“A SIGN IN A SHOP WINDOW”
St David of the Hills, Episcopal Church of Woodland Park Colorado, began in nineteen seventy-nine as a mission church. A letter from then Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado, the Right Reverend William C. Frey, to Mr. Tom Nelson of Colorado Springs, dated 8 March 1979 began:
“Father Hewitt has shared with me your interest in the possibility of forming a mission congregation in Woodland Park. I confess I was grateful to have the information, since I had seen while passing through Woodland Park in November, a sign in a shop window urging Episcopalians to call a given phone number. Not knowing what it was about, I was naturally curious.”
Tom Nelson replied to Bishop Frey’s letter on April 10, 1979:
“…On the evening of April 4th, I had a fruitful meeting with several of the families and individuals interested in starting the Mission. The outcome of the meeting was the need of a leader, preferably a Priest… I have been in communication with a retired Priest in this area and at present, have a tentative promise from one to preside at the Easter morning service and give Communion. I am looking forward to at least 50 to attend this service. Please let me hear from you. Sincerely yours in Christ, Thomas Nelson, Jr.”
Five days later on Easter Sunday, April 15, 1979, forty-two worshipers, including a number of children, gathered at the home of Albert and Patricia Maidt in Woodland Park for Easter services and with Father Giffin celebrated Holy Communion.
An article titled “Episcopalians form Church” published in the Ute Pass Courier of June 29, 1979, chronicled the next step in the church’s birth.
“Colorado Episcopal Bishop William Frey met Wednesday, June 20, with local Episcopalians to discuss a proposed mission in Woodland Park…. he wanted the new mission to be “unique among missions in Colorado and one that could be used as an example for other missions.” It would be a “corporate ministry” in which the members would do much of the ministering themselves, performing duties such as visiting the sick, calling upon new members, serving as lay readers and forming active committees. Services and Holy Eucharist are observed at 10 a.m. each Sunday at the recreation hall of Grace church Camp, located at 300 S. Baldwin St. in Woodland Park.
By August 1979, church services were being held in the family building of the Community of Celebration, adjacent to the Woodland Park Schools at the corner of Baldwin Avenue and Pikes Peak Street. A ‘corporate vicar’ of four persons were appointed to represent the Bishop and have responsibility for the ministry at St. David.
Father Ernest Priest was appointed by the Bishop to be the presiding priest for 1979, but the church membership never grew large enough to support a full-time rector.
By February 1990 the church had moved again, this time to 108 North Park Street in downtown Woodland Park.
In 2000, the vestry purchased the present sanctuary, a converted ranch style home located at 36 Edlowe Road, in the Catamount area of Teller County, just off Highway 24. Renovations commenced in 2000 and continuing into 2003, converting the residence into a sanctuary, offices and a kitchen-meeting room area.
Reverends Myrna Bevens and Dr. Winifred L. Mitchell, two ordained Episcopal priests share the pulpit on alternating Sundays, supplemented by lay readers when the priest’s schedules take them away from St David.
In 2018, the vestry authorized the design of steeples to be added to the low-profile building to give the former residential property the look of a church as seen from Highway 24. The steeple project is currently seeking a general contractor to undertake the remodel to the existing profile of the church, adding a large steeple with bell tower, at the main entrance to the sanctuary, and a smaller one the west entrance.