About Our Church

The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation was founded in 1984 by a group of lay people who believed they could develop a church by committing themselves to service and advocacy with the poor and oppressed in our community and beyond.

Recycled Materials = A Newly-Created Church

Just before the most recent Easter vigil at Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Ann Arbor.

Our sanctuary before a recent Easter vigil.

The church building itself was constructed by students from the Construction Technology Program at Washtenaw Community College, a program founded by architect David Byrd, to enable minority youth to qualify for building trade apprenticeships.

David and his students used discarded and flawed materials to build our church and inscribed the words, “The stone the builders rejected,” over our front door. It’s a fitting description for a chapel that reveals how the New Creation can rise from the materials and people our society has rejected.

Watch This Video to Learn More About the History of the David Byrd Chapel

Incarnation in the Community

One of the first things our church community did after it was formed was to start serving people in prison. Our second Christmas service was held in Jackson Prison with men from the National Lifers of America, and Incarnation members were the main organizers of Washtenaw County’s Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Program.

Our outreach ministry has expanded. We have a sister relationship with a church in Nicaragua. We support the Sabeel Center in its quest for a just peace in the Middle East. And we stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the struggle for full equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people, both here in America and throughout the world.

We serve our church family through our worship services and relational groups. And we serve the world through our partnership with The Nicaragua Project.

Learn More About Incarnation

We invite you to check out ways to be involved in our worship community. You can read about our Vicar, Joe Summers, here, or click here for a profile of our Deacon, the Rev. Thalia Johnson.

Our church is a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. More information about the wider Episcopal communion is available here.

If you’re looking for worship services that:

  • Affirm and welcome children
  • Use inclusive language
  • Inspire with culturally diverse music
  • Invite lay leadership and encourages lay people to preach or share their stories
  • Strives to help you discover the unique service that you have to offer the world

…welcome home. Because if you are willing, God is able. And if you are able, God has already gone ahead to prepare the way.

Episcopal Church of the Incarnation,
3257 Lohr Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.