On August 7, 2010, the Rt. Rev. James M. Stanton, sixth Bishop of Dallas, commissioned the Rev. Joel A. Prather and his family as missioners for Allen. Inspired by the sixth-century bishop St. Augustine of Canterbury, who revived Christianity in England and founded a church dedicated to our Savior Christ, the new church was called Church of the Savior. With support from St. Philip’s, Frisco, a launch team was formed soon thereafter, and the seed congregation began meeting in Father Joel’s living room.


On March 3, 2011 – Ash Wednesday – Church of the Savior held its first public worship service at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel. Later that year, the first Sunday Mass was held on August 21 at the home of the Strain family. Soon afterward, the young congregation began celebrating Mass at a local Kids ‘R Kids, where they remained for two more years. The current altar, lectern, and credence table go back to this time.

On September 15, 2013, the first service was held in the current building at 110 South Alma Road. Finally, on November 9, 2013, the Diocese of Dallas granted mission status to Church of the Savior at its annual Diocesan Convention.


 I. The Rev. Joel A. Prather, August 7, 2010 – May 18, 2014

II. The Rev. Michael W. Hurst, September 1, 2014 – July 8, 2018

III. The Rev. Donald J. Griffin, December 1, 2018 – Present