////////////////// GENESIS //////////////////
Welcome to St. Christopher’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Key Biscayne. We hope that you will join us soon for worship and for service to others, which are at the heart of our life together.
On Christmas Day, 1959, the parish’s first service was held in the Little Island Playhouse. The congregation soon moved into the building later known as the Calusa Playhouse, which it occupied until the present church came into service on Christmas Day, 1967.
The outdoor chapel and the Burton-Campbell Columbarium were built in 1976 and the present Parish Hall was added in 1987, allowing the original Parish Hall to be converted to the classrooms prayer gardenthat now house the Montessori preschool program. A new building for primary grades for the school was added in 1996, with upper elementary grades added with the completion of the second floor of the school building in 2001.A successful Capital Campaign in 2001 provided major renovations and improvements. Another fund drive in 2007 launched new gardens and other enhancements.
For the 2007 school year, a modular temporary classroom was installed to facilitate upgrading of existing facilities and to promote increased enrollment.
In 2009, the Preschool building was beautifully renovated. In 2021 we are proud to inaugurate our new state-of-the art building.
Wherever you are on your journey in faith, there is a place here for you and the people of St. Christopher’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church
Our vision is to show people Jesus.
Mission & Purpose
St. Christopher’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church and Montessori School’s vision is to be a joyous and welcoming Christ Centered Community which provides for age, gender and interest appropriate opportunities to build relationships with the Lord and each other.
////////////////// THE TEAM //////////////////
Clergy & Staff
The Right Reverend Peter Eaton | Bishop of Southeast Florida
The Right Reverend Peter Eaton has been the Bishop of Southeast Florida since 9 January 2016.
Bishop Eaton was elected the Bishop Coadjutor of Southeast Florida (the assistant bishop who succeeds the bishop on retirement) on 31 January 2015 at a special convention of the Diocese at Trinity Cathedral, Miami. He was ordained to the episcopate on 9 May 2015, and he became the Bishop of Southeast Florida on the retirement of the Right Reverend Leo Frade on 9 January 2016. Bishop Eaton was seated as the diocesan bishop at a special liturgy at Trinity Cathedral, Miami, on 30 January 2016. Lord Williams of Oystermouth, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, was the preacher.
The Reverend Deacon Miguel Baguer| Deacon
The Reverend Mandy Brady | Interim Rector
The Rev. Mandy Brady is a dyed-in-the-wool Anglican who claims Georgia as home. Born into a Navy family, Mandy grew up around the world. She learned to walk in Barbados, built snow forts in Iceland and sang in her first church choir in Wales. Her childhood has given her the gift of being at home wherever she finds herself.
Mother Mandy graduated from the College of William & Mary with a BS in Chemistry before working in an R&D lab for a chemical engineer. Since graduating from the General Theological Seminary, she has served parishes in in Georgia and Illinois and is excited to begin a new adventure in Florida. A trainer with the College for Congregational Development, Mandy loves liturgy, music, and helping congregations discover and develop their gifts and strengths.
Mandy shares her life with her partner, Sarah, who is also an Episcopal priest, and their dog Bayton, the black lab. They love beaches, kayaks, and any excuse to be on the water. Mandy also loves getting dirty in the garden and seeing what grows. She’ll do just about anything for a scoop of good ice cream. She is looking forward to working and worshipping with the good people of St
John M. Barrow
Director of Music
Cecilia Braham Administrator
////////////////// THE BOARD //////////////////
Our Vestry is responsible for enhancing both the spiritual and organizational life of the parish.
The Vestry manages all church property and assets, approves the budget, and authorizes major expenditures. Members of our Vestry serve 3-year terms and are open to hearing from those in the St. Christopher’s By-the-Sea community.
Joe Downs, Senior Warden
Isabel Lamas, Junior Warden
Clint Bush, Clerk
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”
Luke 10:27 The Parable of the Good Samaritan