Nesmith appointed to St. Peter’s Anglican
The Rt. Rev. Michael Nesmith, STM, D.D, has been called to serve as the priest in charge at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, of Waynesville. The Rev. Nesmith, his wife, Kathy, and their son, Christopher, reside in the Iron Duff community.
Nesmith holds undergraduate degrees in management and business (ASM and BSBA) from Thomas Edison College as well as Masters in Sacred Theology (STM) from Agape Seminary, and Doctorate in Divinity (D.Div) from St. Michael’s College.
Saint Peter’s Anglican Church is a mission church of the Anglican Province of America and meets at 1608 Sulphur Springs Road, Waynesville next to Forga Rentals. St. Peter’s celebrates Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Sunday, and special services as are announced.
St. Peter’s Anglican Church was formed in 1995, as a mission of the Anglican Church in America’s Diocese of the Eastern U.S. The first Vicar was the Rev. Dr James Lipsey.
On July 1, 2005, Fr. Gary A. Marshall was appointed Vicar of St. Peter’s by the Right Rev. Louis Campese, Bishop of the Diocese of the Eastern U. S. The mission relocated from its previous worship site in Canton to the Frog Level district in Waynesville. The site for worship was in a building designated as a National Historic Landmark, at 313 Depot St., on the banks of Richland Creek. Once renovations to the building were completed, the dedication service was held April 30, 2006. On June 1, 2009, Fr. Samuel Edwards became the third Vicar of Saint Peter’s.
The Depot Street location was sold in November 2009. The current worship site is at 1608 Sulphur Springs Road, in Waynesville.
In January 2011, St Peter’s moved from the Anglican Church in America to the Anglican Province of America and became part of the Diocese of Appalachia under the guidance of the Dean of Appalachia, The Very Rev. John Lathrop. It came under the care of All Saints Anglican Church, in Mills River, and its Rector, Rev. William A. S. Martin. From January to September 2011, Fr. Paul Blankinship was the supply priest for St. Peter’s. In December 2012, the Rt. Rev Michael Nesmith was called to serve as priest in charge.
Anglicans trace their history back to the early church and to the Bible itself. An Anglican is a Reformed Catholic Christian — one who holds to the evangelical faith and catholic order of the church, as received through the Church of England.
Anglican life is built on the Bible and the Sacraments of the Church. As such, the church proclaims the whole Gospel (including the parts that make us uncomfortable) as the good news of God’s grace for all people, who need his mercy made available through Jesus Christ — that is, all of us. Members and clergy are sacramental with Baptism and the Eucharist (also known as Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper or the Mass) being the principal Sacraments. Apart from a common basis in scripture, the sacraments and the creeds, the Anglican Church is held together by the historic three-fold order of ministry — bishops, priests and deacons.
For more information about Saint Peter’s Church, visit www.stpetersanglicanchurch.net or call 926-9794 or 627-6683.