An Ancient Faith with Fresh Expression
For more than 50 years St. Andrew's has been serving the communities of Farmers Branch and Carrollton. We are an Evangelical Episcopal Church. This means that we teach the Bible, worship God in the Great Tradition, and believe that Jesus offers hope to our broken world. It also means that we are an "Anglican" church, a global church consisting of 85 million members--the largest Protestant communion in the word.
The St. Andrew's Shield
The shield in our logo represents the “shield of faith” from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, and brings to mind “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3). The Saltire, or the diagonal cross in the shape of an “X,” which overlays the shield, is the symbol for St. Andrew. Andrew is said to have been put to death by the Roman authorities on an X-shaped cross. The double fish hook recalls Andrew’s original occupation as fisherman, and his call by Jesus to become a “fisher of men” (Matthew 4:18-20). This symbolizes the Christian’s two-fold calling to glorify God through their vocation, and to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.
Father James Detrich Priest-in-charge
After working with at-risk youth for four years following his undergraduate degree, James decided to pursue more ministerial education. So he, and his wife LeEtta, moved to Texas in 2004. A decade later, he had completed a Masters of Theology and a doctorate in theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, while LeEtta was well established in the field of law as a paralegal. They had also ventured into new territory. Traveling “the road to Canterbury,” they had become Episcopalians. Confirmed in 2011 at the Church of the Incarnation, where they were members and performed in various service roles, holy orders soon required them to leave their church home. James was placed at Holy Trinity by the Lake to complete his field site education. Following completion of a certificate in Anglican Studies at the University of Toronto, he began his curacy at Holy Trinity, where he served as Director of Christian Education and Youth Director. He was ordained deacon in November 2017, and six months later, he was ordained priest.
On January 1, 2019, James began his ministry at St. Andrew’s. He’s excited to be working with the wonderful people of this parish. The vision is to build together this community of faith as we celebrate God’s grace and love our city.