A BRIEF HISTORY OF ST. FRANCIS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
In the early 1950s, St. Francis was established as a mission of the Diocese. Parish status was granted in 1952 with The Rev. G. Richard Wheatcroft as its first rector.
Located on 15.4 wooded acres in Piney Point Village, St. Francis is a community composed of two principal entities—the Church and the Day School. The school began with a preschool class of 24 children and is today the largest K-8 Episcopal Parish Day School in the United States.
Also included within this community are the St. Francis Sports Association and the St. Francis Scouting program. These two additional missions of the church span the church/school community, offering unique opportunities for our parish to reach out to those families searching for a church home.
Rev. Wheatcroft retired after 40 years as the only rector of St. Francis. Since his retirement, St. Francis has had three full-time rectors, including The Rev. Stuart A. Bates, the current rector who joined the parish in 2007.
St. Francis is a warm and welcoming parish and offers four worship services on Sunday as well as a Wednesday evening service.