The Parish of St. John's consists of nearly 150 families and over 225 members. Our youth comprise nearly 1/4 of our Parish, and it is exciting to watch them learn and grow in the Anglican tradition.
We are growing at a steady rate each year, and our pews are often filled with newcomers and students from Utah State University. During the summer we also welcome our "Summer Citizens" who worship with us during their stay visiting from Sun City.
St. John's Church was founded on February 5, 1873, by the Right Rev. Daniel S. Tuttle and the Rev. William S. Stoy. They were among the first passengers to arrive in Logan on the first railroad train into the town. It was the first non-Mormon church founded in the Cache Valley.
Another first for St. John's occurred during the years from 1873 to 1896, when the parish operated Cache Valley's first public academy, St. John's School. In the early 1900s, the parish also offered the Logan community its first lending library, installed the first indoor shower in the basement, and constructed the area's first lawn tennis court. The church also provided a reading and relaxing room for Utah State University students.
One of St. John's important firsts came about in 1910, when the parish sponsored Troop Number One, the first Boy Scout Troop in the United States west of the Mississippi River. During World War I, St. John's was the headquarters for Red Cross work in Cache Valley.
In 1909, the present "western-romanesque-gothic" church building and parish hall were completed and dedicated under the auspices of the Rev. Paul Jones and the Rev. Donald Kent Johnston. Today, these structures are listed on the Utah register of historic sites.
After some lean years that closed the church from 1928 to 1942, St. John's re-opened on a full-time basis in 1946.
In 1983 the large Champ Memorial stained glass window was installed. It enhances the south facade of the church building depicting scenes from the Gospel of St. John.
The growth of the congregation has been startling to some. The home immediately west of the parish hall, Champ House, was purchased in 1997. Our building project was completed in the fall of 2004, which increased the size of our facilities and made them all wheelchair accessible.
The witness to the Gospel in the tradition of the Episcopal and Anglican churches continues to grow and thrive in Utah's Cache Valley at St. John's. You are welcome anytime.
About Logan and Cache Valley
Church is located in Logan, a growing university town in northern Utah, home to Utah
State University. Logan is the principal city in the Cache
Valley, a high agricultural valley running north-south between
soaring mountains. Logan, at 4,775 feet, is nestled along the foothills of the Bear River Range, a north-south mountain range with peaks above 9,700
feet, extending into Idaho.
Just east of town
is Logan Canyon—the most scenic route to Jackson,
Wyoming, and Grand
Teton and Yellowstone National
about four hours away. Half an hour up this winding canyon is Beaver Mountain
Ski Area at 8,900 feet; just over the summit and 40 miles from town is popular Bear
Lake, a state recreation area and headwaters of the Bear River.
Across the valley rise the
9,300-foot Wellsville Mountains, part of the Wasatch Front Range extending south past Salt Lake City to Provo.
Both mountain ranges are within the Wasatch-Cache National
Logan is 85 miles and a 1.5-hour drive from Salt Lake City, Utah’s capital. The shortest route is US 89, a four-lane
highway winding over Sardine Summit below the Wellsville Mountains and down to meet Interstate 15 outside of Brigham City, 25 miles from Logan.
Other Churches About three-fourths
of the population in the Cache
Valley belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
(LDS or “Mormon”). There are approximately. Other denominations are represented
including Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Baptist, Quakers, and Episcopalian,
as well as some small charismatic and evangelical independent churches. Logan’s population also includes Unitarians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists,
and other religions, as well as many people unaffiliated with any organized
Church participates with the Lutheran, Catholic and Presbyterian
churches in a youth ministry, Holy Week activities, and other Christian observances.