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Emmanuel Episcopal Church was established in 1858.


A pioneer work of art built of native fieldstone dug from Southern farmland in the 19th century, Emmanuel Episcopal Church is the oldest public building in the city of Opelika and among the oldest in Lee County.


Emmanuel has been a mission church for most of its 150 year history.


In 1996 the church was renovated by Holmes & Holmes of Mobile, ALabama, with great care given to maintaining the architectural integrity of the 1872 building.


Emmanuel Episcopal Church is located at 800 First Avenue, Opelika, Alabama 36801.


If you are interested in becoming a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, call the Parish Office at (334) 745-2054 or send an email to to request your Letter of Transfer to Emmanuel.


If you are a visitor to our church, we cherish your interest, and look forward to getting to know you better. Please sign our guestbook at the front door.












Organized in 1858, Trinity Mission was admitted to the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama on May 5, 1860. When the first church was consecrated on this site in 1862, it was renamed Emmanuel, meaning "God With Us." That building was destroyed by a tornado in 1869. The cornerstone for the present church was laid on Easter Day 1872. Built of native fieldstone from the Nelson and Sarah Carruthers Clayton Plantation north of Opelika, Emmanuel is the oldest public building in Opelika. Born of hope during Reconstruction, this little stone church stands as a testament to pioneer faith and endurance and remains a living monument to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Historic Marker

Historic Chattahoochee Commission

Opelika Historical Preservation

and Emmanuel  Episcopal Church

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