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Saint Andrew's History

1947 - Church Founded

St. Andrew’s was founded on the faith and the vision of Charles and Mary Eleanor Kidd when in 1946 they moved to Hartwell from Alabama. While attending Grace Episcopal in Anderson, S.C., they began to explore the notion of establishing a mission in Hartwell. An organizational meeting in 1947 was held at the Kidd’s home where the founding members decided to call the mission St. Andrew’s. Over the next several years, worship services were held in homes and various community clubs.

1961 - First Building

In 1960 the small congregation decided to build their own church on a debt-free basis. The first corner stone was laid in December of 1960 by Rev. Frank Fortune, Charles Kidd, Paul Duke, and Eli Saliba. With the help of the many volunteers, extensive gifts, and special talents, the church was complete in 1961.


1987 - Sanctuary Built 

Development of Lake Hartwell grew the population of Episcopalians and by 1985 it was clear that a larger facility was needed. Again the congregation chose to go debt-free, and again our faith and prayers were rewarded. The new building was consecrated on November 30, 1987.


1988 - Parish Hall Improvements 

The following year the kitchen was enlarged, a new Sunday school room was added, and the old worship space converted to a parish hall.


2000 - Steeple and Chimes Installed

2001 - Landscaping and Parking Lot Completed

2007 - Kitchen and Restrooms Remodeled

Clergy who served 

St. Andrew’s parish

Vicar 1955 - 1959     Rev Bill Yon


Vicar 1960 - 1969     Rev Frank Fortune

Vicar 1968-1969       Rev Milton Coward

1970 - 1997              Rev Herschel Atkinson

Rector 1998 - 2001  Rev Jim Shumard

Rector 2003 - 2007  Rev Cass Daly

Interim 2007 - 2008  Rev Jim Clarke, interim rector

Rector 2008 - 2014   Rev Lee Peyton

Priest-in-charge 2014 - Sept. 30, 2018  Rev Susan Loutitt-Hardaway

Interim part time priest-in-charge 2019 - 2021 Rev Dr. Pat Miller

Priest in Charge  2021 - present     Rev Reid Hamilton

Rev Reid Hamilton our Priest-in-charge whom we share

with St. Alban's in Elberton

S​aint Andrew's 

Episco​pal Church

579 Fairview Avenue Hartwell, GA 30643 


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