The history of St. Michael’s congregation began in early 1962, when the Rev. Bernhard Johnson, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stamford, led an effort to bring a Lutheran mission congregation to New Canaan.
In August 1962, property of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, dating to 1833, was purchased by the Board of American Missions of the Augustana Lutheran Church for the mission congregation. The property, “old St. Mark’s”, included the church building, an attached education building, the parking area immediately to the rear of the church, and the “Ludlow House.”
Also in August, the Rev. Wayne E. Johnson arrived on call by the Board of Missions to gather potential members, appoint a steering committee, and plan for organization day.
The first service, Choral Vespers, was held in the reopened church for the new mission congregation on September 30, 1962. This was the day after St. Michael’s Day, hence the new congregation’s name.
On May 5, 1963, St. Michael’s was formally organized on Sunday morning. In the afternoon, the first business meeting included adoption of the constitution, election of Council, and authorization of Council to purchase the property from the Board of Missions.
In June 1963, an exchange of properties was made between St. Michael’s and the New Canaan Historical Society, located next door to the church. St. Michael’s acquired nearly an acre of land from the Society to be used for additional parking, while the Society acquired the Ludlow House, which became its headquarters building.
This completed the grounds for the new congregation. It is still located there, on God’s Acre in the center of the historic district of New Canaan.
The addition of the Plaza and a new playground enhance our already beautiful grounds and provide enjoyment for the whole community.
St. Michael's celebrated fifty years of ministry on May 5, 2013.
St. Michael’s continues to be a vibrant community of Christians, rooted in New Canaan and drawing from the surrounding area. The church after all is people: worshipping, living and serving and connecting with others in our local neighborhoods.