In 1982 in Pottsboro, Texas, in a “cow pasture” on a gravel road, St. John’s Episcopal Mission had it first service on Easter Sunday. The three acre site was donated by Bill Davis, a generous Episcopalian from Dallas. Fr. William Forrest was the first priest to serve St. John’s and did so until his retirement in 1996. For many years thereafter St. John’s was served by supply priests, including The Reverend Ally Perry, who served St. John’s beginning in 2001 as a supply priest. In 2004 she became the full time priest, and served in that capacity until December of 2012.
Under Reverend Ally’s leadership, in April 2009 construction began on our new seven-acre facility located on FM 120 just west of Highway 289 in Pottsboro, Texas. The land was purchased and paid for in the past as the communicants of St. John’s had been waiting for several years to have a more conveniently located church to promote growth and attract membership. Our first service was held in the new facility on November 1, 2009.
On Saturday January 30, 2010 St. John’s had the honor and distinction of having both the Diocesan Bishop and Bishop Suffragan, The Right Reverend James M.. Stanton and The Right Reverend Paul Lambert respectively, consecrate and dedicate our new sanctuary. We had a full house with many Diocesan and local clergy present. During his sermon Bishop Stanton commented ‘I like what you’ve done with the place.’ Both bishops seemed very pleased with the work being done here at St. John’s. There were also many townspeople present, along with the members of St. John’s congregation. After the Dedication and Consecration service, the bishops confirmed sixteen new members, reaffirmed three members and received three. It was a glorious day for St. John’s!
In May of 2013 St. John’s welcomed a new Vicar, The Reverend Nancy Powers. Under her leadership St. John’s plans to increase their involvement in the community and continue their tradition of being a friendly, welcoming congregation who enjoys both worship and fellowship. St. John’s is a church body that wants to reach out to those who do not have a church home, both young and old, all ages, genders and ethic backgrounds, and lead them to a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.