The Rev. Michael Spencer


Rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church

When did you first arrive on Island/how did you get here?
The summer of 2008 by invitation to be the rector of St. John’s.

What are your favorite things to do on Fishers?
Worship at St. John’s. Time on Isabella beach, campfires by the sea, fishing at The Race, reeling in a Striper.

What does Fishers mean to you?
Community. God’s beauty in nature. Rest and retreat. Radical hospitality.

About your organization:
Mission Statement: We are a welcoming summer chapel, living out Christ’s love. A beacon to fellow pilgrims, the foundation and traditions of St. John’s inform our spiritual journey. We seek to provide an inclusive, open and dynamic ministry to impact the Fishers Island community across seasons, dedicated to nurturing spiritual life through hospitality and outreach.

Founded in 1881, St. John’s Episcopal Church has stood on Fishers Island for more than 130 years. Its parishioners come from cities and states along the Eastern seaboard and across this country and, from around the world. Fishers Island is the summer home for generations of people and St. John’s Church is an important part of that experience and tradition for many. Whoever you are, wherever you are in life’s spiritual journey, know that you are always welcome at St. John’s.

As our mission statement says, we are a summer chapel committed to outreach throughout all seasons. We practice this through the Sanger Fund, support of visiting speakers and artists, the maintenance of the Island Cemeteries, through a partnership with Walsh Park to provide affordable housing, but most significantly, through a scholarship program for graduates of the Fishers Island School.

Sunday Services: 8 and 10 a.m. each Sunday from June 14 ~ September 6. 9 a.m. service on September 13th and September 20th.

Organization’s links:
Website Link: St. John’s Church
Facebook page: St. John’s Church Fishers Island

Featured Photo

USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay . Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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