1993: Rt. Rev. Frank Allan announces that the diocese will open a mission church in Alpharetta
April 3 1994 St. Aidan’s begins at an Easter sunrise service in Windward Park. 75 people gather as the Rev. Noel Burtenshaw, led the service.
June 1994 The new St. Aidan’s congregation meet for regular worship in a leased space of the AT&T building in Alpharetta. Everyone pitches in because of limited space. Prayer books, vestments, and a large, standing cross are brought in every Sunday, while children’s Sunday School classes are held in corners of the hallway!
Nov 1994 St. Aidan’s is recognized as a full parish at Diocesan Council. The name St. Aidan’s is chosen because St. Aidan of Ferns was a missionary monk sent to preach the gospel by St. David in 7th Century Ireland.
Father Noel leads the parish for 10 years and becomes the inspiration and driving force of the church,
which adopts the mission statement “To Know Jesus Christ and Make Him Known.”
1994 St. Aidan’s moves to its next temporary meeting space in the Alpharetta Senior Center
1995 The congregation purchases the present 19 acre site at 13560 Cogburn Road & begins to build the church
Palm Sunday 1997: St. Aidan’s holds its first Holy Eucharist in its current building
June 2003: Father Noel retires
September 2004: St. Aidan’s completes its Parish Hall for education and fellowship
October 2004: Rev. Robert Wood is called as St. Aidan’s next rector
2014: St. Aidan’s celebrates its 20-year anniversary
February 2016: Rev. Robert Wood is called to the Church of the Good Shepherd in Cashiers, NC
June 2016: The Rev. Dr. Col. Patricia Lee Miller joins St. Aidan’s as interim rector
January 2017: St. Aidan’s opens its parish profile as it seeks its next full-time rector
In its full history, St. Aidan’s has grown in community and ministries. St. Aidan’s supports dozens of internal, local and international ministries. We enjoy many fellowship and outreach events, offer Sunday School for all ages and a spirit-led Vacation Bible School each summer, and have a full-time preschool and MMO. Our staff has expanded to include office staff, and children’s, youth, and music directors.