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Our vision at St. Helena’s is to be like the Church at Antioch as described in the Book of Acts. The fellowship of believers at Antioch was where the disciples were first called Christians. Antioch was a culturally, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse church where all were welcome to seek the Lord. This church was also the first to be proactive in prayerfully sending out evangelists to proclaim the Gospel of the risen Christ. You will see our vision encapsulated on many of our publications by the words Proclaim, Equip, Pray, Send & Go.

Campus / Contact Us

The Parish Church of St. Helena is in Beaufort, South Carolina. Our historic church building is at 505 Church Street. Please use the links below for more information about our location and how you can contact us.

Find Us
The Parish Bookstore
The Parish Library
Contact Us


The Commons House of Assembly, under the Lords Proprietors of Carolina, established St. Helena’s in 1712 as a colonial parish of the Church of England. The church was built in 1724 and is one of the oldest active churches in North America.

A Brief History
History Resources
New Parish History Book

Preservation Trust

The Preservation Trust for Historic St. Helena’s Church, Inc.

The Preservation Trust for Historic St. Helena’s Church was established in 1990 as an endowment fund. Its purpose is to accumulate and manage assets, the income from which is used for the restoration and preservation of our historic church building and supporting facilities. The trust is a South Carolina non-profit corporation with its own bylaws and volunteer Board of Trustees. To learn more about the Preservation Trust, please click HERE to download a copy of our brochure.

Report from the Preservation Trust

Parish Directory
The Clergy

The clergy are available to serve and help you. Please telephone the church office for an appointment or for information about baptism, confirmation, marriage, burial, home or hospital communion, or spiritual direction.

The Rev. Jeffrey S. Miller
The Rev. Mark W. Avera
The Rev. Matthew L. Rusch
The Rev. Mark W. Warter
The Rev. Chad E. Lawrence
The Rt. Rev. Alden M. Hathaway
The Rev. Charles D. Pollak

The Staff

In this section, you’ll find contact information for our administrative staff, those who serve on the maintenance and facilities team, and our program directors. If you are not sure who to contact, please call the church office at (843) 522-1712 for assistance. For a listing of staff and responsibilities, click HERE.

Maintenance & Facilities
Program Directors

The Vestry

The Vestry at St. Helena’s is a group of men and women who have been called to serve the Lord and this congregation. Vestry members are elected by the whole parish and try to represent the interests of all parish members. Vestry members have a liaison role between the parish members and the clergy and staff.

2014 Vestry Members
2014 Vestry Nomination Letter and Form

What We Believe

St. Helena’s is an evangelical parish in the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, which is a constituent member of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Our worship, which is steeped in The Book of Common Prayer, is intended first and foremost to glorify God in Jesus Christ, and we stand in that theological tradition which owes a debt of gratitude to the great reformers of the English Reformation. Read more…

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