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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

Our Flyin' Lion Transition to Employment Program holds its first class in April 2021.  

Our Mission: To create a community that embraces acceptance, encourages the talents and  enhances the skills of economically challenged and differently abled adults seeking to become self supporting.


2021: The Rafters Opens 

& Hosts its First Wedding

The Rafters officially opened in March 2021 and we held our first wedding in June of that year.   

Our Historic Past

More information about St. Mark's slave cemetery can be found in the resource section of this page.


1946: McCoy Cemetery entrusted to our care


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.



Bishop Joseph Blount Cheshire organized St. Mark's as a mission in January 1884.  Use link above to read about Bishop Cheshire's life and his involvement with St. Mark's and St. Michael and All Angels missions.

2020: Rafters Ground Breakin​g​

July 2020: Ground breaking for our new building "The Rafters". This building gives us additional space to meet, grow, and help serve our new endeavor "Flyin' Lion Transition to Work Ministry". We host weddings and community events to raise funds for our Flyin' Lions Ministry.

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