2011-02-25 / On Second Thought

Saint Martin’s was founded by four churches

By Sarah Graydon McCrory, Charter member of Saint Martin’s and long time activist.

Thank you for the article about Saint Martin’s.

Saint Martin’s in the Fields was founded by the four churches then in the Columbia area: Saint Timothy’s, Saint John’s, Good Shepherd, and Trinity. Bishop John Gravett included clergy and lay representatives from all neighboring Episcopal churches in his planning and each of the four churches contributed members and money for the founding of the new church on Clemson Avenue. So it is inaccurate to say Saint Martin’s was “started under the auspices of Trinity Church.”

In addition to strong lay leadership from 1950 to date, Saint Martin’s has had four great rectors: William A. Thompson, Henry C. Barton, James Abbott, and Michael Bullock.

And now the parish has its first female rector.

Many of your readers will think correcting this tiny bit of history is ridiculous, but I, like one of your founders, Warner Montgomery, believe that accurate history is important.

Editor’s note: For the sake of accuracy, Miller Montgomery was one of the founders of The Columbia Star (The Star Reporter) in 1963, not Warner Montgomery, his son.

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