Recent history at St. Marks
2022: Brandy Saltzman
is hired as Youth Minister
We are pleased to welcome Brandy Saltzman to our staff.
2021: Father Garry Edwards
is called as Rector
We are pleased to have Father Garry join us. A native of Barbados he joins us from Melbourne Florida and brings great energy to the hill.
2021: Flyin' Lion Ministries Opens
2021: The Rafters Opens
& Hosts its First Wedding
Our Historic Past
1800's: St. Mark's is established
Columbus W. McCoy of Long Creek Township invites Joseph Blount Cheshire from St. Peter's church in Charlotte to hold a service in his community, stating that a number of people in his neighborhood had manifested an interest in the Episcopal Church. McCoy had formerly been a Presbyterian, but having become acquainted with the Book of Common Prayer, he expressed a desire to join the Episcopal Church. Cheshire accepted the invitation, and on November 18 held his first service there in the community schoolhouse. He passed the night with Mr. McCoy and spent the next day in visiting the people of the neighborhood. He felt that "very little can be accomplished in a new field by merely having a service, even a Sunday service, unless time is given to personal familiar visiting from house to house, to know the people, and to establish some influence among them." He held a second service that night, and returned to Charlotte the following morning. This same procedure was followed in his subsequent visits.
Beginning in May, 1884, Cheshire held monthly services in the Long Creek community. Observing the growing interest of the community in the church, he decided to hold a series of services for them from August 12 through the 6th. He secured the assistance of Rev. Dr. George B. Wetmore and Rev. Mr. Osborne. The services were held in Beach Cliff School- house and were so well attended that part of the congregation was forced to sit out-of-doors. Cheshire and his assistants took turns in preaching in the morning and evening. In the afternoons they visited those families who had shown an interest in becoming members of the church. In the course of the week they baptized sixteen persons, for the most part children, and at the end of the services fourteen adults signified their desire to be confirmed. At the close of the week's preaching Cheshire was presented with a petition signed by eleven persons who asked that they be organized as a mission under the name of St. Mark's Chapel. This was indeed a successful conclusion to the week's work.
On October 25 Bishop Lyman visited Long Creek and confirmed sixteen persons. Following the confirmation he organized the congregation as a mission to be known as St. Mark's, which at that time was located within Long Creek which was the original town name for Huntersville, NC.
1886: Land was donated and the corner stone of the church building was laid.
1887: The first service in our worship space was held.
1897: Our Parish House was built. This building served as our Rectory for St. Mark's priests and families for decades. It now holds Sunday school classes, our nursery, and our Rafter's bride's room.