Our History

Grace Episcopal Church was founded in 1867, and the building was erected in 1876. Traverse City was a thriving and growing area built on timber trade, using the marvelous resources of Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan, and numerous inland lakes.

The founding Episcopalians envisioned a religious center to meet the spiritual and human needs of a growing community. The parish was admitted to the Diocese of Western Michigan in 1877.

In 1897, the building was moved by horse around the corner to its present location, remaining in the heart of the downtown area.

In 1965, a free-standing parish hall was erected, including a full kitchen area and Sunday School/nursery facilities. This structure was joined to the original building in the 70’s, providing a commons (gathering space) as well as a library and the church offices.

In 2003, we embarked on a capital campaign to enlarge our worship space. Following a Spirit-led fund-raising effort, we dedicated our new space in 2005, having doubled the worship area. We maintained the integrity of our historic building, using much of the original altar area and our beautiful stained glass windows.

Read more about our history here.




We have temporarily suspended all in-person gatherings for worship, along with all in-person events not related to our vital outreach ministries. We look forward to returning to joyful worship together. Please check back for announcement of dates. Full letter from Father Jim here.

During this period, we will offer the opportunity to engage in prayer, worship, and discipleship via Facebook Live.
Sat at 5pm
Sun at 10am

To ensure continuity for the church and our vital ministries to our community, please consider online giving in lieu of your plate offerings.

Stay tuned and stay safe. 🙏🏻❤️

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