St Peter's Church is a Mission Church of the Anglican Province of America (APA). We are dedicated to the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Traditional Anglican Expression of Christianity.
We strive to offer a worship service befitting the beauty and majesty of our Lord and to exhibit in our congregation a genuine and inviting love of Christ for His people.
History St. Peter's Anglican Church
St. Peter's Anglican Church was formed in 1995 as a mission of the Anglican Church in America's Diocese of the Eastern United States. The first Vicar was the Rev'd Dr James Lipsey, who continued in this position until his health failed in 2005.
On July 1, 2005, Fr Gary A. Marshall was appointed Vicar of St. Peter's by the Right Rev'd Louis Campese, Bishop of the Diocese of the Eastern United States. During that time, the mission relocated from its previous worship site in Canton to the historic "Frog Level" district in Waynesville. We were blessed to be provided a site for worship in a building designated as a "National Historic Landmark," located at 313 Depot Street on the banks of Richland Creek. Once renovations to the building were completed, the dedication service was held on April 30, 2006.
On June 1, 2009, following Fr. Marshall's retirement, Fr. Samuel Edwards became the third Vicar of Saint Peter's. The Depot Street location was sold in November of 2009 and the congregation held its final service there on November 22. The current worship site is at 1608 Sulphur Springs Road in Waynesville, conveniently located near exit 100 from the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway (US 74).
In January 2011 St Peter's moved from the Anglican Church in America to the Anglican Province of America and became part of the Diocese of Appalacia under the guidance of the Dean of Appalachia, The Very Rev. John Lathrop. At that time we came under the care of All Saints Anglican Church in Mills River and its Rector, Rev. William A. S. Martin. From January 2011 to September 2011 Fr. Paul Blankinship was the Supply Priest for St. Peter's. Beginning in October 2011 Fr. Martin took over from Fr. Paul and services were moved to the afternoons at 2:00 until a time when St. Peter's could once more have their own vicar.
In December of 2012 the Rt. Rev Michael Nesmith wall called to serve as Priest in Charge and the services returned to Sunday mornings. Bishop Mike stayed with us for a year then moved to Louisiana.
We are now happy to have Rev. Father Michael Bolt, who joined us in December 2013 as our Priest-in-Charge.