St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church
Hope, Healing, & Hospitality on Fort Myers Beach
As our culture is experiencing significant change, church must shift the way we see and do things to stay relevant. Some call this a paradigm shift – a change in perception as dramatic as no longer believing the earth is flat! It is profound and can be challenging. St. Raphael’s is a place where we seek. We love and honor the question, regardless of what the question is. If you are thinking that this Sunday, next Sunday – or any Sunday – may be the right time for you to seek and question, we invite you to join us at
St. Raphael’s. Pastor John Adler
In person service is, for the time being, suspended. Please visit our Facebook page and YouTube channel and worship with us online until we can again safely gather. View our latest service below.
Wednesday Healing Service will continue at 10:00am on Zoom. Look for the email with log in information to join us for the service.
About our Pastor
While Pastor John Adler of St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church is entitled to be referred to as The Rev. Dr. John S. Adler, he prefers to simply be called John. John Adler was born in 1942, in Harvey, Illinois. After serving in Vietnam as a pilot, he completed active duty in 1967 as a Captain.
After serving his country, John went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialty in Labor Relations. He then completed Law School at I.I.T. Chicago-Kent College of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor degree.
By 1986, John felt called to attend Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, graduating in 1989 with a Master of Divinity degree.
In 1999, he was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary with a specialty in Congregational Development.
John married Wanda L. Billings in 1962. They have two children, A. Christine and John Stuart. His hobbies include photography and tennis.
Pastor John can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
About our Church
Architecturally, St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church is a modern mission style building in the shape of a cross. Officially designated as a historic building in 1953, it was created solely by the devotion of islanders using local materials – sand, coquina, and limestone.
In early 2017, the carpet was removed and the concrete floors, originally laid in five different pours and featuring coquina, was acid washed in bronze.
Our Shrimp Dinners
A St. Raphael’s Tradition
Shrimp Dinners at St. Raphael’s Episcopal church have been held for so long they’re now a firmly-entrenched tradition. Held six times per year on Saturday evenings during our beach season, food service runs from 5 – 7 PM. Reservations are not needed. Eat in or take out!
More in 2021.
About our Vestry
The Vestry is the elected lay leadership team of St. Raphael’s. Any member can be reached by sending an email here
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5601 Williams Drive
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Parish Office: (239)463-6057
Pastor’s Cell: (239)571-3600
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