History of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
St. Stephen’s was established to fill the need created by Huntsville’s tremendous growth in the southeast. The first service was held in August 1963 in an old farmhouse with six families attending. The first church building was completed in 1964, and we qualified as a self-sufficient parish in 1966.
St. Stephen’s continued to grow, and in 1982 we added a full time associate priest whose talents complemented those of our rector.
Looking to the future, the parish of St. Stephen’s undertook an extensive building program in 1986. Our new outstanding facility completed, we responded to the needs of the community by opening a quality infant care and Christian Child Development Center (CDC).
In 2000, our growth supported the need for the expansion and renovation of the sanctuary — still in its original form. Our beautiful new sanctuary now has the capacity to accommodate up to 300 communicants, a columbarium and quiet room for private prayer or prayer for healing, and a new pipe organ that lets us truly “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”
As our physical facility has expanded and evolved, so have our parish activities. Through the years, we have participated in many different outreach projects as the need arose, expanded our youth program to include a full time youth minister, developed a music program that makes room for a variety of talents, and continued to be blessed with a powerful healing ministry. We have, and continue to encourage, the development of a personal relationship with God.