St. John’s Anglican Church comprises about 40 parishioners. Roughly half are members of a traditional Anglican Karen community, refugees to the Salt Lake Valley from the Thai-Myanmar border region.
We began informal worship meetings more than 12 years ago in Park City, Utah, gathering in members’ homes. In June 2004, we incorporated under the name of Wasatch Anglican Fellowship and began meeting in the library of a Christian school under the leadership of a bi-vocational priest. We have had three full-time rectors since 2005; the latest moving out of Utah in August of this year after almost seven years as our pastor.
We consider ourselves to be orthodox, evangelical, Christ-centered Christians, committed to the spirit of the Anglican liturgy. We are a community of believers 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: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We are currently under the interim care of Eucharistic Lay Ministers and a visiting, retired orthodox Episcopal priest, under the continuing guidance of bishops of the Anglican Church of North America.
We have a leadership consisting of a six-member vestry led by a Senior Warden. From our inception, we have had an ongoing prayer ministry wherin ministry 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, in addition to friends in the community.
What We Believe
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 Going
We are building in Salt Lake City a viable, obedient, orthodox community of the faithful that will be 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.
Where We Are
We relocated from Park City to the Salt Lake Valley in 2014, to better serve the needs of greater Salt Lake City, a medium-sized, but fast-growing, metropolitan area with a population of over 1,000,000. Salt Lake City is a major communications center and the largest city between Denver and San Francisco. It is home to a major research university and is known world-wide for its medical services. There is a wide variety of Christian churches in our area, but only one Anglican congregation. While the bulk of our congregation is made up of Salt Lake City residents; others travel from Park City and Provo, and as far north as Ogden. We also welcome tourists seeking Anglican worship to the beautiful (though worn) 112 year old chapel adjacent to the Salt Lake Regional Medical Center (once Holy Cross Hospital).