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Thanksgiving Day – Mass at 10 AM
Christ-Mass Eve – Masses at 3,5, and 10:30 PM. The 3 PM mass is especially designed for families with young children.
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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]

Mailing address:
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]

Clergy

The Very Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson, Rector

The Very Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson
The Very Rev. Fredrick A. Robinson accepted the call as Rector to the Church of the Redeemer in 1994; delivering his first sermon on 17 April of that year. Since that time, Fr. Robinson has officiated at the marriages, overseen the baptisms, counseled the grieving, and celebrated the joys, of nearly every family and individual at Redeemer. Under his leadership, Redeemer has accomplished a multitude of capital improvements, grown in its parish size, deepened its service to others, expanded its offerings to parishioners, engaged dynamically with the broader community, and rejoiced in worship and gratitude for our Almighty God.

Prior to being called to Redeemer, Fr. Robinson served as Rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Monroe, Louisiana, for five and a half years, and before that, was Rector at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. He received a B.A. in Psychology from Ohio State University, and followed with his S.T.M. (Magistri in Sancta Theologia) from Nashotah House in 1982, cum laude. His M.Th. (Master of Theology) was achieved at the Perkins School of Theology, also cum laude.

Fr. Robinson was appointed Dean of the Manasota Deanery in October 2013. He is the Chairman of the Southwest Florida Diocesan Commission on Liturgy and Music (2007 through current), and for over 15 years, has served as President of the Board of Directors of Resurrection House, a position he still holds.

His seminary involvement includes his role as a member of the Board of Trustees for Nashotah House (2000 through current), and his role as Chairman of the External Affairs Committee for Nashotah House (2003 through current).

One of Fr. Robinson’s greatest joys has been watching the young people of Redeemer grow from childhood to adulthood. He cites Redeemer’s ministry to children and young people as “one of our parish’s greatest strengths.” Indeed, one aspect of Fr. Robinson’s tenure at Redeemer of which he is most proud was the decision to bring on a full-time Youth Minister. “Doing so,” Father Robinson says, “was a symbol to the congregation that we were willing to make an investment in our youth, which made our Children’s and Youth ministries even stronger.”

Among many other outreach efforts, Fr. Robinson has worked with nearly every ministry of Redeemer in serving those in need in the Dominican Republic. Since 1999, a team of youth and adults have traveled annually to the D.R. to do the work of God. In the process, Redeemer has funded seven church projects, including four new church buildings and one new school, as well as led Bible School programs and helped in many other ways integral to the well-being of several D.R. communities.

Fr. Robinson and his wife Linda reside in Sarasota. Their two grown children, Michael and Rebecca, live out of state. He may be reached at frobinson@redeemersarasota.org.

The Rev. Richard C. Marsden, Associate Rector
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The Rev. Richard C. Marsden is the Church of the Redeemer’s Associate Rector; he has been at Redeemer since 1996. Ordained as a priest in 1991, he served as Assistant Priest at Christ Episcopal Church in Bradenton prior to being called to Redeemer.

Father Marsden has a BA in History from Norwich University (1974) in Northfield, Vermont; Master in Religious Education from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1989) in South Hamilton, Massachusetts; and Master of Divinity at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry (1990) in Ambridge, Pennsylvania.

As a commissioned officer with the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army (1974-1982), he served his country as a helicopter pilot, flight section leader and staff officer (both in the US and in Germany).

Father Marsden oversees many aspects of pastoral and parish life – including ministries such as Youth Confirmation, Baptism Preparation, Stages of Life, Christian Education, Family & Marriage Enrichment, Grief & Bereavement, and Shepherds’ Watch. Additionally, Father Marsden is a board member of the Charis Counseling Center in Sarasota.

Residing in Bradenton, Florida with his wife, Gail, a preschool teacher, he enjoys the outdoors, shooting, reading, history, collecting Civil War era photographic images and cases, and refurbishing antique trunks. He is a history buff and an avid Civil War Re-enactor. He may be reached at rmarsden@redeemersarasota.org.

 
The Rev. Charleston David Wilson, Priest Assoc. for Evangelism & Parish Development
The Reverend Charleston David Wilson

Fr. Charleston joined the parish full-time in June of 2014. From January 2012 to May 2014, he served as the Associate Dean of Institutional Advancement at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, which is his alma mater.

Before seminary and ordained ministry, Charleston worked in the restaurant and wine industries, serving in a variety of capacities, including: co-owning a fine-dining concept, managing the human resources for a national restaurant chain and consulting both nationally and internationally in the wine industry.

He is a certified sommelier and enjoys all things gustatory. Charleston’s educational background includes a degree in religion from Samford University as well as a Masters in Divinity from Nashotah House (cum laude). Fr. Charleston has served as a member of the Board of Directors of SOMA, an international Anglican missionary organization touching the lives of more than twenty-five million Anglicans annually, and is currently member of the Board of Trustees of the Anglican Digest. Fr. Charleston also devotes some of his time to a consulting initiative he founded in 2005, loblobby  hill.com.

Married to Malacy (neé Touchstone) since 2006, they have two children, Robert Augustus (7yrs.) and Mary Camille (5 yrs.). In his spare time, Charleston enjoys cooking, entertaining, and traveling. He may be reached at cwilson@redeemersarasota.org.

 
The Rev. Christian Michael Wood, Priest Associate for Youth and Young Adults

wood headshotThe Rev. Christian Michael Wood served as Youth Minister at Redeemer from January 2009 to August 2013. In September 2013, he answered God’s call to ordained ministry, and began studies at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, an Anglo-Catholic institution in Nashotah, Wisconsin, approximately 30 miles from Milwaukee, situated within the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. Wood received his Master of Divinity degree from Nashotah in May 2016. He was ordained to the priesthood at Redeemer in June.

At Redeemer, Father Wood serves as Priest Associate for Youth and Young Adults. Since arriving back at Redeemer in June, he has already led two youth groups on mission trips: one to the Dominican Republic, and another to inner-city Miami.

A native New Yorker, Father Wood was a successful videographer and editor in New York before being called to ministry in Sarasota. During his time in the film industry, he edited two Emmy-nominated (2009) films (In the Footsteps of Marco Polo and The Otherside of Hip Hop- The Sixth Element), and won The Big Apple Film Festival (2007). Since beginning his ministry at Redeemer, he has enjoyed incorporating his editing talents into the life of the parish, producing the annual Stockholder’s Dinner video of the High School mission trips to the DR, and the Senior Video which celebrates the graduating high school students annually. Father Wood is credited with establishing the relationship with the Cristo el Rey parish in Puerto Plata, in the Diocese of the Dominican Republic in 2011. Since then, Redeemer’s youth have made an annual commitment to serving there, working each summer on a variety of construction projects, running a Vacation Bible School for over two hundred children, and generally helping God’s people in need.

Father Wood is married to Kate Thomason Wood, granddaughter of Redeemer’s rector from 1965-1978, The Rev. W. Thomas Fitzgerald. They have three children: Maggie-Jane, Michael, and Martha. He enjoys walking, baseball, football, and spending time with his children. He may be reached at cwood@redeemersarasota.org.

 

The Rev. Mario Castro
The Reverend Mario Castro

The Rev. Mario Castro began with the Church of the Redeemer as a part-time priest on Nov. 13, 2011, and is now a full-time priest and the leader of the church’s Hispanic Mission which, as of 2012, has the largest Hispanic congregation in the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

Fr. Castro was born in La Joya de Guerra, a small town near Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. In 1971, his father, Jose Wessin, died in Santo Domingo, and his mother, Ramona Castro, supported the family by cultivating and selling vegetables with the help of her six sons and two daughters. Four years later, in search of a better life for her family, Castro’s mother moved the family to the outskirts of Llamado Los Mina.

Over the next six years, Fr. Castro completed a three-year course in philosophy and trained as a novice at the Saint Vincent De Paul Seminary. Eventually, however, Fr. Castro decided to leave the seminary, and later married and moved to Tampa, Fla.

In 1994, Fr. Castro and his family began attending St. Francis Episcopal Church; they eventually became very involved in parish life and worked with the community evangelizing. Fr. Castro served on the church’s vestry and held the position of senior warden.

Father Castro was received on Feb. 27, 2011. He may be reached at mcastro@redeemersarasota.org.


Retired Clergy in Residence

The Rev. Reinaldo Ayerbe
The Rev. George W. Busler
The Rev. A. Milton Cheney
The Rev. C. Read Heydt
The Rev. Clayton Knapp
The Rev. Richard Lampert
The Rev. Ralph W. Strohm
The Rev. Robert Sullivan

 

 

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