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Our history

Our history

The Church of the Resurrection opened in an Alexandria high school in 1964 and held its first service in the present building on Beauregard Street in 1966. We became a self sustaining parish in 1972. The Rev. James Green was our first rector.

During ensuing years the neighborhood around the church has changed from a largely residential area to a multi cultural community that includes condos and high rise apartments. Resurrection parishioners reflect these changes.

During its 51 years of existence Resurrection has had only three Rectors. Our current Rector is the Rev. Jo J. Belser.

In recent years three other independent congregations have begun to share our space. Iglesia Nueva Vida, a Pentacostal congregation, worships in our sanctuary on Sunday afternoons. Bethel Church, an Ethiopian Evangelical Church, worships on Sunday and Tuesday evenings. Power Ministries is a Pentecostal congregation whose members worship here from 9 to 11 pm on Thursday and Sunday nights.

The Church of the Resurrection has a long history of supporting social justice in the community of Alexandria and in the Diocese. We have helped to provide adequate housing and food for low income people. We have helped to ensure that all people are welcomed and fully included in all aspects of our Christian life together.