Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong Funeral Service

Thursday, September 30th @ 2:00 p.m. | Click for Service Leaflet


The Right Reverend John Shelby Spong’s funeral service will be held Thursday, September 30th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, VA (an additional funeral service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, NJ – see details below).

Clergy who would like to be involved in the entrance procession should arrive no later than 1:30 p.m. and vest (white stoles) in Scott Hall (St. Paul’s parish hall). Clergy who plan to be involved in the procession must RSVP to Rev. Charle Dupree by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28th.

The funeral service will be live-streamed on the St. Paul’s website HERE and on our Facebook page HERE. You can also find a direct link to the live stream feed on YouTube HERE.

Out of an abundance of caution and care for one another, masks will be required, regardless of vaccination status. Due to our distancing requirements, seating is limited. Overflow seating will be available in Scott Hall. If you are unvaccinated, feeling unwell or exhibiting any cold, allergy or flu-like symptoms please watch the live stream from home.

We encourage you to arrive early to park, as there is major construction happening in the area and lane closures are likely. There is parking in the church parking garage off of 8th Street, as well as additional garage and metered street parking on the surrounding streets.

You can read this full announcement and Bishop Spong’s obituary HERE. Memorial donations may be sent to the John Shelby Spong Lectureship at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Richmond (815 East Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23219 or www.stpaulsrva.org/give.