Church Of The Incarnation (Dallas, Texas)
The church was founded in 1879 by Bishop Alexander Garrett as the Cathedral Chapel of the Incarnation. It was originally built on the corner of McKinney and Harwood, to a considerable degree north of Dallas’s business and residential community. In 1897 the mission church became a full-fledged parish of the Diocese of Dallas. In 1902 a brick building was dedicated and used as the church for the next twenty-five years. In 1927 the church moved to a new building farther north on McKinney at Cambrick Avenue. Fifteen rectors have served the church in the past 112 years and the modest brick chapel has become a 5-acre (20,000 m2) close serving the Dallas community with a Christian volunteer force of 1,800 households.
The church is one of 74 Episcopal churches and missions in the Diocese of Dallas, which is a member of Province VII of the Episcopal Church of the United States (TEC) and a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The current rector is the Right Reverend Anthony Burton. It is one of the largest parishes in the diocese.
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