About Our Church

Learn about our church and our history.

Our Statement of Purpose

To help connect people to faith

We are here to be a spirit-filled community to share the good news of God’s love and redemption and to witness this love in the world.

Since 1958, the clergy and people of St. Michael’s have been actively involved in the affairs of our community and our diocese.

Our History

In March 1958, the Rev. Sidney C. Swann, the Rector of St. Paul’s, Petersburg, and members of his vestry met with a group of interested persons to discuss the establishment of an Episcopal mission in Colonial Heights. As an outcome of the meeting an advisory committee was formed and began to function in May. A month later word was received that St. Michael’s had been officially recognized as a parochial mission of St. Paul’s. On May 4, 1959, St. Michael’s was recognized as an organized mission by the 67th Annual Council of the Diocese of Southern Virginia meeting at Virginia Beach. It became an independent parish at the 68th Annual Council meeting in Petersburg on May 2, 1960.

Ground was broken on the present site of the church on September 21, 1958, and the service of dedication, opening the present building, was conducted on June 28, 1959. The Rt. Rev. David S. Rose, Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of Southern Virginia, officiated at both ceremonies.

About Our Church

St. Michael’s is an Episcopal, all inclusive parish of worship, spiritual growth, acceptance, and healing church. Rector pro tem: Rev. Canon James Drinard Smith. “Come Worship with Us” As we grow to be who Jesus wants us to be and do what he wants us to do.

About Our Diocese

We are a part of the Southern Virginia Diocese. The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, formed in 1892, has over 30,000 members and 108 congregations. It stretches from the Atlantic Ocean westward to Dan River, and from the south side of the James River at Richmond to the North Carolina border.

At St. Michael’s we are Christ Focused….“In him you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.”

– Book of Common Prayer, p. 368

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

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