About Us: Congregational History
The Reverend Malcolm Riker founded St. John’s Episcopal Church on December 8, 1960. The first congregation was a “home church” which met in a residence on Caddo Street approximately two miles east of the present site. St. John’s was one of the four “Gospel” churches that Father Riker started.
The church was welcomed into the diocese as an organized mission at the annual church council held in February of 1961. In 1963, the church was built at the present site on a street called Pecusa (for Protestant Episcopal Church, U.S.A.), which later became a part of the Parkfield Drive extension. The church grew from about 20 people to almost 80 by the time Father Riker left in 1964. In 1981 the Reverend Seth Deleery became the first full time vicar of St. John’s. Previous vicars of St. John’s — the Reverends Cooper, Jackson, Perry and Redmond had been shared with other area churches.
In 1987 the fourth and most major structural addition to the original church building was undertaken. This last addition was completed under the leadership of the Reverend Murray Powell, who became vicar in 1984 and stayed at St. John’s until October of 1992. The Rev. Paul Taft became the 8th vicar of St. John’s in December 1992 and became St. John’s first rector when St. John’s became a parish at the annual church council held in Tyler in February of 1995.
In February 1999 the Rev. Albert R. Rodriguez accepted the call to come to St. John’s and is our current rector and the first priest St. John’s has chosen through a search committee. With Rev. Rodriguez’s guidance, the congregation built a new building behind the original church. The new sanctuary was dedicated in September, 2004 with the Rt. Rev. Don Wimberly officiating. The original building was remodeled to become our parish hall. Our parish is filled with renewed enthusiasm under the leadership of Reverend Rodriguez. We are determined to meet the new challenges placed upon us, with the Holy Spirit guiding our path.
St. John’s is one of the most active churches in Austin in its ministries. Read about our Outreach ministries.