Diocese of North Carolina Announces Property Sale of Former St. Christopher’s, Garner
The Diocese of North Carolina announces that the property of the former St. Christopher’s, Garner, has been listed for sale. Foundry Commercial Properties is handling the sale.
St. Christopher’s closed in April 2022 following an 18-month process of congregational discernment involving both the vestry and congregation. Founded in 1959, St. Christopher’s was known as a spiritual home to Episcopalians in southeast Wake county “from all walks of life and all corners of the globe.” The Garner property was the congregation’s home from 1971 until its closing.
The leadership team at St. Christopher’s worked with the congregation and with members of the Rt. Rev. Sam Rodman’s, bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, staff to engage in a process of discernment and reflection beginning in late 2020. The decision to close was initiated by the vestry earlier this year, and the final worship service for St. Christopher’s took place at the church on Sunday, April 3, 2022. The closing will be formalized at the 207th Annual Convention of the Diocese of North Carolina, taking place November 18-19, 2022.
Throughout this process, the vestry, treasurer and wardens of St. Christopher’s have been working in partnership with the Diocese. We are grateful for their efforts, for undertaking the substantial administrative work to close the congregation, and for their courage and faithfulness to discern this path. Funds from the property’s sale will contribute to diocesan ministry, and a discernment process is beginning on new missional opportunities in Garner and southeast Wake county.
The legacy of St. Christopher’s lives on in the contributions the congregation made to the Garner community and to the lives of its members over the years . It will be remembered as a place of welcome and hospitality, a community where deep connections with God and God’s people were formed and nurtured.