Staff and Leadership
Gathering in Grace Since 1850
Six communicants organized the mission church in the summer of 1850. Among them was the Honorable George Greene, who had named the city and was among the early civic and business leaders of Cedar Rapids. He and others literally built the church by hand on the ground upon which it still stands. The cornerstone of the structure was laid in 1851, and the small brick church was completed five years later.
The original church was extensively remodeled and expanded in 1873, with a still more massive structure being erected on the corner of 6th Street and A Avenue in 1890. Unfortunately, the 1890 building was razed in 1948 due to structural deficiencies, and a reconstruction project was started to enlarge the old chapel into the church proper. Further reconstruction and the building of a new parish house was completed in 1963. The current structure, however, still has the original side and back walls that were built in 1851.
Today Grace Episcopal Church is a strong and faithful community, dedicated to worshiping, growing, and serving together as part of how we experience GRACE in the city.