In 2013, James and Anna Swynford moved to Williamsburg with the hope of starting a gospel-driven, mission-focused Anglican church. Beginning in October 2013 we started meeting in their home for prayer, worship, and fellowship.
We opened our doors to the wider public in September 2014 when we began worshiping at Williamsburg Library. We're a multi-generational community who wants God to use us to serve the good and health of this city and region.
We trust that God will work in all sorts of ways. In our Sunday worship. In our daily life and work. And in the way we serve the Williamsburg community.
As individuals, and as a community, we strive to be:
Transformed through worship. We are formed by God through weekly Anglican worship of word and sacrament. We value the arts, both the contributions of the past and the best of our culture.
Engaged with God through the Holy Spirit. We rely on the Holy Spirit as Christ’s power in us. He is our way of daily living ‘with Christ’. We look to the Holy Spirit to heal our physical, emotional, and spiritual brokenness and to lead us into a deeper and more fruitful life with God.
Rooted in God’s grace and love. We recognize our sin and spiritual brokenness and its many effects on us and others. The way God has loved us in Christ defines and drives the reason and ways we love others.
Disciples in formation. We seek to imitate Christ and we want to help others know and imitate him also. God drives our imitation and growth in Christ. It’s a life-long journey of spiritual formation.
A mission for Williamsburg in word and action. We are good news for our town in our practical care both for one another and for our neighbor. We seek Williamsburg’s health, wholeness, and all-around flourishing
We rejoice in the Gospel. We rejoice in the gospel of God through which we have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because God first loved us, we love him and as believers bring forth fruits of love, ongoing repentance, lively hope and thanksgiving to God in all things.
We believe in the Bible. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God written and to contain all things necessary for salvation.
We submit to Christ's Lordship. We gladly proclaim and submit to the unique and universal Lordship of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, humanity’s only Saviour from sin, judgement and hell, who lived the life we could not live and died the death that we deserve. By his atoning death and glorious resurrection, he secured the redemption of all who come to him in repentance and faith.
We follow the Great Commission. We gladly accept the Great Commission of the risen Lord to make disciples of all nations, to seek those who do not know Christ and to baptize, teach and bring new believers to maturity.
We wait for Jesus' return. We rejoice at the prospect of Jesus’ coming again in glory, and while we await this final event of history, we praise him for the way he builds up his church through his Spirit by miraculously changing lives.
Belief statements taken from the "Jerusalem Declaration."
James Swynford - Pastor
James is a graduate of the College of William & Mary (go Tribe!) where he studied Political Science. During college and immediately after graduation, he worked in the government sector in Washington, DC, before teaching middle school for two years. He received his Master of Divinity from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA.
Most recently, James worked for three years in a pastor/church planting training program at The Falls Church Anglican in Falls Church, VA. He is passionate about building and pastoring a family of Christians who by the worship of their lives and their witness will reach Williamsburg and beyond with the uniquely good news of Jesus Christ.
When he isn't preparing sermons he enjoys meeting neighbors at the Kingswood Pool, playing board games with his wife, Anna, throwing a stick to their dog, Luther, and spending time with his children, Alder and Elliot.
Anna Swynford - Director of Worship and Arts
Anna, trombonist turned theologian, enjoys being able to combine her interests in music and theology as Director of Worship and Arts.
After growing up in Seattle, Anna graduated from Wheaton College outside Chicago with a degree in trombone performance. She continued graduate trombone studies at Manhattan School of Music. While James pastored on staff at The Falls Church Anglican, Anna worked in the worship department, where she planned services, conducted the choir, and led worship. In 2012 she earned a master degree in Christian history and theology from Trinity School for Ministry in PA. Before moving to Williamsburg she studied theology and music at Duke Divinity School, graduating in 2013.
Anna is passionate about the ways that worship forms us as followers of Christ and delights in introducing a wide variety of music to the congregation. She enjoys reading, experiencing the great outdoors and spending time with her daughter, Alder and son, Elliot.