Church of the Apostles began in the late fall of 2001, when a handful of people met together in a living room to consider starting a new church in Fairfield, CT. For the next year and a half, a core team formed and weekly gatherings began.
The Lord blessed these early days. He gave us a love for worship, a desire to hear from the Bible, a heart for prayer and mission and being filled by the Holy Spirit to impact the world. In the prayer times especially, of the Lord's presence deepened in the each of us as we took this step of faith together.
In the summer of 2003, we held two open meetings. Over 50 people came to each of these nights as we put forward the vision for a new missionary church in the Anglican tradition and with a heart to boldly reach others in the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. By summer's end, the core team knew it was time to start Sunday services.
We began meeting at McKinley Elementary School in Fairfield that September, and began a pastoral search process. In June 2004, we called Thaddeus Barnum to serve as Rector (Senior Pastor). After one year at “Saint McKinley’s”, we moved to our current worship space at Roger Ludlowe Middle School. In 2015, the Rev. Micah Thompson accepted the position of Interim Rector after nearly 10 years as youth pastor and associate rector. In June 2016, after a year of a formal search process, Apostles called the Rev. Brian Murphy, along with his wife, Tamara, to serve as Rector.
In our day, to follow Christ is to be a church that seeks to glorify Jesus Christ in loving his word, worship, mission and people. It is to devote ourselves to His worship; His Word - holding fast to the Scriptures which remain fully true; and His Mission of serving others in love and humility with acts of compassion and the good and saving news of Jesus Christ.
Over a decade later, the vision of Apostles has continued to be driven by these same principles. We are an Anglican witness to the gospel - committed to the Word, to prayer, to discipleship, and to missional outreach into our community. Our life together has been blessed and shaped by a growing and changing cast of deacons and priests, of lay leaders, worship pastors, children’s ministers and youth ministers. We continue to be both grateful and expectant of God’s work in our life together and in Fairfield and the surrounding towns and cities!