About Us

Welcome to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico

Las_Cruces_Episcopal_Church_160Thank you for taking the time to visit our website!
We would like to welcome you to visit St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. We are celebrating 100 years (and counting) that we have served Christ in our community of Las Cruces!

Come check us out! We are a parish with a love for each other and a desire to share that love with others. It is our aspiration to be a Christ-centered parish that provides spiritual growth to her members and Christian service to the community. Our worship is from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.

We hope you will join us at St. Andrew’s in our life together in the service of Jesus Christ.
“Digging Deep Wells So Others May Drink.”

Our Vision

“Digging Deep Wells so Others May Drink” is about being the Church. It is about mission and ministry inside and definitely outside the walls of St. Andrew’s. Digging Deep Wells is about helping each other live as vibrant Christians in a culture where followers of Christ are sometimes indistinguishable from other people. Digging Deep Wells is about supporting our parishioners in their daily living to transform their everyday arenas into opportunities for mission and ministry.

Our History

100 years of serving Christ in the Las Cruces community! St. Andrew’s celebrated its centennial in 2014, marking a century of Christian service to our local and global community.

The Episcopal Church came to the Mesilla Valley in New Mexico in 1875 when the St. James mission was established in Mesilla Park. In 1905 the Rev. Hunter Lewis, more informally known as “Preacher Lewis” was called to St. James Church. He was passionate about establishing missions up and down the Rio Grande Valley. One of those missions was St. Andrew’s. The cornerstone of St. Andrew’s was laid on November 30, 1913, and it was organized as a mission on April 15, 1914. The original building still stands and is known as Kendrick Chapel, named after Bishop Kendrick. The present church was built in 1962 with a “Gathering Space” added in 2001 under the then rector, Fr. Jim Galbraith. Our present Rector, the Rev. Canon Scott Ruthven, DD, was called to St. Andrew’s in August of 2003.