Our Church

St. Raphael’s is the oldest church building on Fort Myers Beach and the first denominational church to be established on Estero Island. It became the seventh in a line of older structures to be presented a Historic Designation plaque. Designed by Cyril Shawcross and Cyril Harby in 1951, St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church was completed in 1953. 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.

The memorial garden at St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church is part of a serene landscape outside the three buildings tucked in under the shade of palm trees on the scenic property.


Priest-in-Charge:  Jean Hite

Office hours 10-3 – Tues, Wed. & Thur. Cell: 239.980.0912

Dear Friends,

I am thrilled to be writing to you as your Priest-in-charge. It is with an exceedingly grateful heart that I have joined you.  I am also deeply honored. It’s been exciting to begin to get to know you and to see the amazing things you all have accomplished here at St. Raphael’s and beyond in recent years (especially during these times of great challenge on so many levels.) I’m loving the feeling of joy that flows so freely and generously in this parish family!
I envision our first months together settling into the parish worship and ministry traditions. (Can’t wait for that first Shrimp dinner in a couple of weeks!) But I especially look forward to getting to know each of you – personally, individually. Our lives as followers of Jesus Christ are all about relationship — about growing in relationship. This is how God continues to grow his Kingdom both in us and among us and through us.
Together we’ll continue to listen, tune in and see where the Spirit takes us! I want to dream with you about what the future will look like. And as we continue to pray for each other and St. Rafe’s, I hope we’ll allow those dreams to form, inspire and direct us!
I look forward with great joy to living and growing and being with you.
May God’s blessings continue to be upon us all!