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Schools & Additional Ministries

Schools and ministries across the Episcopal Diocese of Florida work to equip persons of all ages to respond to God’s call in their lives. We welcome you to learn more about Education for Ministry, our Parish Schools and Sewanee, The University of the South.

Education for Ministry (EfM)

The EfM group process allows participants to explore the Bible and to examine their own theology. It provides a small group in which you can open yourself to renewal and transformation as you learn. There are 9 EfM groups in the diocese. If you are interested, look for a group near you (it does not have to be in your local parish) or consider an online group that meets by Zoom. Contact the mentors listed below for more information.

EfM Groups in the Diocese of Florida:

Fernandina Beach:
Location: Meets at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Monday evenings, January through May and August through November
Mentors: Theresa Sparks and Leigh Coulter Beal
Email: and

Location: Meets at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Monday evenings, September through May
Mentors: Rick and Pat Tarrant
Email: and 

Location: Meets at San Jose Episcopal Church
Sunday afternoons, September through May
Mentors: Joe and Laura O’Shields

Jacksonville Beach:
Location: Meets at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
Thursday evenings, September through May
Mentors: Reva Bond and Ann Duff

Location: Meets at St. John’s Episcopal Church
Tuesdays at lunchtime, September through May
Mentors: Russell Pfost and Jerrie Lindsey

Location: Meets at St. John’s Episcopal Church
Thursday evenings, September through May
Mentors: Jim Clendinen and Pat Garner
Email: and

Based at St. John’s Episcopal Church, meets online only (via Zoom)
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:45am – 11am, September through May
Mentors: Jo Ann McAdams

Ponte Vedra Beach:
Location: Meets at Christ Episcopal Church
Thursday evenings, September through May
Mentor: Lee Hunter

Based at Christ Episcopal Church, meets online only (via Zoom)
Wednesday evenings, September through May
Mentor: Virginia Carpenter

For more information about EfM online groups, contact Margaret MacNaughton

Parish Schools

Advent Parish Day School
Tallahassee, Florida

Advent Parish Day School is a thriving, vital ministry of the church. Advent was the first preschool in Tallahassee accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This highly respected accreditation by NAEYC continues today. Established in 1972, the school has a long history of excellence and is well respected within the community.

Click here to visit the Advent Parish Day School website





All Saints Early Learning & Care CenterAll Saints Early Learning & Community Care Center, Inc.
Jacksonville, Florida

All Saints Early Learning Center provides a nurturing environment and is modeled to satisfy the accreditation standards of the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. Children 6 weeks to 5 years old.

The Adult Day Care program is designed for special needs, fragile adults unable to stay home alone. Adult day care can give caregivers respite by providing a center where elderly parents can be taken for a couple of hours or the entire day and picked back up later. The day programs include social activities, meals and general elderly supervision.

Click here to visit the All Saints Early Learning & Community Care, Inc. website



The Cathedral School
Jacksonville, Florida

At The Cathedral School, the classroom curriculum is designed to meet each child at a level consistent with the individual student’s developmental level. Challenging, hands-on strategies combine with educational discovery centers to provide a well-rounded, multi-modal approach to learning. The intention of the curriculum is to prepare “the total child” for the next levels of learning within a positive and nurturing educational environment.

Click here to visit The Cathedral School website





Christ Episcopal Church Pre-School
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Christ Episcopal Church Preschool, located in beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach, has provided a quality first educational experience for children ages 2 1/2 thru 6 years of age since 1955. The highest quality curriculum, equipment, resources and teachers are in place and provide on-going educational experiences for students. We are proud to offer a loving environment for your child that is not only educationally sound, but Christ centered as well.

Click here to visit the Christ Episcopal Church Pre-School website





Episcopal School of Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida

The mission of Episcopal School of Jacksonville is to provide a superior college-preparatory education in an environment marked by high expectations, Christian nurture, and social diversity. Through a balanced program of Four Pillars: academics, arts, spiritual life, and athletics, Episcopal’s faculty seeks to instill in each student intellectual growth, character development, responsible leadership, and a commitment to community service. Episcopal is available to students age one through grade twelve. The school has three campuses: Beaches Campus in Jacksonville Beach (Pre-K 3 through grade five), the Munnerlyn Campus on Atlantic Boulevard (grades six through twelve), and St. Mark’s Campus in Ortega (age one through grade five).

Click here to visit the Episcopal School of Jacksonville website


Grace Episcopal Day School
Orange Park, Florida

Grace Episcopal Day School provides a program of academic excellence while preparing children to live responsible lives in a community grounded in the Christian faith. Through care and nurturing, Grace Episcopal Day School inspires learning, builds confidence, and promotes a desire to succeed.

Click here to visit the Grace Episcopal Day School website





Holy Comforter Episcopal School
Tallahassee, Florida

Holy Comforter Episcopal School believes that each child is a unique creation of God. Our mission is to nourish the spirit, challenge the mind, and strengthen the body in a Christian environment, encouraging each child to achieve his or her maximum potential as a contributing member of society.

Click here to visit the Holy Comforter Episcopal School website





Holy Trinity Episcopal School
Gainesville, Florida

Since the early 1970’s, Holy Trinity Child Care Center has been providing high-quality education to the children and families of Gainesville. In 2014, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church will open a brand new school. A long-time dream of the Holy Trinity community, the school will accommodate 130 children on one campus and contain a dedicated Chapel.

Click here to visit the Holy Trinity Episcopal School website





San Jose Episcopal Day School
Jacksonville, Florida

San Jose Episcopal Day School was founded in 1950 as a mission and ministry of San Jose Episcopal Church and is dedicated to offering a superior educational program built on a Christian foundation where we educate mind, body, and spirit. Our strength is in the graceful partnership that the school shares with the church and its community. The school and the church are united philosophically, recognizing the importance of a strong relationship.

Click here to visit the San Jose Episcopal Day School website





Trinity Episcopal Parish
St. Augustine, Florida

Trinity Episcopal Learning Center is an educational ministry of Trinity Episcopal Parish for two-year-olds through pre-kindergarten. Our purpose is to prepare young children in a loving, Christian environment to reach their potential before entering kindergarten. We use a well-rounded developmental curriculum created for the young child’s special ways of learning.

Click here to visit the Trinity Episcopal Parish website

The University of the South Sewanee

Holding a place in the Common Ministry Budget of our diocese, and known familiarly as “Sewanee,” The University of the South is the only university in the nation that is owned and governed by dioceses of the Episcopal Church, specifically the 28 dioceses of the southeastern United States. With historic roots in the Anglican ecclesiastical and academic traditions, Sewanee welcomes people of all faiths and offers a lively environment for active worship in the Episcopal tradition, which includes a commitment to service and an openness to intellectual discourse.

The bishops who founded the University of the South included theological education as an essential part of their dream for a great university. By 1878, the Episcopal Church formally opened a seminary at the University of the South. The School of Theology has added countless bishops to its alumni ranks. Grounded in scholarship, Anglican heritage, and faith, the School of Theology at Sewanee represents the best in theological education for the clergy and lay leaders of tomorrow. Degree programs of various types prepare priests and lay persons for ministry.

Bishop Howard elected 24th Chancellor

The Right Rev. Samuel Johnson (John) Howard, VIII Bishop of the Diocese of Florida, was elected the 24th Chancellor of the University of the South on October 9, 2012, by the University’s Board of Trustees. Bishop Howard succeeds the Right Rev. J. Neil Alexander, who was appointed Sewanee’s Dean of The School of Theology in summer 2012. Bishop Howard, a member of Sewanee’s Board of Trustees since 2004 and of the Board of Regents since 2007, received an honorary degree from the University in 2004.

The Chancellor, elected from the bishops of the University’s twenty-eight owning dioceses, serves a six-year term and is president, ex officio, of the Board of Trustees and a member of the Board of Regents. As Chancellor, while continuing as Bishop of Florida, Bishop Howard will provide leadership and counsel to the University’s Vice-Chancellor and Board of Regents.

The University of the South - Sewanee

“I am most honored to have been elected to this position by my colleagues and look forward to the exciting opportunities ahead,” Bishop Howard said. “It is a particular joy for me to serve in exciting and joyful ministry in our Diocese and at Sewanee.

Click here to visit The University of the South Sewanee website
Click here to visit the School of Theology website