St. Joseph Anglican Church
Times were changing and there was a need to maintain traditional, conservative, Bible based worship services.
In 2003, Jim and Bobby Sue McTaggart held weekly (1928 Book of Common Prayer) Sunday services in their home. The group started with 7 family members and increased as word of the services spread. Some traveled from Arkansas and nearby towns. Bishop (Then Rev.) Glen Hartley traveled from St. Francis in Ava once a month to serve communion. St. Francis became our mother church.
2004, Jim McTaggart, after much prayer and consideration took the step to become a Deacon in the UECNA. This was not an easy decision as he held a full-time job and had many outside commitments. Through the tutelage of now Bishop Glen Hartley and the Most Reverend Stephen Reber, he completed the necessary studies and was ordained on May 1, 2004.
A benefactor granted St. Joseph use of the Old Stone Church in downtown Branson. They gave us keys to the restrooms in the Presbyterian Church as there is no running water in the historic Stone church. Coffee and cookies, service set up and vestments were carried in each week. We grew!! Soon, we had a cabinet made by a church member for our supplies. Many hands built this church! Further study and much prayer enabled Deacon Jim to be ordained to the priesthood on November 12, 2005.
By 2008, the grace of God continued to cover us in our growth. A member of St. Francis had been storing the entire contents of a now defunct Anglican church. She graciously gave the keys to the storage unit and gifted us with the contents and a sizable monetary donation! This was kept in storage until the decision to buy land was made in December 2012. Construction began January 2013.
Our clergy and lay staff have increased in numbers. Dr. Kenyon Bunch and Ian Mosley have been ordained to the Deaconate and Dr. Anthony Cirilla is soon to join this ministry.
Today we hold services and have seen many baptisms, weddings, and funerals. God’s grace sustains us and the work of many giving hands and hearts continue to stand firm in sharing the Gospel. We believe the Bible is the true word of God.
Jim and Bobby Sue McTaggart
Marvin and Louise Edwards
Jane Ann Dooley
Neal and Inez Hartwell
Col. Dan Allen
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”1 Corinthians 3:16