MEET THE TEAM
Who we are
Here's the deal, St.George in the Pines cares about one thing more than anything else, Jesus Christ. St. George in the Pines is a family of individuals that have found hope in Jesus, and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom.
Where we come from
The first Anglican service in Banff took place in 1887, in the log cabin on Bear Street that was the National Park headquarters. By 1889 the first cornerstone of the building in its current location was established, and the parish erected a tent on the site to hold worship as construction began. Clergy in the early years of St. George's also led evening service at the Banff Springs Hotel and the Sanitarium during summer months. Year-round clergy also ministered to Anglicans living in Bankheard, the coal mining town nearby on the side of Cascade Mountain.
The Bishop of Calgary, the Right Reverend William Pinkham consecrated St. George's in June 1920, 31 years after the laying of the first cornerstone. The longest serving priest was Canon Tully Montgomery, who became rector in 1924 and with his wife Ruth served the parish for 30 years. St. George's church played a significant role in the development and shaping of Banff's community. As a place of faith, prayer, a focus for caring and fellowship, St. George-in-the-Pines offers a welcoming retreat and a place of joy and giving.
Where we're headed
What's the bottom line? More than ever, St.George in the Pines is committed to fostering a family built around hope. Hope for the future. Hope for better. Hope for progress. Hope in Jesus. And as we move forward as a church family, inclusion and belonging remain at the center of who we are as followers of Christ.
What this means for you
What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at St. George in the Pines. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the St. George family.