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  • Greetings,

    Welcome to the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, a community of people from all walks of life discovering the joy of knowing and following Jesus Christ. We gather on Sundays to hear the sacred stories of God’s love and to be spiritually nourished in sharing Holy Communion. Then, inspired by our fellowship, we strive to make God's love a living reality in our lives every day. At Bethesda, Sunday is the high point of the week. So, look around our web site. Then come and join us on a Sunday morning soon.

    Peace, The Rev. James Harlan, Rector

  • Every Sunday is where the life begins at Bethesda. We celebrate the Holy Eucharist with glorious liturgy and music. We also celebrate Holy Eucharist during the week and offer a healing service on Wednesdays. All baptized Christians are invited to participate in the Holy Eucharist when visiting Bethesda-by-the-Sea. It is not necessary to be a member of the Episcopal Church in order to receive Holy Communion. Persons who have not been baptized are welcome to come to the altar rail and kneel to receive a blessing. Cross your arms on your chest as a sign that you will not receive Communion. Click here for our service schedule.


  • FROM I-95

    Take the Okeechobee Blvd East exit (70). Travel East on Okeechobee Blvd to the Intracoastal Waterway. Cross over the Intracoastal Waterway, and continue going East to the second light (South County Road). Turn North (left) onto South County Road, and travel 1/2 mile. The church will be on the Right.


    Click here and scroll to Directions and Parking Information.

  • Having the faith of a child

    Children and youth bring such wonderful life and energy to our community. Bethesda offers a warm welcome to every child, whether parents prefer to bring their children into the worship service, or put them in the special children's worship (when available), or let them enjoy the nursery. We strive to create a place where even our littlest members know that God loves them, where all of us can grow in our faith, and where parents can find their own sense of peace and support.



  • God is Love

    Our worship is formal, intimate, transcendent, reflective, fun, and inspiring. As we celebrate our life together, we focus on God's love for each and every person and encourage one another to seek that loving presence of God. We have communion as an integral part of every service where we share together in a simple meal of bread and wine. While our worship may not be entirely familiar, we encourage everyone to join in as they are comfortable. Read more here.


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The Rev. Burl Salmon

The Rev. Burl Salmon

Associate for Christian Education, Pastoral Care, and Outreach

Father Salmon comes to Bethesda-by-the-Sea after a career in Episcopal education and non-profit work, and he brings a passion for the role of Christian formation in an informed, faithful life, as well as the importance of relationships within a community of believers, as well as outside it.

A native of Natchez, Mississippi, Father Burl took a bachelor’s degree at Millsaps College, double majoring in English and Organ Performance. He completed his Master of Divinity at Yale University and earned a Diploma of Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale as well as a Certificate of Study at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. An educator, Burl has served variously on English, religion, and music faculties at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia, St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia, The Lovett School in Atlanta, and as chaplain and dean at Trinity Episcopal School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Between stints as an educator, Burl led the post-Katrina development efforts and public relations at The Historic New Orleans Collection, an archive, museum, and publisher devoted to the preservation of the culture of the Gulf South.

Burl’s ministry has focused greatly on faith formation and creating the spiritual space to live into who God calls each person to be. He also understands that ministry is relational and built at the intersection where individuals encounter each other and the Divine simultaneously. An artist and an educator, Burl thinks about Christian discipleship creatively and loves the questions of faith as much as he finds strength in the promises of faith. His homilies may reference Giotto and Johann Sebastian Bach one week and include lines from William Blake and Cole Porter the next. Visitors to his study will always find music playing.

Reared in the United Methodist Church and educated at an Episcopal school, Burl returned to the Episcopal Church, the tradition of his father’s family, in college, drawn back to the liturgy and sacramental theology of Anglicanism but retaining a Wesleyan respect for evangelism, personal piety, and faith-in-practice. He was sponsored for the priesthood and ordained in the Diocese of Atlanta.

A lover of things that have come before him, Burl is an avid historian and genetic genealogist. The product of a family long involved in historic preservation, Burl and his husband, Robert Henkel, are restoring Mayes Hall, an 1830s farmhouse in Lexington, Georgia, the hometown of Burl’s great-grandfather. He is a gardener and seeks every opportunity to discover the botanical life of south Florida, which is wondrous in its diversity. Burl is also a runner and is grateful for the flat terrain of coastal Florida

Burl and Bob, a native of Eatontown, New Jersey, and Director of Communications for the American Society of Nephrology, along with their feline companions Belle and Blue, live in downtown West Palm Beach and are delighted to be a part of Bethesda and the Palm Beach community.


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