Immanuel Anglican Church began in October, 1963 when a small group of members began meeting at Fred Lynn Middle School in Woodbridge. From our beginning, in so many ways we’ve been a church on the move, growing closer to God with each move we’ve made. In October 1964 the congregation chose the name of St. Margaret’s and moved into its new home on Church Hill Drive. With the continued population growth in the area, in the fall of 1976, St. Margaret’s planted a second church which is still active today.
Differences in theology and focus led us to separate from our former denomination in 2006. We affiliated with others as founding members of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic which was admitted to the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). In 2012 we left our property on Church Hill Drive and began our journey toward a new, permanent church home. In 2013, the congregation voted to change our name to Immanuel Anglican Church, glorifying God who is with us and who has led us throughout our entire history. In July 2013, the Rev. Clint Kerley was called and became our new Rector.
For more than 50 years, our church has been an active participant in the local community. Our doors have been open wide to welcome all who want to learn more about Jesus and become His followers. Our sacramental worship glorifies God through the Eucharist, prayer, and biblically based sermons that help us live out our faith. Because God has invited us into His family, we invite others to come and enjoy fellowship as part of our church family. As a member of the Cooperative Council of Ministries, we helped organize the local homeless ministry and housed them in our parish hall numerous times over several years. The County eventually opened the Hilda Barg Homeless Shelter on Rt. 1, partnering with local churches, including ours, who provide all the meals for the shelter residents. We dedicated space in our parish hall for the Prince William County Free Clinic to provide numerous medical services and expand its operation from two to five days each week. We provide support for ACTS, a faith based community service organization that helps families in crises, sponsor Mothers of Preschoolers, (MOPS); and minister to a group of men and women in a local homeless camp. You’ll find our members in every part of this community, sharing the love of Christ with those they meet in unexpected places like local schools, civic and charitable organizations, sporting events, and even in the grocery or at the mall. God continues to bless and use Immanuel for His purposes. We are excited to see what the future holds!