On Sunday, April 30, 2017, the Rev’d Dr. Mark Menees was instituted as the first Rector of St. John’s Anglican Church, Greensboro, North Carolina. Earlier this year, St. John’s Church petitioned their bishop, the Most Rev’d Walter H. Grundorf, to be recognized as a parish church, as designated by the canons of the Diocese of the Eastern United States.  The story of St. John’s Church is like many churches in the traditional Anglican movement, having started and restarted on more than one occasion. Through the various changes, the church finally found a home sharing a Lutheran church building. When the Lutherans decided to close the church, St. John’s congregation voted to buy the building. Fr. Menees came to the Anglican Province of America (APA) from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America a number of years ago.  He worshipped at St. John’s and became part of St. John’s and the APA through ordination. Under his leadership, St. John’s has grown in spirit and in numbers, and is now a vibrant congregation. On the date of the institution, an infant child was also baptized.

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