Welcome to St. John the Baptist Church, Lakefield, Ontario. We are a church that values a blend of traditional Anglican liturgy and contemporary forms of Anglican worship. Our mission is: To Know Christ and Make Him Known. As ordinary people who seek the transforming and healing power of Christ in our lives, we strive to become more faithful, joyful, disciples of Christ. We look for opportunities to make a difference in our community and in the world.
The first Anglican (then called Church of England) church in Lakefield was Christ Church, a lovely small stone church which was opened on Christmas Day 1854. It wasn't long before the congregation outgrew Christ Church and in 1864 the decision was made to build a new church building rather than enlarge Christ Church. The new church, which was named St. John the Baptist, was opened in1866. The Rev. Vincent Clementi, who had arrived in Lakefield in 1863 and oversaw the building of the new church, served as St. John's first priest.
The Rev. Steven Smith is our Interim Priest in Charge and Bentley Steers is our Associate Priest during this transition period while we wait for the selection of a new Incumbent.
People's Warden: Ann Jakins
Incumbent's Warden: Sandra Peacock
Deputy Incumbent's Warden: Harold Hoar