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The East Cooper Episcopal Church is a mission of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. We provide a spiritual home for anyone seeking a warm, welcoming community of faith. As the only Episcopal church "East of The Cooper”, we welcome all persons who seek to follow our Lord, Jesus Christ and to do His ministry.

We are Christians who are alive in the love of God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit, striving to seek  and serve Christ in all persons and love our neighbor as ourselves.

Our actions and beliefs are guided by Scripture, Tradition, and Reason. Through prayer we seek guidance and clarity from God for the ordering of our common life together.

Unified by the Lord and the Anglican tradition of The Episcopal Church, we support our sister parishes and communities of faith. Through pastoral ministries, we bear with each other our burdens, celebrate God's work, forgiving as we have been forgiven, and loving as Christ loves us.

We are genuine, loving, caring and compassionate to others. Together, in Christ’s name, we reach out to the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression, the sick, the friendless, and the destitute, and those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit.

We support each other, lay and ordained, with faithfulness in both word and deed. Grounded in prayer, we are present to one another, reaching out with authentic love and concern, and giving our gifts, talents and resources for the advancement of God's kingdom in our region of South Carolina.

A Short History of The East Cooper Episcopal Church

The first service of Holy Eucharist II was celebrated in the home of Dan and Barbara Eckman on February 10, 2013. The previous week, several people met in the home of Cindy Boatwright and Michael Gibbons, to discuss how to continue in the Episcopal Church after Mark Lawrence and several parishes announced that they were leaving The Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States of America due to differences in theology. The departure of Mark Lawrence and Christ Church, Mt. Pleasant, left no Episcopal church in the East Cooper area of Charleston.

Dan Eckman was a retired priest from the Diocese of Virginia who had moved to Mt. Pleasant in 2011. Attending that first service were Cindy Boatwright, Michael Gibbons, Kevin, Patti, Lindsay and Alaina Crothers, Barbara Eckman, Anne Nietert and Susan Gaddy. Prayer books and hymnals were shared and Kevin loaned us his mother's old keyboard. It was a start.

Through the diligent efforts of Cindy Boatwright, the small group soon began worshipping at the Chapel of Hibben United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Additional prayer books and hymnals were obtained from former seminarian students that Dan had trained throughout his 40 years as a parish priest. He emailed several of these now priests and they willingly shipped their prayer books and hymnals to our newborn congregation. Candle holders, a paten, a chalice, a wafer box, cruets and altar linens were obtained from several sources. A lending closet in Texas sent other necessities and a rolling suitcase was used to transport all that was needed for weekly worship services.

In 2014, it was determined that the congregation would apply for Mission status at the Diocesan Convention in November 2014. A Mission Council was elected to include Cindy Boatwright as Senior Warden and Temple Whitaker as Junior Warden. Other members were Kevin Crothers, Susie Goss, Janice Myers and Hannah Heyward. Dan Eckman was named Priest-in-Charge. The Diocesan Convention approved our application for Mission status and we were joyously welcomed into the Convention, waving the banner that the congregation had designed, expressly for that purpose.

Also in 2014, Bishop Charles vonRosenberg appointed Deacon Judith Ewing to The East Cooper Episcopal Church and she became a valuable asset in greeting newcomers, assisting during the service and providing pastoral care.

In January, 2015, Dan Eckman was diagnosed with cancer and died on February 28, 2015. This was a setback for the congregation but they continued to meet faithfully, using supply clergy until Deacon Judith Ewing was named Deacon-in-Charge. In August 2017 Fr. William Coyne was named Priest-In-Charge of The East Cooper Episcopal Church.

Our average attendance is now 18. We have approximately 25 families on our mailing list. We continue to provide a spiritual home for those who wish to continue in the Episcopal Church. We hope to be able to continue to grow and provide a strong Episcopal presence in the East Cooper area.

The East Cooper Episcopal Church is part of...

...our diocese:

The Episcopal Church in South Carolina

...which is part of:

The Episcopal Church

...which is part of:

The Anglican Communion

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