History of St. Anne’s

The first service at St. Anne’s was celebrated on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1962. At first, the congregation met for worship in a public-school auditorium. Four acres of farmland were purchased in 1965, and the present church was built in 1967. Over the years, St. Anne’s grew into a thriving inter-generational community with many ministries and activities, officially becoming a parish in 1990.

The Clergy of St. Anne’s

  • The Reverend John Larson, Vicar 1962-1968
  • The Reverend John Luther, Vicar 1968-1978
  • The Reverend John Coats, Vicar 1978-1982
  • The Reverend Gary Collins, Vicar 1982-1988
  • The Reverend Cliff Blinman, Vicar 1988-1990, Rector 1990-1994
  • The Reverend Carol Cleland, Rector, 1994-2006
  • The Reverend Lauran Pifke, Rector, 2007-2015
  • The Reverend Stephen Trever, Rector, January 2017 to July 2018
  • The Reverend Jeffrey Dodge, February 2019 to present

Brief History of St. Anne’s

During the tenure of Rev. Carol Cleland, many important faith formation programs were begun, such as EFM, Godly Play, and Cursillo, all of which nurtured a deep spirituality and love of learning at St. Anne’s. In 2000, St. Anne’s sold a parcel of land to a developer, who built a senior residence for the deaf.  The proceeds from the sale allowed St. Anne’s to remodel the church into a more flexible worship space and begin turning the garden into a sacred space.  In 2005, the full-sized outdoor Labyrinth and trellis was constructed and continues to be a focal point for the parish.

In 2007, Rev. Lauran Pifke was called as St. Anne’s third Rector. Her love for The Book of Common Prayer, Interfaith dialogue, and her talent for weaving Stewardship and Christian Formation programs together throughout the year served St. Anne’s well. In 2015, the Columbarium and Memorial Fountain were completed and blessed by our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus. Rev. Lauran Pifke retired in July, 2015.

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Our next Rector, Rev. Stephen Trever, served with us from January 2017 through July 2018.  At that time, Stephen’s wife, Lisa, was offered a career-changing position at Columbia University.  We were anticipating many more years with Stephen and were sad to say goodbye to him and his family.  Although short, during Stephen’s time at St. Anne’s, we welcomed several new members, due in large part to Stephen’s outreach and focus on growth.

Furthermore during the short time Rev. Stephen was here St. Anne’s has moved forward in the following ways:

  • Come to Terms with the Budget – The Vestry, Finance Committee, and Stewardship Committee have worked together to tighten our budgeting process and enhance our Stewardship in order to minimize the amount of money we have to draw from savings each year to balance the budget and balance actual spending against income. The process has been effective in 2018.
  • Hiring an Office Manager – in 2018 we hired an Office Manager as part of our operating budget for the year. She has extensive Church Office experience and works part time.  We have found this to be quite beneficial to the overall administrative process for St. Anne’s and the Rector.
  • Building Community – Rev. Stephen was in the process of building community in the Fremont area. He was present in the community and worked collaboratively with the rectors of the Southern Alameda Deanery
  • Developed a Strong Relationship with Abode Family Services in Fremont. Abode’s mission is to end homelessness.  In 2017 a concert was held at St. Anne’s featuring Giancarlo Aquilanti and his daughter and the proceeds from the evening were donated to Abode.  We plan on another concert in 2018, also to benefit Abode.

Under the last three Rectors, St. Anne’s has matured into an intimate community of faith that is small, warm, and deep. People know each other well and are faithful, active members, sharing leadership and participation in the liturgy. St. Anne’s is a diverse and inclusive community that lives, worships, and serves in the ever-changing environment of Fremont, now in the heart of Silicon Valley.

St. Anne’s is now working with its latest Rector, Rev. Jeff Dodge, who brings a fresh and exciting energy to our community. His enthusiasm for education, liturgical creativity, and reclaiming the evil “E” word, evangelism, bring continuity to the building blocks the past three rectors have set in place. His passion is to explore spiritual community from the perspective of better communication, sharing of good news stories, and ensure that as we move into the third decade of this millennium, we listen better to both our own needs and those of the community surrounding us, putting down deeper roots of love in the Fremont area.

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