The History of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Lago Vista, Texas
On May 5, 1986, a small group of Lago Vista Episcopalians began meeting and worshiping in the home of Reverend and Mrs. David C. Penticuff. As they grew, they moved to several different places of worship including Mel’s Diner, now the site of Lago Vista City Hall. In February 1987, the group moved to the High School Administration Building. Next, they relocated to an apartment building on Dawn Drive.
In 1991, a group of church leaders, with the help of the Diocese of Texas, purchased approximately three acres on one of Lago Vista’s highest points. Construction began and groundbreaking ceremonies were held October 20, 1991.
On April 12, 1992, the 2,800 square foot building was consecrated and dedicated by the Right Reverend Maurice M. Benitez, Bishop of Texas. The church building was designed for 125 worshipers.
In 1993, the bell tower was dedicated. St. Peter’s Memorial Garden was completed beneath a canopy of live oaks with a breathtaking view of Lake Travis and the Hill Country. A six foot wooden cross was mounted on a pedestal of stone to serve as the focal point of a flagstone patio with benches.
The church’s Parish Hall/Educational Building was built in 1999 and was ready for occupancy in early 2000. This 5,700 square foot building was designed for meeting space, offices and classrooms. In 2000, the Columbarium was completed. In February 2005, they purchased two additional lots for possible expansion.
After many years of hard work and dedication by the clergy and parishioners, the mortgage was burned on May 15, 2016 on Pentecost Sunday.