The Church of the Incarnation was founded in 1879 by the Bishop Alexander Garrett as the Cathedral Chapel of the Incarnation. Originally built on the corner of McKinney and Harwood, “far north” of Dallas’ business and residential community. In 1897 the Mission Church became a full-fledged parish of the Diocese of Dallas. Under the leadership of its dedicated rectors and many devoted members, the church grew in size and service to the community. In 1902, Incarnation dedicated the first brick building that was used for the next 25 years. In 1927, the Church of the Incarnation moved to a new building farther north on McKinney at Cambrick Avenue. Fifteen rectors have served Incarnation in the past 112 years and the modest brick chapel has become a 5-acre campus serving the Dallas community with a Christian volunteer force of 1,800 households.
Incarnation is a community that believes God calls us to love him with our heads, hearts, and hands. This love in action has sent over $1 million dollars in outreach support to the community each year. Incarnation’s outreach ranges from helping the Dallas homeless population with time, talent and treasure at Austin Street Shelter to volunteer support of students and teachers at North Dallas High School and J.W. Ray Elementary School; building houses through Habitat for Humanity and going abroad to help countries ravaged by hurricanes. In 2006, Incarnation formed the Dick Granger Neighborhood Ministry, based on the Catholic organization Society of St. Vincent DePaul. This organization focuses on helping the “working poor” during such times as job loss, health issues and in general, helping them “get back on their feet.”
Church of the Incarnation offers 7 services each Sunday, ranging from Choral Evensong from the 1662 English Prayer Book to our contemporary Uptown service. The worship ministry also includes weekday celebrations of Holy Communion, a weekly healing service, intercessory prayer, and private confession. Growth Groups, Sunday School for all ages, student programs, Bible studies and book groups are the beginning of the wide range of solid opportunities for Christian Formation. In 2009, Incarnation began collaborating with Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto and the Diocese of Dallas to form the Incarnation School of Theology offering credit courses toward the Master of Divinity degree. Educating the young and old, alike, Incarnation also runs a burgeoning preschool, The Incarnation Academy, serving over 200 children, ranging in age from 9 months to 5 years.
With all of this and much more, it is under the leadership of The Right Reverend Anthony J. Burton, that looking to the next decade we will go forth in the world, expanding education opportunities and providing support to the communities in Dallas and beyond that need our help the most.