Our History: Our particular congregation is a new one being formed from two with long histories in this area. The building we call our ‘south campus’ was first associated with The Episcopal Church of St. Andrew. St. Andrew’s began in 1907 in a small building at the corner of El Camino and Santa Inez in San Bruno. They moved to Santa Lucia Ave. in 1957. The ‘north campus’ was home to St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, formed in 1952 in South San Francisco. They first worshiped in a building on the corner of El Camino and W. Orange Ave. before moving to Country Club Dr., also in 1957. The two congregations began sharing a single vicar in Oct. of 2011. On Dec. 20, 2015 our two Bishop’s Committees decided we should consider ourselves a single congregation. With the Bishop’s blessing, we are deep in the midst of living out what it means to be ‘one’.
This is the letter that Bishop Marc Andrus read to the Congregation on February 16, 2020 Dear Members of the Missions of St. Andrew’s and St. Elizabeth’s: It is my delight to authorize, with the consent of the Standing Committee, the organization of St. Andrew’s and St. Elizabeth’s into a new mission congregation with the name SEA Episcopal Church. The proposed boundaries of this mission will be the cities. . . This authorization is in response to your application dated January 28, 2020. I want to commend you on the heartfelt work you all have engaged in over the last years beginning with deciding to share a single vicar in 2011, and then resolving to consider yourselves a single congregation in 2015, and then officially doing business as SEA Church in 2017. I am pleased this work will continue as you more fully envision how the Spirit is calling you to give unique expression to the love of God in your community. Today, Sunday, February 16, 2020, I am pleased to preside at this organizational meeting for the purposes of affirming the commitments of your application and accepting the conditions of this authorization. Upon the organization of this mission and the action of the Executive Council the missions of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church shall be dissolved, and their congregations shall become the congregation of the new Mission, SEA Episcopal Church. Today, as part of the organization of this mission, I am appointing the following persons to serve as the Bishop’s Committee: Norma Liedtke, Rob Williams, Al Estera, Jeff Hare, Randall Weaver, Mich Barry, Nancy Rauch, Alicia Herrera, Ellen Jones. This letter meets the requirements for Organizing A Mission under Canon XIII.12.02 of the Canons of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of California. This action will be reported to the next Convention of the Diocese of California. You all – the people of SEA Episcopal Church – remain in my deepest prayers with joy for all that will show forth of God’s love in you and through you in the years ahead. Faithfully, The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus Eighth Bishop of California