Books

Our pastor has written four books inspired by her experiences with homelessness. The first is The Weight of Mercy, a memoir of her first three years at Triune. The Cantaloupe Thief, The Cover Story and Death of a Jester are mysteries with homelessness as a backdrop. All were published by Lion Hudson in Oxford, England, and are available at local bookstores, at Triune and on Amazon.com. See Deb's website at www.debrichardsonmoore.com for more information on ordering.

Here's what readers had to say:

The Weight of Mercy:

I started your book as we lifted off the runway in Atlanta on my way to Japan. I cried twice by the time I reached South Dakota and finished the book as we flew over Alaska. I am in awe of your work at Triune and I just wanted you to know how much your book impacted me. – Edwin McCain, Singer/Songwriter

The Cantaloupe Thief:

Deb Richardson-Moore spices her perfectly paced story with just enough detail to let us see, hear, know, and feel exactly what we need and no more. And she does it with writing that's vibrant, crisp, and real – we're treated to a master storyteller showing us how it's done. Murder may be the plot that drives Richardson-Moore's yank-you-in-from-the-first-sentence yarn, but it's her supple and admirable talent that's to die for. – John Jeter, author of The Plunder Room and Rockin' a Hard Place

The Cover Story:

This was an intelligently plotted mystery with well-drawn characters and a delightful setting. Reporter Branigan Powers is one of my new favorite sleuths. Highly recommended. – Susan Furlong, author of the Georgia Peach and Novel Idea Mysteries

Our Partners

Many local churches and organizations serve as Triune’s partners. We could not operate without them.

Advent UMC
Aldersgate UMC
Atlantic Institue
Augusta Road UMC
Berea Friendship UMC
Bethel Breakfast Ministry
Bethel Missionary Bible Church
Bethel UMC
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
Brookwood Church
Brushy Creek Baptist Church
Buncombe Street UMC
Christ Church Episcopal
Church of the Redeemer
Congregation Beth Israel
Covenant UMC
Disciples UMC
Dunean Baptist Church
Earle Street Baptist Church
Ebenezer UMC
Edwards Road Baptist Church
First Assembly Church of God
First Baptist Church of Greenville
First Baptist Church of Mauldin
First Baptist Church of Taylors
First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ
First Presbyterian Church of Greenville
First Presbyterian Church of Greer

Fourth Presbyterian Church
Francis Asbury UMC
Furman University Lilly Center
God’s Chosen Assembly
Grace Cathedral
Grace Church
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Greenpond UMC
Greenville Tech
Greenville Health System
Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Holland Park Church
John Knox Presbyterian Church
John Wesley UMC
Liberty UMC
Long Branch Baptist Church
Mauldin UMC
Memorial UMC
New Horizon Family Health Services
Northgate Baptist Church
Northside UMC
Overbrook Baptist Church
Pelham Road Baptist Church
Piedmont UMC
Piedmont Park UMC
Pisgah UMC
Praise Cathedral Church of God
Prince of Peace Catholic Church

Radius Church
Reedy Fork Baptist Church
Rocky Creek Baptist Church
Rocky Mount Missionary Baptist Church
St. Anthony Catholic Church
Salem UMC
Simpsonville UMC
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
St. Giles Presbyterian Church
St, James Episcopal Church
St. John UMC
St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church
St. Matthew UMC
St. Michael Lutheran Church
St. Peter Episcopal Church
Soul Winners Mission Church
Travelers Rest UMC
Trinity Church
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Unity Church of Greenville
Valley Brook Missionary Outreach Baptist Church
Vedic Center of Greenville
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Women in Construction

If your church or organization is interested in becoming a partner, please contact Deb Richardson-Moore at 864-233-8020, ext. 110, or by email at deb@triunemercy.org.


No. It was founded as a United Methodist church in 1900, but it is now a non-denominational mission church that ministers alongside the homeless.

No, we offer upbeat, vibrant services in which everyone is welcome. We see part of our mission as bringing affluent Christians face to face with the economically deprived. Homelessness is such a huge problem that it requires the efforts of all of us to eradicate it.


No, Triune is a church that operates a weekend soup kitchen among its other ministries.

A Back Yard Mission Day is available by reservation any Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday. For more information, please visit the Back Yard Missions page. Call Deb at 864-233-3402 to schedule.

Triune receives offerings and donations from individuals, churches and foundations. Our partner churches completely pay for, cook and serve the meals at our weekend soup kitchen. Our food pantry is stocked almost entirely with donations.

Triune’s address is 222 Rutherford St., Greenville. It sits on the corner of Stone Avenue and Rutherford Street, next door to Tommy’s Country Ham House.

Join us for 11 a.m. Sunday worship or reserve a Back Yard Mission Day. Either is a great way to get an overview of our operation. For more regular volunteer opportunities, call Linda Hanna at 864-233-8020 ext. 120 or email her at linda@triunemercy.org. Volunteer orientation takes place every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 pm.

Our faithful partner churches already have most meals scheduled months in advance. However, there are occasional openings. Call Linda Hanna at 864-233-8020 ext. 120.

Triune Chapel is the beautiful sanctuary where we worship.

Triune Mercy Center Board of Directors 2018

Sarah Bell (2018-2020)
Tax Senior Manager
Elliott Davis

Rick Garvais (2015-2017)
Property Committee Chair
Field Auditor, Spinx, Inc.

Rion Smith (2018-2020)
Owner, Outdoors Sports Marketing

Rev. Darian Blue (2017-2019)
Pastor, Nicholtown Missionary Baptist Church
Executive Director, Phillis Wheatley Association

Kim Bullard (2017-2019)
President, THG Construction, Inc.

Angie Howell (2016-2018)
South State Bank/ VP, Branch Manager

Amy Sutherland (2017-2019)
Attorney/Family Court Judge, Retired

Kristy Ikenberry (2016-2018)
Training Manager
Eastern Industrial Supply

Kathy Vass (2017-2019)
PR Director, Jackson Marketing Group
Robert Gage (2014-2016)
Owner, Gage Insurance

Wendi Hill (2017-2019)
President, Market Momentum

Zeke Benton (2017-2019)

Justin Garrison (2017-2019)
Communications, Fluor Corp.

Chip Price (2018-2020)

Anne M. Spence (2016-2018)
Partner, NPO Partners, LLC

Elaine Nocks (2015-2017)
Retired Furman Professor and
Volunteer Pastoral Assoc. at Triune

Dr. John Weems (2016-2018)
Palliative Care, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital System

Ed Parris (2016-2018)
President, Phillips Staffing


Triune Mercy Center
864-233-8020 ext. 110

Pastor / Director
864-233-8020 ext. 170

Associate Pastor
864-233-8020 ext. 180

Associate Director / Employment Specialist
864-233-8020 ext. 130

Rehabilitation Specialist
864-233-8020 ext. 150

Director of Enrichment Programs
864-233-8020 ext. 106

Recovery Advocate/Operations Support
864-233-8020 ext. 160

Facilities Manager
864-233-8020 ext. 107

Social Worker
864-233-8020 ext. 120

Office Manager / Volunteer Coordinator
864-233-8020 ext. 108

Bon Secours St. Francis Social Worker