The story of All Saints begins a little over 10 years ago. At that time, we were a group of clergy and laity who had been faithful members of The Episcopal Church for years, but found that recent theological revisions left us desiring a Church that was more faithful to the Bible and the historic faith of the Church. In the Fall of 2007, Father Filmore Strunk and about 250 laity formed All Saints Anglican Church. We continued our tradition of biblical preaching and teaching, a common life ordered by liturgical worship, ministry that welcomed the presence of the Holy Spirit, and a lively mission focus both in the Charlotte area and internationally. We held our first worship service on All Saints Day, November 1, 2007. The Most Reverend Justice Akrofi, Archbishop of West Africa, graciously offered to be our Bishop, and we became formally affiliated with the Church of Ghana.
In 2009 over 500 congregations formed the Anglican Church of North America, and we joined that body the next year. We are delighted to be in a Church that is faithful, missional, and gracious. We were a founding congregation of our diocese, The Diocese of the Carolinas, formed in 2012. We are constantly blessed to see the number of biblically faithful parishes expanding in our region.
During our first nine years as a Church, we did not have a building of our own in which to worship. Thankfully, Siler Presbyterian Church, and later Charlotte Catholic High School, graciously opened their doors to us and allowed us to use their facilities for our Sunday worship. We are eternally grateful for their Christ-like hospitality and generosity.
We realized that we needed a permanent home. Around 2008 we began looking for a suitable place to call our own, but nothing ever seemed to work out. After years of searching, God caused everything to align perfectly for us to purchase a plot of land on Hemby Road in Weddington. Everyone rejoiced at what clearly seemed to be Divine Provision! By God’s grace we had a very successful capital campaign, and found an architect and a builder who constructed the beautiful building we now occupy. Our first service at our current location was held on Ash Wednesday of 2017. Since then, we've seen a number of new faces worship with us and join our Church family.
But here's the heart of the story: We are a group of people who have been under the gracious hand of a good and generous God at every turn. Over and over again we have discovered that the Lord has brought us the right person for a particular ministry, or the right opportunity for mission, or the right provision for a need. It is true that our story is one of challenge, risk, and faith. It is also very deeply true that we have discovered that God honors broken people who trust in him. He has provided for our every need, formed a community of warm and faithful people, and preserved a church that is formed around the best gifts of the early Church, a church that is biblical, sacramental, and Spirit-filled.