We were founded on June 29, 1981. The first gathering of prospective parishioners took place at the home of our first vicar, The Rev. Louis Tonsmeire. The rapidly growing congregation quickly found larger accommodations and was able to build a church on Johnson Ferry Road . The first service in our building, now the parish hall, was in May 1983. Initially a mission congregation, we gratefully received financial assistance from the Diocese of Atlanta, the Cathedral of St. Philip, and Holy Innocents Episcopal Church. We became self-supporting in January 1985, and Father Tonsmeire became our first rector during a period of rapid growth, not only of the church, but also of the surrounding area.
As Cobb County experienced dramatic growth and corporate transitions, the parish changed rapidly as well. The Rev. Louis Tonsmeire resigned in 1989, and our second rector, The Rev. Jerry Hardy, served from 1990 – 1992. The Rev. Aaron Uitti became our third rector in October 1993, over-seeing a period of tremendous growth during the next six years.
In 1997 we completed a new worship space, a new nursery area, Sunday School classrooms, kitchen, and memorial garden. The former worship space became a parish hall and kitchen. The Rev. Aaron Uitti retired in March 2007 after fourteen years. The Rev. Dr. Robert Certain was called in April 2007 as interim rector, and he became rector in September 2008 until his retirement from parish ministry in October 2012. During this time, ministries began to organize more effectively for a larger church, and a second capital campaign paid off a longstanding debt from our building project in the 1997. The Rev. Thomas C. Pumphrey became our fifth rector in October of 2013. We have also been well served by other clergy along the way, including our parishioner, The Rt. Rev. Don A. Wimberly, retired bishop of Texas, and our current Associate Rector, The Rev. Elisa Harres, who joined us in 2008.
St. Peter & St. Paul has seen ebb and flow of the church in response to changes in leadership, and changes in Cobb County and the Episcopal Church. Worship of God has remained our focus, providing a place for families and people of all ages to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. We also continue a long history of serving Christ in the world, with hands-on involvement in numerous local ministries to those in need.
In recent years, our leadership has focused on Youth, Music and Children, investing in full time staff for Youth and Music, and increasing staff resources for Children’s Ministry. We are also growing in leadership development to provide a depth of faithful leadership for the future. Looking ahead, we are developing several Evangelism initiatives to provide an intentional and personal invitation and welcome, and to help people get connected with God and with each other in the church.
Come be part of the next chapter of our history as we pursue our mission: Growing Disciples of Jesus Christ.