Rev. Angus McKay Porter, led the congregation to parish status — laying in 1903 the cornerstone of the church at the corner of Ivar and Prospect Avenue (later Hollywood Boulevard). Around this time, Porter collaborated with Bishop Joseph Horsfall Johnson to change the church’s name to St. Stephen’s, Hollywood, from St. James’ Mission, Colegrove.
While waiting for their new church to be completed uptown, Episcopalians held services in a hall shared with local Roman Catholics, who went on to became Hollywood’s Blessed Sacrament Church. Laying the foundations for the continuing interfaith cooperation in ecumenical and outreach activities by St. Stephen's and LA Diocese.
Rev. John Arthur Evans led St. Stephen's for “15 fruitful years,” as one account reads. Mrs. Evans, who is said to have “had a more than ordinary green thumb,” began the tradition of “showplace gardens” at St. Stephen’s Church and rectory. The parish’s nearby Ivar House was noted for its lush and fragrant plantings. Rev. Evans departed in 1919 to serve the then-forming congregation of All Saints’, Beverly Hills.
In the 1920s, for reasons that need documentation, a sizeable group of parishioners left St. Stephen's to form the Parish of St. Thomas the Apostle, whose Gothic-inspired church now stands at the northwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Gardner Street, not far from the city of West Hollywood.
Rev. Charles Howard Perry began as rector in 1947, the cornerstone was laid in 1954 for St. Stephen’s current white stucco church. The new church’s tower was soon visible from the Hollywood Freeway, built at roughly the same time. Rev. Perry would serve St. Stephen's until the early 70s.
An engineer by profession, Rev. Forest “Frosty” Riek was ordained from St. Stephen’s and pastored the congregation for some 25 years before retiring in 1999. It was in these years that unprecedented ministry began to the homeless, and St. Stephen's tradition of inclusive and progressive theology was cemented with services offered in Spanish and Korean and acceptance of gay and lesbian parishioners.
Rev. Jaime Edwards - Acton becomes rector of St. Stephen's and helps to reinvigorate the community to confront rising problems in the community that include homelessness among adults and youth, traffic and development issues, and economic disparities as stark as the contrast of million-dollar homes in the Hollywood Hills and the shrinking amount of affordable housing in the flatlands.
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