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The History of Saint David's Episcopal Church

The expansion of Richmondís suburbs into Chesterfield County provided the impetus for the founding of St. David's. In 1967, a small group of parishioners from a neighboring parish began meeting in a local community association building. In 1972, the Diocese purchased the nearby property that serves as the present site of St. Davidís. Also that same year, the first portion of our building was erected for our growing faith community.

St. Davidís continued to grow under the direction of supply clergy and a vicar in the 70s. Our parish expanded its physical plant twice in the late 70ísófirst for Sunday School rooms and then for a Parish Hall, now used as a classroom. Taking advantage of the new space, an outreach program, in the form of St. David's Nursery School, began in September 1979.

The 1980s were years of spiritual growth for the parish with a Faith Alive Weekend in 1983 and with members of the congregation participating in Cursillo within the Diocese. These were also years of physical growth, both in membership and facility. We rejoiced as we became a parish at the Diocesan Council in February 1984. Immediately thereafter, our Vestry called the Reverend Michael R. Murphy, vicar at the time, to be our Rector. The size of the nave was soon doubled from its original size, and the Right Reverend C. Charles Vache' helped us dedicate our new nave on St. David's Day in 1987.

During the first quarter of 1991, the Reverend Karen Walters was called to be our rector. The first full-time female rector in the Diocese of Southern Virginia, she served for five years during which time the parish continued to grow in membership.

In the summer of 1996, the Reverend Walters left the parish, and the Reverend Theodore W. Johnson was named to serve as our Interim Rector. This interim period was extended, putting the search on hold, to enable the parish to explore steps in transition to a program parish under the guidance of the Reverend Johnson.

In early 1999, the Vestry decided to resume the search for a permanent priest, and a search committee was commissioned. This led to the call of the Reverend Phillip R. Glick as Rector in January 2001. His tenure was interrupted in 2004 by a call to active duty as an Army chaplain in Afghanistan.

Upon the return of Father Phil at the end of 2004 St. Davidís once again explored its future and members decided to expand the facilities as a precursor to future growth. In 2007, the Right Reverend Heath Light dedicated the new parish hall. With the parish poised for growth, the Reverend Glick was again called to active duty, this time in Iraq. With at least a fifteen-month tour of duty in front of him, Father Phil prayerfully elected to leave his position at St. Davidís. The Reverend Frederick Willis guided us through a two-year interim period, during which time we identified core values and underwent a search process.

In December 2010, we joyfully called the Rev. Elizabeth Felicetti as our new Rector. Pastor Elizabeth began her ministry with us on February 1, 2011, and our diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Holly Hollerith, led us in a Celebration of New Ministry on February 27. We look forward to the next chapter in our history!

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