A Tale of Two Churches

From an anonymous gift to an auspicious auction, all signs pointed to ‘go’ for two churches getting new homes this year
A rendering of St. Paul’s Church shows how it will look when it’s completed this summer. The lancet windows and doorway are characteristic of Gothic architecture of the 13th century. The Celtic Cross harkens back to the early Middle Ages in Ireland and England.

The Rev. Jon Robbins, founding rector of St. Paul’s Church in Vero Beach, talks with animation about the church’s beginnings in 2011. “After intense prayer sessions with the congregation, the church was named in honor of the great missionary preacher St. Paul,” he says. “It was St. Paul who implemented God’s plan to reconcile people to him through Jesus.”

Now amidst much joy, a new St. Paul’s structure is rising on Flamevine Lane. According to Robbins, for three years the congregation had been searching for property to build on or an existing building to renovate. For several years they worshipped out of the Surf Club on A1A and then, more recently, at the Garden Club on 17th Avenue. 

One glorious day, an anonymous benefactor presented the congregation with a beautiful lot on Flamevine Lane, close to Ocean Drive. “An amazing gift,” Robbins says. “And we all knew it would be our goal to build a beautiful building. To create a church that would be a blessing and an asset to the beach community.”

Robbins and the church vestry interviewed a number of local architects and builders. Eventually, they hired Alan Matthews of C.E. Block Architect Inc. as the designer and architectural project manager. His plans skillfully interpreted the church’s vision.

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