Where We Pray: At St. Andrew's messages of healing & forgiveness resonate beyond borders of Evanston

CINCINNATI - The Tri-State is rich in the number and variety of houses of worship. In our weekly feature, WCPO shines the spotlight on where we pray.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is on an upswing. After a church with lasted more than two years, the church has a new rector. The Rev. Dr. John Agbaje started at St. Andrew’s in December 2013, after 12 years as rector at  St. James Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, Va.

While Agbaje won’t be officially installed until October, already the membership numbers--which had been on the decline--is climbing.

Services at the church, whose congregation is primarily African-American, now attract 70 to 100 people on a weekly basis. 

"Everyone tries to come to church and enjoy the fellowship," the new rector said.

Agbaje, who is originally from Nigeria, has immersed himself in the culture of his new church. He is learning about the congregation and reaching out to people throughout the Tri-State, not just those who live in Evanston.

WCPO Insiders can read more about the new rector's approach to leading the church and read what one congregation member thinks about the changes at St. Andrews.

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