Who We Are

 As an Anglican church in downtown Charleston, the Cathedral Church of St Luke and St Paul exists to worship God through beautiful, accessible Anglican worship. As we are formed in the gospel, we seek to love our neighbors, communities, and city. This is where the heart of God meets the heart of Charleston.

Our Mission

Being the Heart of God for the Heart of Charleston

Our Vision

The Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul is a diverse, urban, Anglican community being formed in the beauty of the Gospel that exists to worship God and love our city.

Our Values

Common Prayer

To Know and Love God

Common Life

To Know and Love One Another

Common Grace

To Know and Love Our World

Common Good

To Know and Love Our Neighbor

Our Leaders

Dean and Rector

Peet Dickinson serves as rector and dean of the Cathedral. His role involves leading, preaching, and shepherding the people of the church. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Peet has degrees from Wake Forest University and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Before being called to the Cathedral in 2009, he previously served as youth minister at Church of the Redeemer in Orangeburg and as associate rector at St Michael’s in Charleston. Peet is married to Jenny, and they live in the Westside neighborhood with their two daughters, Mae and Ellen, and their son, Bo. Contact Peet

Canon for Cultural Engagement

Patrick Schlabs leads in the areas of worship, teaching, and mission. He grew up in the Texas Panhandle and later led musical worship in a large non-denominational church. After moving to Charleston in 2011, he attended Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and was ordained as a priest in 2015. He joined the staff of the Cathedral in January of 2016 . Patrick is married to Meg and they have three children- Judah, Bridget, and Merryn. They live in Charleston’s eastside neighborhood. Contact Patrick

Director of Operations

Jessica oversees all administration and operations at the Cathedral. She grew up in Mt. Pleasant and has degrees from Winthrop University and Regent College. She has lived in Vancouver, Oxford, Hong Kong, and Denver and brings vast experience from the non-profit world. Jessica currently lives in downtown Charleston and is pursuing a masters in Christian clinical health counseling at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Contact Jessica. 

Contemporary Worship Leader

Anna is responsible for all contemporary worship musicians and vocalists at the Cathedral. She grew up around the southeast and is a graduate of the College of Charleston. Before joining our staff, Anna worked at a summer camp and taught Spanish to elementary students. She is married to Don and they live in North Charleston with their daughter Ruth. Contact Anna

Student Ministry Director

Hunter leads the student ministries at the Cathedral. He was born in Denver, but grew up in South Carolina. He attended Columbia International University where he studied youth ministry and philosophy. Prior to coming to the Cathedral, Hunter served churches in Irmo and Columbia. Hunter is married to Karina and they call Radcliffe Street home. Contact Hunter

Building and Grounds Manager

Anthony Royal is responsible for all the buildings and grounds of our historic church. He is a native of Charleston, South Carolina where he graduated from Burke High School. Since accepting the call to serve  at the Cathedral in 1995, Anthony has worked hard behind the scenes as our sexton.  Anthony is married to Stacy, and they have six grown children and 2 grandchildren. Contact Anthony.

Choral Ministry Director

Larry Speakman oversees our Cathedral Choir. Originally from Philadelphia,  Larry holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and East Carolina University. Before accepting the call at the Cathedral, he led the Concert Singers of Cary, NC and the progressive Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham. Larry and his wife, Ingrid, live in North Mt. Pleasant. Contact Larry

Our Beliefs

We believe that our Triune God is bringing salvation and restoration to his broken creation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Everyone who trusts in the finished work of Christ is made righteous in Christ and invited to join God in his work of renewal in the world.

The Creeds

We are a part of the historic, orthodox Christian Church and holds to the beliefs as outlined  in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. These creeds serve as the touchstones for all faithful Christians and we affirm this through our weekly confession of the creeds in our Sunday worship gatherings.

Our Tradition

Anglicans are catholic

The roots of Anglicanism stretch back to the first centuries of the church. For this reason, we seek to maintain our identity as catholic Christians through our robust commitment to historic liturgy and regular practice of the sacraments. Anglicans seek to embrace elements of worship and theology that have been practiced throughout the history of the Church while continuing to seek fresh ways in which that truth can be expressed in our day.

Anglicans are reformed

As a church birthed out of the Reformation, Anglicans acknowledge that the Scriptures contain everything necessary for salvation. In them, we discover our need for the redemption that is only offered by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. The church is always called to be reforming in light of Scripture, as we seek to submit our traditions and beliefs to its authority.

Anglicans are evangelical

Evangelicalism traces its roots to the First Great Awakening. The movement stressed the importance of personal salvation and the ongoing work of the Spirit in the work of sanctification. This evangelical heritage continues to play an important role in Anglicanism in America and throughout the world. At the Cathedral we cherish these roots and seek to maintain an emphasis on personal transformation while being open to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our church. 

39 Articles of Religion

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This historic document, finalized in 1571, is the clearest doctrinal formulation found within Anglicanism. They were originally penned by Thomas Cranmer, the father of Anglicanism, to outline the doctrine and practice of Anglicanism over and against Roman Catholicism and other churches of the Reformation.

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The two foundations of Anglican belief and practice are the 39 Articles and the Book of Common Prayer. Emerging from the English Reformation, the 39 Articles serves as the primary doctrinal statement for Anglicanism while the Book of Common Prayer provides the shape and substance of public and private devotional life. 

The Book of Common Prayer

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Since the earliest days of the Anglican church, we have been united by a common order and form of worship, outlined and prescribed by our Book of Common Prayer. Although this book has undergone various changes and adaptations through the centuries, its familiar rhythms and language bind Anglicans together in common praise of our Triune God.

Cathedral History

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Since 1816 the Cathedral has sought to bear witness to the gospel on the corner of Coming and Vanderhorst streets in Charleston. Though the church was founded by planters and built by the hands of slaves, God has mercifully allowed the church to bear witness of Him through sin and despair, through grace and hope. Despite a past marred by sin and a present mired in change, we believe that God has called the Cathedral Church of St Luke and St Paul to continue this witness as the heart of God for the heart of Charleston. 

Anglican History

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Anglicanism began as a reform movement in the catholic church in England that sought to reclaim the authority of the Bible and the doctrine of justification by faith. Since that time, our church has seen the restoration of historic worship elements and the renewal of evangelical faith. At its best, Anglicanism continues to incorporate each of these movements into the ongoing life and worship of our church.

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The Cathedral is a part of  the Anglican Diocese of South Carolina and a member of the Anglican Church in North America. We are committed to an episcopal form of church governance and are submitted to the leadership of our bishop, Mark Lawrence and our Archbishop, Foley Beach.

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