ST. DAVID OF THE HILLS HISTORY
St. David of the Hills Episcopal Church resulted from a combining of two groups of Episcopalians in the Woodland Park area. One group consisted of local Episcopalians who wanted to start a diocesan mission in Woodland Park. The other group was The Community of Celebration with their Fisherfolk music ministry, organized in Houston, Texas in 1964 as part of a renewal movement in the Episcopal Church. In 1975 The Community moved to the Thunderbird Ranch, a summer camp of Grace Episcopal Church in Colorado Springs (and now a subdivision). Both groups were urged by Colorado’s Bishop William C. Frey to come together as one Episcopal presence. On June 3, 1979 services for all local Episcopalians were held at the Grace Church Camp. The name chosen for the new mission in a contest was St. David of the Hills.
In the summer of 1986 the Community of Celebration disbanded at the Church Camp and most members left the area. St. David’s Mission continued to hold services at the Church Camp and became a parochial mission of Grace Church in January, 1988. Fr. Ernest Priest who had been with St. David’s from its inception transferred to the St. Francis Center in Denver. St. David’s continued to be served by supply and interim priests appointed by Grace Church.
In December 1989 when Grace Church put the 200-acre Church Camp property on the market, St. David’s Mission moved to a small rental building at 108 N. Park Street in Woodland Park where services were held for 10 years. St. David’s celebrated parish status in October, 1997. In (October 2002) St. David’s purchased a 3-bedroom home with a commanding view of Pikes Peak at 36 Edlowe Road at the junction of Highway 24, just west of Woodland Park. It became a parish wide effort to transform this building into a lovely place of worship. St. David’s continues to be blessed with a strong lay leadership and dedicated supply priests and committed to our Mission Statement: A Worshiping Community, Seeking to Know Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Striving to make his love Known.
By Jane Lass