The people of our congregation join together in many capacities to serve the church and the greater community. Whatever your talent, you can find a use for it in our parish and outreach programs.


Serving Our Community


Along with our partner parish, Grace Lutheran Church, our Blessings in a Backpack program provides 300 children in Oswego schools with weekend meals during the school year, and we cook and serve a meal every third Saturday at Oswego's Salvation Army. Our Prayer and Care Pantry provides toiletries and hygiene products to more than a hundred households referred to us from the county Department of Social Services and local nonprofit agencies. We also collect non-perishable food and monetary donations for our Red Wagon program, distributed to the Human Concerns Center, and build accessibility ramps for the community nonprofit ARISE. To participate in any of these programs, check the Events page for details on when and where, then call 315-343-3501 to let us know you're coming!


Learning Together


We welcome anyone who would like to join in our programs to discuss, read, and explore, many listed on our Events page. We have Sunday School programs at the nursery and preschool levels. For adults, a Bible Study group meets Tuesday evenings. The church book club, Resurrection Readers, generally meets the first Monday evening of the month from September to June. We join with other congregations in our diocese’s Learning Community Initiative. As called for, we offer classes for inquirers and for confirmation preparation. Members of the congregation who are graduating from high school are encouraged to apply for our Higher Education Grant.




We get to know each other through many activities during the year, all announced at weekly services and in the weekly e-newsletter News from the Pews (sign up here) and on our Events page. Besides coffee hour each Sunday, we have annual Harvest Dinners, Pancake Suppers, Parish Picnics, Lenten Luncheons throughout Lent, and baseball outings to Syracuse as well as silent movie screenings and concerts.


Building Use


Many groups and organizations in the Oswego community use the church’s Great Hall during the week — for public performances, meetings, training sessions, rehearsals, and other activities. If you’d like to use our building, please complete our building use form.


For more information on any of these programs, please contact us.

The Rev. Anne Wichelns, Priest

Phone: 315-350-4844
Office hours: 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday and Thursday or by appointment

Anne was ordained to the priesthood in 2007 and has been our priest since 2015. She previously taught high school English. She and her husband, Jerry, are co-vicars at St. Andrews Shared Presbyterian/Episcopal Ministry in Evans Mills, New York. She likes to swim, camp, sing, read, and visit her children and grandchildren.


Erik Filkins, Senior Warden

Phone: 315-532-3065

As senior warden, Erik (right in photo) supports Mother Anne.


Jim Pepper, Junior Warden

Phone: 315-342-5717

As junior warden, Jim (left in photo) assists with administrative responsibilities of the church. He is employed as a retail manager.



A board called the vestry governs our church. The congregation elects its nine members to three-year terms. Vestry members work on organization and planning and manage resources and finances.

Julie Blissert
Jayne Carson
Roger Locy
Lyle Naracon
Doren Norfleet
Inez Parker
Scott Rockwell
Missy Russell
Bob Sarkissian


Resurrection News is the bimonthly email newsletter of the Church of the Resurrection in Oswego, New York. Each issue includes news of the parish, a reflection by the priest, a list of the coming weekly service readings for two months, and a calendar of upcoming parish events.

The more informal weekly e-newsletter News from the Pews includes timely announcements and photos.

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Two Centuries in the Heart of Oswego

The Episcopal church dates its presence in Oswego to 1822. The first parish was founded under the guidance of the Rev. Amos Pardee, a missionary priest from Western New York.

The Church of the Resurrection is Oswego's third Episcopal congregation. It was preceded by Christ Church, organized February 26, 1822, in the westside schoolhouse on Oswego’s Franklin Square, and the Church of the Evangelists, organized July 28, 1850, to serve Oswego residents east of the Oswego River. These two merged and formed the Church of the Resurrection in September 1971.

The present-day church retains many tangible ties to this history. Its building occupies the last site of Christ Church and uses its chapel, which opened in 1884. The altar in Resurrection’s chapel originally served in the Church of the Evangelists. Buried in the churchyard are Sarah Pardee Hayden, believed to be the Rev. Pardee’s granddaughter, and her husband, Brig. Gen. Julius Hayden.

The Episcopal church approved the ordination of women to the priesthood in 1976. In 1984 the Rev. Kathleen Adams-Shepherd became the first woman to lead the Church of the Resurrection.

The Episcopal church will celebrate its 200th anniversary in Oswego in 2022.

Christ Church, final edifice, 1857 - 1973

Christ Church, final edifice, 1857 - 1973

Church of the Evangelists, 1851 - 1971

Church of the Evangelists, 1851 - 1971

Chapel, 1884 - present

Chapel, 1884 - present


During a Sunday morning service, we usually hear three readings from the Bible’s Old and New Testaments. We use the New Revised Standard Version, widely acclaimed and supported as a Bible for all Christians — Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox.

Book of Common Prayer

The Book of Common Prayer, one of the major works of English literature since its first edition in 1549, contains liturgies, prayers, theological documents, and more.


The latest edition of the Episcopal Hymnal presents classic texts and a prophetic vision, aiming to address the church of the future as well as the present. It covers all major historical periods, reflecting and speaking to a variety of cultures.

Revised Common Lectionary

The Revised Common Lectionary, used in common by mainline Protestant churches, presents Scriptural readings for Sundays and Holy Days throughout the year. Sunday lessons typically include a reading from the Hebrew Bible, a Psalm, a reading from the Epistles, and a Gospel reading.

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