About The Trust

The Trust Performing Arts Center Great Hall ceiling and chandelier.Photo credits: Hannah Joelle Photography


The Trust Performing Arts Center exists to honor God by encouraging excellence in the work of student and professional artists and by enriching our community through inspiring, challenging, and redemptive experiences.

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. — Psalm 37:3

“The Trust is a truly unique performing arts venue in our region. The combination of excellent, down-to-earth leadership, variety and quality of the performers and an unmatched resonating and other-worldly sound in the main hall make the Trust a regular destination for me and my family. But it’s not just the music; the Trust Conversations never disappoint – I have been challenged, enlightened and encouraged by the guest speakers. There’s nothing quite like The Trust.” – Timothy Bouffard (Google review)



In 1912, Lancaster’s largest bank, the Lancaster Trust Company, finished construction on its new downtown headquarters. Sparing no expense in the process, the Lancaster Trust Company built one of the region’s most stunning buildings, a Beaux-Arts masterpiece from the imagination of Lancaster’s leading architect, C. Emlen Urban.

A century later, Mr. Urban’s architectural treasure is being re-imagined as The Trust Performing Arts Center – a stunning new venue for music, theater & dance, and community events in the heart of downtown Lancaster. We invite you to join our re-imagining as we seek to create a venue that will elevate our humanity and encourage excellence among artists.

The Trust represents Lancaster Bible College’s return to its roots in downtown Lancaster. The college was founded in 1933 just blocks from The Trust. We are excited to once again be a part of this thriving history and have the opportunity to impact Lancaster’s historic arts district.

The Trust Performing Arts Center Great Hall ceiling and wall.

“Saw a spectacular show here last week. We sat in the second row and the sound was excellent. As a musician, I appreciate being close enough to see the effort and facial expressions of the musician, but I had never had that opportunity at a classical performance. The building is beautiful and worth a trip just for the architecture. I highly recommended taking in a performance at The Trust.” – Ethan Jones (Google review)


Spaces Inside The Trust & Venue Rental

We have several space rental options to fit the needs of your event. Amenities included with venue rental include tables, chairs, and basic A/V equipment (podium, microphone, and set lighting).

The Great Hall.The Great Hall.The Black Box event space.The Black Box Theatre.

Square Halo Gallery.Square Halo Gallery.Second floor meeting room.Second floor historic board room.

Arts & Culture Series Staff

Dr. Robert Bigley
Executive Director (currently on sabbatical)

Ariella Hoover
Interim Director

Brianna Wilhelm
Administrative Assistant
Ned Bustard
Square Halo Gallery Director


Our Sponsors

The generous support of our sponsors allows us to continue operating The Trust and to serve as Lancaster’s premiere performing arts venue. Visit the Support page to learn more about how you can support The Trust.

Lancaster Bible College logo
WDAC Radio Lancaster logo

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