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St. John's Episcopal Church
Location 302 Green Street
Fayetteville
North Carolina
Built 1832
Architectural style Gothic Revival
NRHP reference No. 74001343
Added to NRHP September 6, 1974

St. John's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina is a congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina, a division of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Founded in 1817, it is located on Green Street in historic downtown Fayetteville. The congregation was formally organized April 7, 1817, and it became the first Episcopal church in the city. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Public tours are available by appointment.

History

Organization

When the city was founded, Fayetteville's Episcopalian families had no congregation of their own. Because the town's population was mainly of Scottish descent, Episcopalians typically worshiped together with the Presbyterians. In 1816, John Winslow went to Wilmington to consult the Rev. Dr. Bethell Judd, and the following year St. John's Episcopal Church was founded in Fayetteville. The Rev. Dr. Judd became the church's first rector.

Original church

The foundations of the original church building were laid in 1817 by the local chapter of the Masonic Order. The church had a single spire which housed the town clock, and the total cost was about $16,000. In 1831 the Great Fire destroyed the church building, along with hundreds of other historic downtown sites.

Current building and recent renovations

The current church was constructed in 1832. The main church, which has a seating capacity of over 400 people, features stained glass windows from Munich, Germany depicting Biblical scenes. The Chapel of the Beloved Disciple provides a more intimate setting for smaller services. In 1990, St. John's purchased the Kyle House, a 139-year-old home adjacent to the church which is often used for receptions, classes, and meetings. In 2002, the parish dedicated a building project which connected the original church structure to the Kyle House. The project also included the addition of a gymnasium, a pre-school facility, and an expanded fellowship hall.

Rectors

St. John's has had eighteen rectors since its organization.

  • The Rev. Bethel Judd (1817–1818)
  • The Rev. Gregory T. Bedell (1818–1822)
  • The Rev. William Hooper (1822–1824)
  • The Rev. Henry M. Mason (1825–1827)
  • The Rev. Philip B. Wiley (1828–1830)
  • The Rev. William G. H. Jones (1830-1831)
  • The Rev. Jarvis B. Buxton (1831–1851)
  • The Rev. Joseph Caldwell Huske (1851–1888)
  • The Rev. Thomas Atkinson, Jr. (1888–1893)
  • The Rev. Isaac Wayne Hughes (1894–1909)
  • The Rev. Charles Tyndall (1910–1912)
  • The Rev. Archie Boogher (1912–1938)
  • The Rev. Tate Young (1938–1942)
  • The Rev. J. F. Ferneyhough (1943–1954)
  • The Rev. Roscoe C. Hauser, Jr. (1954–1974)
  • The Rev. Robert L. Ladehoff (1974–1985)
  • The Rev. David M. Chamberlain (1987–2002)
  • The Rev. Louanne Mabry-Loch (2003–2007)

Worship

The Eucharist is always at the center of worship at St. John's. The church generally has a Broad Church to High Church style of worship, with the vast majority of services following a formal, traditional format. Both the Rite I and the Rite II forms of worship from the Book of Common Prayer are used. St. John's recently began a contemporary service on Wednesday evenings.

Preschool

St. John's also operates a nondenominational, Christian preschool for children ages 6 months through four years of age. The preschool is in its ninth year of operation.

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