The Episcopal Church of the Nativity began as a mission in the 1990s. Local Episcopal families here in St. Lucie County petitioned the diocese of Central Florida to begin to plant a Church.
1996 – Nativity began in a home located on Nativity Terrace as an evangelistic outreach ministry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Fort Pierce, Florida, due to rapid growth in nearby Port Saint Lucie. Father Tom Raezer was appointed Vicar by Bishop Howe. The first Vestry was appointed and services began in parishioners’ homes. There were 11 to 13 families in the congregation.
1997 – Father Paul Wolfe was appointed Vicar by Bishop Howe. An anonymous donor paid for the five acres of land. The congregation grew to 25 families and began to meet at the nearby Polish American Club. Groundbreaking began for the Church of the Nativity on Del Rio Boulevard. A sanctuary, small kitchen, Sunday School room, bathrooms and office space were built.
1998 – Dedication & Consecration of Nativity was held. Later that year, the Outdoor Chapel and Memorial Garden were dedicated.
2001 – Two new Sunday School classrooms and a small parish hall were added.
2005 – Nativity was financially independent and became a fully independent Parish. Services were held at 7:30 AM and 10:00 AM. Later that year, a 9:00 AM Children’s service was added.
2007 – Groundbreaking and dedication of Wolfe Hall was held, with Bishop Howe officiating. Due to illness, Father Paul Wolfe retired.
2008 – Reverend Mary Rosendahl was hired as Rector and was installed by Bishop Howe. Under her leadership, the Church continued to grow and thrive. New ministries were formed.
2011 – Stained glass windows depicting the Nativity scene were added.
2018 – Reverend Mary Rosendahl retired. In October, a Search Committee began the process of selecting a new Rector.
2019- Mother Tracy Dugger accepted the call to become our next rector and began her ministry with us in October of 2019
2020- With Covid 19 our Church underwent rapid change. Switching to meet digitally online primarily at first, before resuming our in person services. We continue to offer in person services at 7:30, 9:00, and 10:30.
From here we hope to continue to grow our partnerships within St. Lucie County. We hope to continue as we began, a missionary outreach to connect more people with the love of Christ and a community to support them in faith.