Saturday, September 1, 2018

Lakeland’s St. David’s Episcopal to merge with St. Stephen’s

From Central Florida-

St. David’s Episcopal Church will hold its final service on Sept. 16, putting to bed a history stretching 65 years.

The church, at 145 E. Edgewood Drive in Lakeland, is merging with St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on County Road 540A in the Lakeland Highlands community. St. David’s rector, the Rev. Robert Moses, will assume assistant rector status at the new location.

He expects as many as 70 parishioners to follow him to St. Stephen’s, which has seen average Sunday attendance dwindle to about 120.

The St. David’s property of nearly 2 acres won’t stay empty for long. Redemption Church of Lakeland, which is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, is purchasing the property for $1.85 million, according to its lead pastor, the Rev. Brannen Padgett.

He said his church, formed over two years ago, has outgrown its rental space at the RP Funding Center.

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