One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter). The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
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St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, is a member of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes (ADGL), a diocese of the Anglican Church in North America. The ADGL was formed in 2010 as an outgrowth of CANA and now numbers 47 congregations across Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, and Ohio. Our Rector, Fr. Ron Baird, has served our congregation since 1993, first as Rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Westerville, and since 2008 as Rector of St. Andrew’s. He is planning to retire at the end of 2022. Father Ron is more than a shepherd of the St. Andrew’s flock, he is a beloved member of our family and will be greatly missed.
Our congregation, similar to the world around us, is going through a generational shift. Like our current Rector, a number of our congregation’s members are now “empty nesters.” We are located in a young, affluent, growing and thriving community, in one of the nation’s most burgeoning counties and near the fastest-growing city in the Midwest. A challenge we face is the growing active lives of youth and families creating conflicting loyalties between church and outside events. It is no longer enough to provide activities for our young people. Rather, we desire to equip them with a strong faith and to empower the family as the primary place of Christian training. Four years ago, we hired an Associate Rector whose primary area of ministry is youth and family. We started to see results from his work, then the pandemic hit. We are just beginning to see some recovery.
It is our desire to engage in the adventure of building strong Christian families whose children and youth can come to a personal, saving, and transformational relationship with Jesus Christ. Biblically based and Christ-centered, St. Andrew’s celebrates our Anglican heritage with vibrant worship rooted in the rich tradition and liturgy of the Church. We are a church that lifts our voices as one to praise God in both the beautiful music of the timeless hymns, accompanied by our excellent organist and choir, and in the modern sounds of today’s top Christian praise groups, led by our talented contemporary worship band.
Our parish is somewhat unique as we represent all three streams of Anglicanism: Evangelical, Charismatic, and Sacramental. We celebrate these at three weekend services, each with a distinct style, allowing people to worship in a way that draws them closest to our Lord Jesus Christ. While these services have their own worship style, they each hold these things in common: excellence in liturgy, a relaxed atmosphere, and Bible-based preaching from the heart.
IT IS OUR DESIRE TO ENGAGE IN THE ADVENTURE OF BUILDING STRONG CHRISTIAN FAMILIES WHOSE CHILDREN AND YOUTH CAN COME TO A PERSONAL, SAVING, AND TRANSFORMATIONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST.
Prior to 2020, we averaged a combined 160 attendees at our three weekend services, and we had begun to offer our 11:15 am service online. While the church was closed during the pandemic (March 2020 – June 2020), we offered live online services at 11:15 am. Upon resumption of in-person services, we began to offer the 9:00 am service online as well. Our current average Sunday attendance is 122. In addition, St. Andrew’s provided drive-through Communion during much of the pandemic period. We currently have 266 individuals as members including children. As we explain in this profile, we remain fully confident that our church is poised to enter a new and exciting period of renewal and growth. We are prepared to partner with the Holy Spirit and our new Rector in the next generation of our life as a congregation.
While the majority of parishioners are Caucasian, ethnic diversity within the congregation is important. Over the past several years we have welcomed families from the African and Indian communities who have ties to Anglicanism. Our area has seen a recent growth in the number of African and Indian immigrants, and it is important for us to provide a welcoming environment for them to worship. It is interesting to note that the Anglican Communion now has more global south members than does Great Britain.
Our church building sits on 16+ acres with several out-buildings and a converted residence now used for offices and meetings. Our church building has a sanctuary, sacristy, gathering space, kitchen, three classrooms, nursery, choir room, and vesting room.
Come and See Our Community
Lewis Center, Ohio, where our parish is located, is a beautiful unincorporated community in Orange Township, Delaware County. It is part of the Olentangy Local School District, one of the highest scoring and largest school districts in the state. While it maintains the feel of a small community, it is a growing business and retail hub in the greater Columbus metropolitan area. Based on data from federal agencies and the Brookings Institution, Delaware County is one of the 10 fastest-growing exurbs in the United States. Indeed, the population in our area has increased by more than 210% since 1990. County officials estimate our population will continue growing from its current total of 217,093 to 271,351 by 2040.
With a population of just under 1 million people, the city of Columbus is the 14th largest in the nation and one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas both in the Midwest and nationwide (U.S. Census Bureau data). The Columbus metro area has grown by 12.2% over the past 10 years, and now has an estimated population of 2,138,946. Columbus officials expect more than a million people to move to central Ohio over the course of the next 20 to 25 years. This is not surprising as Niche.com reports Columbus is one of the Best Cities for Young Professionals, while also offering one of the lowest costs of living in America.
A mix of government, business and industry provides economic stability and growth for the Columbus area. The city is home to the headquarters of five corporations in the U.S. Fortune 500: Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, American Electric Power, L Brands, Big Lots, and Cardinal Health. Other national and regional companies headquartered in the area include Wendy’s, Donatos Pizza, Bob Evans, White Castle, Red Roof Inn, Rogue Fitness, and Safelite.
In addition to Lewis Center, there are several other energetic and growing suburbs in the northern Columbus area. These include Dublin and Powell, both to our west, and Westerville and New Albany, both to our east. These areas have an abundance of excellent housing, restaurants, shopping, schools, golf courses and civic amenities, and at the same time feature spacious wooded areas and parks, including Alum Creek State Park, a 3,300-acre lake managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which features a campground, boating, water-skiing, paddle boats, fishing, and a swimming beach. Other major attractions in the area include the nationally recognized Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the Zoombezi Bay water park, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), the Franklin Park Conservatory, and the Columbus Museum of Art.
Health care in the central Ohio area is exceptional with three major health systems, including the Ohio State University Hospital which was ranked #2 behind the Cleveland Clinic by US News and World Report.
The Ohio State University brings a strong intellectual and cultural base to the city, with a total undergraduate enrollment of 46,984 (fall 2020) on a 1,665-acre campus. Much more than a “football school,” Ohio State’s ranking in the 2022 edition of U.S. News’ Best Colleges and National Universities is #49. Ohio State also has internationally renowned graduate and professional programs in business, law, medicine, and many other academic disciplines. It draws some of the best and brightest students both locally and from around the world, and it serves as a recession-proof economic engine for our region. The Columbus area is dense with opportunities for higher education with over 15 institutions.
The city’s sports teams include the Columbus Crew SC of Major League Soccer, the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League, the Columbus Clippers (the triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians formerly the Indians) baseball team, and, of course, The Ohio State University Buckeyes, one of the most competitive programs in NCAA Division I football. Columbus is also home to the IFBB Arnold Sports Festival and the All-American Quarter Horse Congress.
Come and See Our Schools
The Olentangy Local School District, located in southern Delaware County, covers 95 square miles and is one of the fastest-growing districts in Ohio and the nation. Current enrollment is 22,923, making it the fourth-largest district in Ohio. There are four high schools, five middle schools, and 16 elementary schools in the district.
Most of the district is in Delaware County with a small, southern portion in Franklin County. The district serves all or part of numerous municipalities including Orange Township, where St. Andrew’s is located. In addition to traditional education, the district offers Olentangy Academy, which includes a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program, OASIS, a unique, student-centered educational program for families who are looking for a different option than the traditional school setting, and the Academy for Community Transition (ACT), which is designed to help students with special needs prepare for life after graduation.
Beyond Olentangy Local School District, and within 20 minutes of the church, there are a myriad of other educational opportunities, both public and private. Websites are provided in the resources section of this profile so that you may learn more about those opportunities.
Come and See What is important to St. Andrew’s Here
The faith background of our church family is diverse, with members born and raised in the Anglican faith, others from Roman Catholic, Protestant, and other Christian backgrounds, and still others who are just beginning their walk with Christ. In our search for a new Rector, it was important for us to gain insight into what the parish family saw as the current strengths and opportunities for our future. In the fall of 2021, we held small group meetings and conducted a survey with members participating in multiple media formats.
Several items were important to us:
- The Anglican style of worship
- A Rector who will be in relationship with the parish
- A Rector who is Christ-focused and preaches from the heart with a passion for Christ
There were several items that members wanted to focus on for the future, especially:
- Community Outreach
Come and See How we Worship
At St. Andrew’s, we are Anglicans who love the beauty and tradition that comes with the sacred and ancient liturgy of the Anglican church. Our congregation’s worship styles are diverse, and we offer an opportunity for all to participate as they are most comfortable. All services are grounded in the same beliefs of preaching the word through scripture readings, Christ-centered sermons, prayer, music, and receiving of the body and blood of our Lord and Savior.
- Saturday Evening Eucharist – contemplative service with organ accompaniment.
- Sunday Morning 9:00 am traditional spoken Eucharist with organ, choir, and occasional instrumentalists and bell choir. This service is offered both as in-person and live online worship.
- Sunday Morning 11:15 am modern Eucharist with praise music and contemporary worship band. This service is offered both as in-person and live online worship.
- Midweek Service prayer service.
- Prayer teams were providing healing prayer and anointing of oil at the 9:00 am and 11:15 am services, however, have been suspended during the time of COVID.
Many consider music to be another form of prayer and at St. Andrew’s we offer many opportunities for members to express their faith through music:
- Traditional Hymns – presented by our talented and accomplished organist and choir.
- Instrumentalists and Soloists – we are blessed with members who have amazing musical gifts in strings, horns, and vocals and are willing to share these gifts with us.
- Handbell Choir – our bell choir enhances our worship by presenting traditional and contemporary arrangements during various services throughout the year.
- Calling of Levi – is our praise band. In addition to leading the contemporary worship at 11:15am Sunday mornings, Calling of Levi has blessed the community with their gifts participating in numerous festivals and band performances.
At St. Andrew’s, we unconditionally believe that worship takes place in many settings and is not limited to a sanctuary. We have many opportunities for our family to worship together as we journey and grow in our faith:
- Adult Education – On Sunday mornings a biblically based time of growth is offered and led by one of the clergy.
- Lenten Study – During the season of Lent we gather weekly to break bread, worship, and study together as a family. This time includes opportunities for adults, youth, and children to worship and study God’s Word.
- Godly Play – Children from toddlers through fifth grade gather every Sunday morning to worship together using Godly Play, a Montessori-based approach to Christian education. In Godly Play we provide an opportunity for each child to come to a personal relationship with Christ. Using sacred stories from the Old Testament, the parables of Jesus, and the liturgy of our church, children grow up learning how to listen for His voice and worship God in a way most meaningful for them.
- Rubicon Youth – The youth of St. Andrew’s are an integral part of the parish family, worshipping and serving the Lord through ministry and outreach. The youth continue to learn to hear the Lord and become more Christ like through discipleship and fellowship.
- Small Groups – We strongly believe that ministry happens in small groups and St. Andrew’s offers a number of opportunities for us to gather and worship in smaller communities. We have over a dozen small groups that allow us to connect with and encourage one another while we strengthen our faith. Some of these include a local chapter of The Brotherhood of St. Andrew, and a chapter of the Daughters of the Holy Cross. Additionally, we have a Keepers of the Flame men’s group, a women’s Bible study group, a local Alpha small group and many other Bible study and fellowship groups.
Come and See Who is serving the Lord at St. Andrew’s
Rector (Full Time):
Fr. Ron Baird (retiring 12/31/2022)
Associate Rector for Youth and Family Life (Full Time):
Fr. Shane Tucker
Director of Membership and Communications (Full Time):
Judy Baird (retiring 12/31/2022)
Director of Christian Formation (Part Time):
Business Manager (Part Time):
Minister of Music (Part Time):
Director of Choirs (Part Time):
Fr. Wil Verhoff (retired)
Fr. Ernie Tracy (retired)
Rev. Becky Spanos (retired)
In addition to the staff, the membership of St. Andrew’s is committed to serving the Lord, with over 30 different lay-led ministries and mission organizations.
Come and See How we share the love of Christ
“Go in peace to love and serve the Lord” is more than a dismissal, it is a charge for how we are to live our lives. At St. Andrew’s we have many opportunities for our family to honor this instruction, which we consider to be an essential part of our faith and our lives as Christians. St. Andrew’s serves others locally, within the US, and internationally, treating our neighbors with respect and humanity while responding to their needs, and bringing them one step closer to Christ. We aim to provide radical hospitality to a world that needs it today as much as ever.
Close to home we answer Christ’s call to donate time, monetary resources, and goods to several local charitable organizations who help families in need with food, clothing, housing, and other support services. Some of these organizations are Westerville Area Regional Ministry (WARM), Common Ground Free Store, and the Delaware/Union County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. Our church and its membership groups are also involved in ministries which support women and children such as the Pregnancy Decision Health Center, Kairos at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, Out of Darkness, and the Delaware public schools. The need to assist seniors in our community is a passion for many of our members. We have established a relationship with the Inn at Bear Trail, a local assisted living facility, where we have celebrated Easter Eucharist, members of our music ministry have shared their gifts, and our prayer warriors have prayed with residents.
The past two years have been a difficult time for many. In 2020 we launched a simple yet impactful Blessing Box ministry. The number of people facing food insecurity and hunger in our area has grown dramatically because of COVID-19, so St. Andrew’s responded to this need by installing a Blessing Box in our parking lot to help anyone who might be experiencing the need for food. This ministry demonstrates our commitment to listening to Christ’s call and developing creative solutions to help others, even during the most challenging of times.
Our largest on-site outreach event is our annual Harvest Festival, a day of fun and fall festivity, with free music and children’s activities. This growing event provides a great opportunity to enjoy the fellowship of our parish family while working side by side in service to our community, and in witness to the love of Christ. Additionally, neighborhood children join kids from St. Andrew’s for our annual Easter Egg Hunt, and traditionally we’ve made a splash with our 4th of July water bottle brigade, passing out free water, affording us another opportunity to witness to the generous love of Jesus, who provides the “living water” of eternal life.
Further from home, we support numerous ministries that share the Good News throughout the United States and abroad, including Operation Christmas Child, the “shoebox ministry”; the Anglican Relief and Development Fund; and “Stand for Truth,” a ministry led by former Ohio State linebacker Joel Penton that is reaching thousands of students in public middle and senior high schools across the country with the Gospel message. Often in a quiet and humble manner of service, members of our parish have participated in mission trips to India, Africa, Central America and in the United States, providing us with opportunities to contribute to the areas of the world we serve. And we continue our relationship with several missionary families who are carrying the love of Christ into countries where the Gospel has not yet been widely spread, including East Asia and the Middle East.
Come and See Our Stewardship
ST. ANDREW’S REVENUE & EXPENSES
- Staff – All positions full-time and part-time, including salaries and benefits
- Operations – Office expenses, utilities, building and grounds
- Ministry – All internal ministries (worship, adult, youth, children)
- Outreach – Charitable giving and Diocesan support
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church
Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes: www.adgl.us
Anglican Church in North America: anglicanchurch.net
Lewis Center Statistics: www.neighborhoodscout.com/oh/lewis-center
Columbus Area attractions: www.experiencecolumbus.com
Public Schools within 20 minutes of St. Andrew’s
Olentangy Local School District: www.olentangy.k12.oh.us
Olentangy Academy (STEM program; OASIS online school; and ACT):
Worthington Schools: www.worthington.k12.oh.us
Westerville City School District: www.westerville.k12.oh.us
Dublin City Schools: www.dublinschools.net
Big Walnut Local Schools: www.bwls.net
Delaware City Schools: www.dcs.k12.oh.us
Private Christian schools within 20 minutes of St. Andrew’s
Worthington Christian Schools (K-12): www.worthingtonchristian.com
Delaware Christian School (K-12): www.dcschool.org
Northside Christian School (K-12): www.ncslions.org
Genoa Christian Academy (K-12): www.genoachristianacademy.org
Tree of Life Christian School (K-12): www.tolcs.org
Roman Catholic Diocese Schools (K-12) education.columbuscatholic.org – these schools readily accept non-Catholic students.
Veritas Academy (5-12), with unique college-like class offerings:
Linworth Homeschool Ministry, a home-school parent co-op in Worthington that meets twice a month: www.homeschool-life.com/367
Classical Conversations, a classical Christian Community home-school organization with several locations in the north Columbus metro area:
Heritage Builders Academy, home-school parent co-op in Westerville:
Ohio Online Schools
Ohio Virtual Academy: ohva.k12.com
Virtual Community School of Ohio: www.vcslearn.org
Colleges and Universities in the area
Ready to apply?
St. Andrew’s is a loving community that cares for and supports each other. We are ready for new adventures in our spiritual journey and are eager to welcome a Rector who will grow as part of our family. We seek a Rector who will actively participate, shepherd, and challenge us as we worship and serve the Lord we love.
19“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”