Our History

Beginning in October 1979, a small group, along with the Reverend John C. Cochrane, met weekly in private homes to share Bible study and celebrate the Eucharist in Union Township. Holding fast to the vision of developing an Episcopal presence in this fast-growing suburb of Cincinnati, the sense of community and fellowship blossomed, and by the spring of 1980, the Union Township Episcopal Fellowship was meeting regularly on Sunday afternoons at the Faith Community United Methodist Church.

In 1980, the faithful group searched for a site to hold its weekly services and found a home in the cafeteria of Adena Elementary School, affectionately known to worshippers as Saint Adena's. The congregation later decided on the name Saint Anne. On Sunday mornings, the faithful arrived bright and early to prepare the worship space. Christian Education was held in the hallways, and there was always time for fellowship and coffee following the service. In 1986, St. Anne was accepted as a parish in full communion with the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio.

The Holy Spirit continued to work as we increased in membership and grew in parish and outreach ministries. The congregation prayerfully sought to establish a permanent home in the community and soon erected a sign along Tylersville Road proudly proclaiming, “Future Home of Saint Anne Episcopal Church.” By Maundy Thursday of 1989, services were being held in the building’s Community Room, and the Dedication and Consecration of our spiritual home was celebrated on Sunday, September 17, 1989. From the early ‘90's to the present, West Chester and adjoining areas have experienced outstanding growth, and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, St. Anne has continued to flourish. One of our greatest strengths has always been our youth, and it soon became evident that additional space was needed to provide for our ever-expanding Christian Education programs. In 2001, we were privileged to dedicate our new Church School building.


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