In 1964, the Department of Mission of the Diocese of Southern Virginia realized the eventual growth in our area of Chesterfield County. The diocese purchased five acres of land, where we are currently located.
On February 5, 1967, twelve people met for Evening Prayer at the Chesterfield Community Center, just down the road from our current site. This was the beginning of St. David’s. Services were held at that location until 1972, when the first service was held in the new building on our property. St. David’s was part of a mission cure with the Church of our Saviour. Our first vicar was the Rev. William Christian.
St. David’s continued to grow under the leadership of Dr. Christian. In 1974 the mission cure was dissolved and St. David’s called The Rev. Peter Hogg as its vicar. Our parish expanded its physical plant twice in the 70’s—first for Sunday School rooms and then for a Fellowship 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.
In 1980 St. David’s called the Rev. Mike Murphy as its new vicar. The 80s 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 Rev. Murphy to be our first rector. The size of the nave was soon doubled from its original size. The Right Reverend C. Charles Vache' helped us dedicate our expanded nave on St. David's Day in 1987.
During the first quarter of 1991, The Rev. 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. David’s 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. David’s. 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.
In February of 2017 we joyfully celebrated our 50th year as a congregation.
We look forward to the next chapter in our history!