Church of the Resurrection: Six decades of history

clarkston8In January of 1960, a group of Clarkston Episcopalians expressed their desire to Rev. C. George Widdifield, Rector of All Saints’ church in Pontiac to start a mission in Clarkston. The decision was made to proceed and in early March a delegation representing 15 families met with Bishop Richard Emrich, who approved the plan.

The first service was held on Palm Sunday 1960 with the Rt. Rev. Archie H. Crowley celebrating the Eucharist in the home of Mr. & Mrs. Jack Haupt for 35 worshippers. By June 1960 regular Sunday Services were being conducted in Clarkston Elementary School by various clergy. Less than four months later, Rev. Whiddifield announced that Mr. & Mrs. John Delind donated 3 acres of property on which to build a church. The Rev. Alexander T. Stewart was called as the mission’s first Vicar and began his duties on November 6, 1960.

An Episcopal Church Women (ECW) was formed in 1961 with Mrs. Richard Osgood as president, and the Altar guide was organized by Mrs. Walter Forbes.

Under the guidance of Rev. Stewart, ground breaking and the construction of the present Church of the Resurrection began on August 5, 1964 and dedication was on May 23, 1965.

At the Diocese of Michigan Convection in October 1967 the Church of Resurrection was accepted as a parish and a vicarage was added in 1968.

In 1974, an expansion to the church building was made to enlarge the parish hall, adding spaces for a nursery, more storage and another meeting room.

In 1985 another building expansion was underway. A new higher roof, enlarged nave,  new sacristy, narthex, solar corridor, additional meeting room and larger offices were added.

In the fifty-five years Church of the Resurrection has been in existence, our mission has been to proclaim the power and love of Jesus Christ through our worship, fellowship and service to others.  The faithful family of our church continues to believe in the mission of the parish and the purpose of the founding members.


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