- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 16, 2006

Founded three years ago with seven members, Holy Trinity Church is a small but growing parish in the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC). Word of the new church spread quickly, and now it averages about 50 people each Sunday, says the Rev. Charles Camlin, who celebrates his one-year anniversary with the church Aug. 1.

The REC was organized in 1873 in New York City by eight priests and 20 laymen who had left the Episcopal Church. They wanted the denomination to return to its founding principles of the English Reformation. Worshippers employ either the 1662 or 1928 Book of Common Prayer.

“The desire [in creating Holy Trinity Church] was to plant a traditional Anglican church,” the rector says.

The young church worships in a local school cafeteria. Mr. Camlin says the parishioners have been a very “committed group” during this time of “wilderness wanderings.” Although property in the area is expensive, the rector hopes to move the church into a permanent home soon.

“We have quite a few talented and gifted teachers,” he says. “The parish as a whole is very committed to Christian study and discipleship.”

-Stefanie Hausner

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