In September 1950, St. Timothy’s started as a mission in the Ardmore neighborhood of Winston-Salem. The ingenuity of our founders, who had to seek places to hold services, is still evident in the can-do attitude of the St. Timothy’s community. Under the leadership of its first rector, St. Timothy’s acquired property and parishioners constructed a church building with their own hands. St. Timothy’s remains a place where everyone pitches in when needed.
St. Timothy’s grew steadily over the next two decades, adding buildings to the campus and showing a strong commitment to outreach ministries. The experience of parishioners was valuable in helping found another mission church, St. Anne’s, to serve the growing community. St. Timothy’s welcoming and open attitude led to early support for leadership roles for women within the church, including on the vestry.
In the 1970s and 1980s, St. Timothy’s asserted itself as a power for outreach in the community through its help in forming Contact Ministry, early support of Crisis Control and Samaritan Ministries, and provision of space for the Enrichment Center. The congregation built a fellowship hall, and in 1983 St. Timothy’s called its first Associate Rector, a woman.
In the past two decades St. Timothy’s has continued to grow and adapt to meet the needs of a changing world. Responding to the needs of the church, our congregation purchased a pipe organ, paid for and furnished a new church, and funded significant campus improvements and outreach ministries.
The story of St. Timothy’s is one of continuity and change: we have had only six rectors in 62 years, and we have always been willing to accept new ideas and tackle new problems.