The dream is a reality: Trinity Landing welcomes first residents

The Trinity Landing dream has become a reality.

The coastal senior living community welcomed its first residents at the end of June, after four decades of planning.

“I am so thrilled that I can’t stop smiling,” Ann Pressly, Trinity Landing director of sales and marketing, said as she helped the first residents get settled into their new home. “I can’t say enough about the opportunity this has been, and how excited I am that it is becoming a reality. I am over the moon excited about the opening of Trinity Landing!”

The dream of Trinity Landing began 40 years ago with a donation of 30 acres of land on Masonboro Loop Road by Abba Lossen Crumpler and her niece Mae McFarland in memory of Captain Tom and Annette Lossen and their children to Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC). Crumpler was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wilmington.

Then LSC President Rev. Robert Q. Beard negotiated the purchase of 20 additional acres to complete the 50-acre Trinity Landing tract. Beard remained an avid supporter of the project and was excited it was finally under construction.  He died in 2021 before the project was complete, but his legacy is secure.

“Pinch me and tell me this isn’t a dream!” said LSC President Ted Goins. “Forty years ago, Mrs. Abba Crumpler and Lutheran Services Carolinas had a dream, and that dream is being realized today! Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time and season for everything; this is the season of Trinity Landing!”

The community sits just south of Wrightsville Beach on the Intracoastal Waterway. Geared to active senior living, amenities include a waterfront pavilion and dock with boat slips and kayak launch; three restaurant venues; a wellness center featuring a saltwater pool and spa; walking paths, biking paths, and boardwalks; a dog park; an art studio; gathering rooms for clubs, meetings, and events; an auditorium; a salon and spa; and a library and media center.

Pressly said she is looking forward to seeing relationships develop between the residents themselves, and Trinity Landing teammates.

“We have already built a culture here that feels like family even before opening. Now we get to be together,” Pressly said. “Our Trinity Landing community is more than just a beautiful building. It will be a thriving and vibrant community for the seniors who live here.”

Longtime LSC teammate Bonnie Skobel has been named executive director of Trinity Landing and has led the monumental effort to complete the project, set up the systems, hire teammates, and open.  John Frye, another longtime LSC teammate who was the owner representative and project manager for LSC’s Trinity Grove in Wilmington, recreated his role to successfully complete Trinity Landing.

The Trinity Landing marketing office is in Wilmington at 5215 Junction Park Circle, Suite 102. For more information about Trinity Landing, call 910-769-9600 or go to