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 St James Anglican Church

9709 98 Avenue
Peace River, Alberta
T8S 1J3



Office hours


Tuesday and Thursday

11-3 pm



 If you have any concerns or questions, call the office number:


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The Very Rev. Jason Haggstrom- Dean and Rector 

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        Message March 19, 2020

St James History (Short)

The roots of the Anglican Church in the Peace River area date back nearly 150years to 1879 when an outreach mission was set up on the Smokey River about four miles from present day Peace River by the Rev. Alfred Garrioch. In 1884 the Shaftsbury mission was established by Rev. John Gough Brick. The first log church building in Peace River was built in 1910 close to where the cathedral now stands on land given to the Diocese by Pat Wesley. Rev. Robert Holmes became the first resident missionary of St. James Church. His home in the mission house beside the Heart River became the home of Bishop Robins in 1916 when, influenced by the construction of the railroad, the Diocesan See moved from Athabasca in 1916.


In 1935 a new church and hall was built through the generous support of the “Anonymous Donor”. St. James church was consecrated as a Pro-Cathedral on October 14, 1935. Malvern House near bishops lodge was built in 1940 and the Anglican Centre was built in 1947 and the rectory was built in 1948. St. James was declared the Cathedral of the Diocese on April 29, 1949.


The Athabasca Hall build in 1935 served as the community for many years. Management of Athabasca hall was turned over to the Town of Peace River, Recreation Board in 1972. In 1982 Athabasca Hall was sold to the Town and the proceeds were used to build a new church hall connected to the Cathedral. The new church hall was dedicated by Bishop Gary Woolsey on October 20th, 1985.

We are proud that our mission is to

welcome, accept and encourage

ALL people in the name of Christ.

Our vision is to be a

Christ centered community

reaching out in service and love.