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In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, welcome to the Church of the Redeemer!
We are an Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Southwest Florida and a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We are a growing parish of more than 2,000 people, and we invite you to take your place in this eucharistically-centered Christian community …[Read More]

The Church of the Redeemer is a traditional Episcopal church that has been a part of the Sarasota, Florida community for over a century. Located in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown, Redeemer is the mother parish of all other Episcopal churches in the area, and is well known for the beauty of its liturgy, excellent music program, …[Read More]

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222 South Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Phone: 941.955.4263
Fax: 941.365.1379
Email: cor@redeemersarasota.org

You are invited to “take your place” in the life and worship of our Lord Jesus Christ in this growing parish family! Opportunities for ministry abound. Click here for a list of ministries and opportunities.

Membership God is at work among us, and He is calling many to join this great and growing parish family. It is easy to take your place as member of the Church of the Redeemer: · If you have been baptized with water in the Name of the Holy Trinity, simply call or email a …[Read More]

Who We Are

The Church of the Redeemer is a traditional Episcopal church that has been a part of the Sarasota, Florida community for over a century. Located in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown, Redeemer is the mother parish of all other Episcopal churches in the area, and is well known for the beauty of its liturgy, excellent music program, ministry to families and outstanding work in missions and outreach. Redeemer is part of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, in the Episcopal Church in the United States, and is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

The Very Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson has been Redeemer’s Rector for 22 years, providing a rare stability and continuity to pastoral leadership in a parish. His Associate Rector, the Rev. Richard C. Marsden has been with the parish for 20 years, and Redeemer employs two other full time priests, as well as a full-time priest in charge of the church’s growing Hispanic Ministry.

Founded in the1880s by a group of Scottish Episcopalians who settled in Sarasota, the church was officially recognized in 1904 and was given parish status in 1934. Col. J. Hamilton Gillespie, the first mayor of Sarasota and founder of the area’s first public library, was a deacon and one of the church’s earliest leaders. The congregation quickly grew and, in 1950, moved to the bay front location it still occupies today.

Hundreds of travelers and non-parishioners visit Redeemer’s stunning campus every year, from all across the globe. The tall trees, flower-lined pathways and gardens offer a respite from the Florida sun, and many people enjoy the serenity of the St. Francis Garden as they visit the downtown area. The great Bell Tower extends sixty-five feet above the ground and stands as a permanent offering of glory to Almighty God. Housed within it are five bronze bells, which, day by day, call the people of Sarasota to the worship of God. Both the exterior of the church and the interior are beautifully embellished with artwork ranging from mosaics to great paintings and a thirty-foot icon painted by world-renowned religious iconographer and Romanian Orthodox Nun Sister Eliseea Papacioc. In 1976, President Gerald Ford attended mass at Redeemer during America’s centennial celebration. In 2013, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton, preached during the Ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests of David Stuart Bumsted and Charleston David Wilson, both of whom became members of Redeemer’s clergy.

The Church of the Redeemer has more than 2,000 members and is a eucharistically-centered Christian community which serves God by preaching the Gospel, teaching faith, administering sacraments and making disciples. Year-round, there are hundreds of opportunities for parishioners to be vitally connected to each other, the parish, the clergy, their faith, and in service to the community. Fellowship abounds in prayer gatherings, book clubs, needlepoint groups, and many more offerings. Adult education opportunities include weekly classes and study groups, seminars and courses on history, the Bible, and other great writings, and Redeemer frequently hosts noted theologians, preachers and speakers from around the globe.

Offerings for children, youth and families are no less robust, with a variety of programs and ongoing activities for all ages. During the school year, the church hosts LOGOS, a weekly opportunity for students to learn about faith in a fun environment. Redeemer is also home to an active and popular Episcopal Youth Community program, which gives youth in grades six through twelve a chance to enjoy activities and learn together under the guidance of the church’s Youth Minister. Redeemer youth also travel frequently on mission trips, working to improve the lives of others, and they also volunteer their time and talent in their own community.

Through a plethora of missions and outreach programs, Redeemer serves those in need locally and globally, and offers opportunities for the unchurched to learn about Christ in a multitude of ways. For 18 continuous years, Redeemer has led an early morning Good Friday pilgrimage down the City’s eight-block Main Street. The pilgrimage began in 1996 with just a few men from Redeemer walking the Stations of the Cross; this year, over 600 participants from area churches of all denominations and members of the general community joined in observing this celebration of the Passion of Jesus Christ.

In 1990, Redeemer joined other local churches and established Resurrection House, a nonprofit day center for the homeless, which now, nearly a quarter-century, later, has become an ecumenical facility serving over 150 homeless individuals daily . The church offers its parish campus for use by 12-step groups and a number of community service organizations, and has operated a Thrift House since the 1950s, which donates profits to charity.

The church also serves the community with its outstanding music program, which enriches Redeemer’s liturgical life and honors the great diversity of Christian choral literature. In addition to the anthems sung each Sunday, the church observes the Anglican tradition of monthly Solemn Evensong, which closes the Lord’s Day with the choir and congregation singing much of the liturgy, along with organ accompaniment on the church’s massive 50-stop Nichols & Simpson pipe organ. Redeemer’s annual Great Music in Sacred Space series highlights local performers and brings world-class musicians and artists to Sarasota.

In all it does, Redeemer is guided by a simple mission statement:

“To build up the Body of Christ by Word and Sacrament, equipping the people of God for the work of ministry, that Jesus Christ may be known, loved, worshiped and obeyed in our homes and parish, community and diocese, and throughout the world.”

Take your place in the life and ministry of this great parish.

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