Trinity Episcopal Church, Watertown, SD

Contact Information

The Rev. Jackie Bernacchi ~ Rector

(605) 886-4167
South Dakota
About Us: 

The church is located on a rolling five-acre plot on the northwest side of Watertown. The contemporary church building was dedicated in 1975, nine years following the first service in the new church on Trinity Sunday in 1966.

Our main worship area is spacious with seating for 200. A magnificent hand-carved Christus Rex is suspended over the chancel. The white marble altar and the pipe organ were memorial gifts when the church was built.

The undercroft includes a nursery, a vestry/library room and a dining area that can 
be easily divided for Sunday school or small groups. Our spacious and fully equipped kitchen is adjacent.

All areas of the church are handicapped accessible. We also have an elevator.

Trinity Episcopal Church has a congregation diverse in age and previous religious backgrounds. We depend on volunteers to carry out ministries such as pastoral care, lay reading, lay Eucharistic ministry, altar guild, teaching and governance.

Eucharist is celebrated weekly at Jenkins Living Center for Episcopal residents and others who care to join the group. Trinity participates in the Watertown Banquet, which, incidentally, was started by Trinity members.

Moses, one of the Sundanese “Lost Boys” now living in Sioux Falls, S.D., came to Watertown to study aircraft maintenance at Lake Area Technical Institute and joined our congregation. It was his dream to build a school in his home village in South Sudan. Trinity became a generous part of what became a successful diocesan project that is making Moses’ dream come true. The village also needed clean water. Trinity members headed a Watertown-wide fund drive for a village well. The parish gave one tenth of the needed funds. A generous member gave an automated corn grinder that frees girls from an arduous primitive task and allows them to attend school.

Trinity generously supports the United Thank Offering and gives to other church projects and institutions. The parish provides many social events for the community such as its annual harvest dinner in the fall.

Trinity is an integral part of the city of Watertown, a progressive community of 21,000. The city has moved from being almost entirely a support center for the agricultural area that surrounds it to more diverse business and industrial enterprises that have fostered its growth. Products produced in Watertown are marketed nationally and worldwide.

The city, on the Big Sioux River and adjacent to two lakes, Kampeska and Pelican, is ideally located for year-round recreational activities. Nimrods and anglers find the local area and nearby Northeast Lake Region unsurpassed for the enjoyment of their sport.

Besides having a superior public school system, Watertown has a technical institute and a branch of Mount Marty College that provide educational opportunities for post high school students and adults.

We have a beautiful spacious regional library. The community is fast becoming and important regional Mecca for medical care. The addition of a cardiac unit in the hospital and a cancer treatment center on the hospital campus are recent enhancements. Athletic programs for all ages are offered both in the schools and the Recreation Center.

Sioux Falls, the largest city in South Dakota and home of the Diocesan office and Calvary Cathedral, is just ninety miles south on Interstate 29.


500 14th Avenue NW P.O. Box 623
Watertown, SD 57201
United States