Congregation Profile

St. John’s Anglican Church—a member of the Anglican Church of North America and the Diocese of Western Anglicans—comprises about 40 parishioners from all walks of life.

We began informal worship meetings in members’ homes more than 12 years ago in Park City, Utah. In June 2004, we incorporated as Wasatch Anglican Fellowship. In 2014, we relocated from Park City to the Salt Lake Valley.

In recent years, we have grown to include members of a traditional Anglican Karen community, refugees to the Salt Lake Valley from the Thai-Myanmar border region.

Our leadership consists of a six-member vestry led by a Senior Warden. We have had three full-time rectors since 2005, the most recent a bi-vocational priest serving more than six years. We are currently under the interim care of Eucharistic Lay Ministers and a visiting, retired orthodox Episcopal priest.

From our inception, we have had an ongoing prayer ministry wherein members offer healing and other intercessory prayer for needs brought to them by parishioners. A Bible study under the auspices of St. John’s attracts members of the congregation and the community.

What We Believe
As a community of believers, we consider ourselves to be orthodox, evangelical, Christ-centered Christians committed to the spirit of the Anglican liturgy wherein the gifts of the Holy Spirit are exercised and welcomed. We submit ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, seeking a genuine and ever-deepening relationship with the Holy Trinity.

We believe in the triune God. We believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ. We confess the creeds of the ancient Church and honor the Articles of Religion. We submit ourselves to the authority of Holy Scripture as it has been interpreted in holy tradition throughout the centuries. We hold that the Bible is the inspired word of God. We believe the foundations of our faith have to do with repairing our broken state before God. We believe the Church exists to draw people to Jesus, and to do that it must transcend and transform secular culture, rather than to be transformed by it. This must be balanced with reaching out to the people of our region where they are with the love that Jesus Christ has for them. We believe in the reality of sin and redemption and humbly acknowledge that we are all sinners.

We believe in the power of prayer.

Where We Are
Presently, St. John’s serves greater Salt Lake City, a medium-sized, fast-growing, metropolitan area with a population of more than 1,200,000.

As the largest city between Denver and San Francisco, Salt Lake City is home to a major research university and a world-renowned medical center. Northern Utah features a booming technology sector, with startups and relocations keeping overall unemployment in the 3 percent range.

A variety of Christian churches serve the Salt Lake Valley, and at present ours is the sole Anglican congregation. Members come from as far away as Park City, Provo, and Ogden, while most live in Salt Lake or its suburbs.

We also welcome tourists seeking Anglican worship to the beautiful, 112-year-old chapel adjacent to the Salt Lake Regional Medical Center (formerly Holy Cross Hospital).

Where We Are Going
We are building in Salt Lake City a viable, obedient, orthodox community of the faithful, a clear alternative for those who love the Anglican liturgy and accept the authority of Scripture. We want to introduce the non-churched to Jesus and the Anglican tradition. We believe we can do this using the gifts of the Holy Spirit, principally through the evangelical ministries of education and outreach.

We are a house of worship, evangelism and prayer. Our long-term goal is to grow into a congregation that is active in ministering all stages of life through worship, discipleship and education. We want to be active and visible in the community around us.