History of the church

St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, Silver Spring 



1882    St. Mary's Chapel of Ease founded– Grace Church, Silver Spring.

1949    Became a mission parish of the Diocese of Washington.

1951    The Rev. W. Donald Taylor became the Vicar then became the founding Rector.

1955   The Episcopal Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Wheaton Parish was officially formed. 

1959    New Church Building was built.

                (Membership Peaked at 750 and Sunday School 400)

1973    Education wing complete – Former chapel burnt in fire.

1986    Mortgage paid off.

1987    Church was consecrated by Bishop Walker.

1989    The Rev. W. Donald  Taylor retired. 

1991    The Rev.  Guy Fouts became the second Rector.

1999    The Rev. Guy Fouts finished his time at the parish.

2001    The Rev. Susan Keller Rector became the third Rector.

2005    The Rev. Susan Keller finished her tenure at the parish.

2009    The Rev. Ann Moczydlowski became the fourth Rector.

2015    The Rev. Ann Moczydlowski finished her tenure at the parish.

2016    The Rev. Sarah Lamming started as Priest-in-Charge.

2017    Misa Magdalena was planted, a third service that was in Spanish and focused  on the pastoral needs of the Latino and Hispanic communities. The Rev.  Sarabeth Goodwin leads this mission.   In 2022, the Spanish Mission moved to the Church of the Good Shepherd, Silver Spring.

2018    The Rev. Sarah Lamming was called as the fifth Rector.

2021  The Rev. Sarah Lamming retired and the Church entered a period of Transition to prepare for the calling of a new Rector. The Rev. Anne O. Weatherholt, retired priest from the Diocese of Maryland, was called as part-time Interim Rector.