A Brief History of Church of Our Savior

  • Celebrating Our Union
    Celebrating Our Union
    We celebrated two years together in April 2015
  • Pastor David Ball Led the Transition
    Pastor David Ball Led the Transition
    Pictured here (at right) at a Men's Ministry low country boil
  • Good Friends Worked Together
    Good Friends Worked Together
    Bill White and Kent Steen helped make the merged church work
  • A Visit From Our Bishop
    A Visit From Our Bishop
    The Rt. Rev. Neil Lebhar, our bishop, delivered the anniversary sermon
  • Friends Celebrate
    Friends Celebrate
    Kathleen Fannin and Jim Pratt at the anniversary party
  • Newcomers Welcomed
    Newcomers Welcomed
    Andrea and James Waters have become vital members of our church family
  • A Man of the Word
    A Man of the Word
    David Wainer, one of our spiritual leaders

Church of Our Savior was established in 2013 by the joining of two Anglican congregations, Calvary Anglican and Resurrection Anglican.

Beaches Anglican Church was established in 2006 out of small bible study group that saw the need to begin a new Anglican Church at the Beaches. Their conviction was shared by other Anglicans in the area and a new church emerged. The first Vicar was called in 2007 to help lead the new church and served until August 2009 when the Reverend David W. Ball was called as the first full-time minister. The church was re-named Resurrection.

Calvary Anglican Church began in 1989 as an Episcopal church and was located on the western side of the Intracoastal Waterway. It was very much a regional church drawing committed Christians from all over Duval and St. Johns County. While Calvary was searching for a new Pastor in 2013 it was determined to be God’s will for the two churches to join together, which they did in April, 2013. Church of Our Savior was formed and is a member of the Gulf Atlantic Diocese of the Anglican Church in North America.

Church of Our Savior worships in the historic Chapel of the Beaches History Museum. Nursery and Sunday School classes are held in the old Post Office and Depot on the grounds of the Museum. Church of Our Savior offices and fellowship hall are located in Malone Hall across the street at 511 Pablo Avenue.

Locations

  • Western side of the Intracoastal Waterway, 1989 (Inception of Calvary Anglican)
  • First Christian Church, October 2006 (Inception of Resurrection Anglican)
  • Neptune Baptist Church, (August 2007 – October 2009)
  • The historic chapel at Beaches Chapel in Neptune Beach, (November 2009 – May 2012)
  • Beach United Methodist Church, (June 2012 – April 2013)
  • Beaches Museum Chapel, (May 26, 2013 – Present)

Timeline

  • 1989: Calvary Anglican Church began as an Episcopal church.
  • 2006: A small group of Anglicans start meeting in homes in the beaches area, united by concern over issues in the Episcopal Church.
  • 2007:  A church is formed called Anglican Beaches Church (ABC)
  • August 2009:  Reverend David Ball becomes Pastor of Anglican Beaches Church, Joins Anglican Mission in the Americas
  • October 2009:  ABC is renamed “Resurrection Anglican Church”
  • January 2013:    Resurrection Anglican Church joins the Gulf Atlantic Diocese of the Anglican Church in North America
  • April 28, 2013:  Calvary Anglican Church, another small beaches ACNA church, and Resurrection Anglican Church merge to become Church of Our Savior
  • May 26, 2013:  Church of Our Savior begins meeting at Beaches Museum and History Park, Jacksonville Beach