Who We Are

We, the congregation of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’), an Episcopal Church, honor God by following the teachings of Jesus to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. With God’s help...

We are an inviting, welcoming, sustaining, and loving community.


We honor and celebrate our differences and uniquenesses.
We respond to the needs of others in the parish and in the community.
We preserve and build upon the beauty, tradition, and heritage of this sacred place.
Inreach and Outreach

We address our goals through weekly worship and prayer, inreach to the members of our congregation, and outreach to our local, national and international communities. As stewards of God's gifts, we contribute our time, talent, and treasures to programs such as St. Peter's food cupboard, Trinity Memorial's and Old First Reformed Church's homeless programs, the Seaman's Church Institute, Philabundance, Project H.O.M.E., Ronald McDonald House, Heifer Project International, our sister churches in Guatemala, and others.

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Our community views ourselves as friendly, open, accepting, relaxed and welcoming. These attributes are what most new members cite as their reason to join Gloria Dei. Here's what some of our congregants have to say:
Jaime and Nora Konowal and son Teddy

At Gloria Dei, we found a community where we feel welcomed, accepted and loved. We were married here, baptized our son here, and look forward to many more years of friendship and fellowship.

Sara Eisenstein and daughters Bella and Gigi

I want my girls to be part of a church community that celebrates their achievements and also holds them up when times are tough. A community of outreach, helping those less fortunate, where all are welcome. We found that at Gloria Dei.

Jeremy and Karen Onyshczak, and daughters Ailsa and Lilia

We came here looking for a church to raise our children. We found at Gloria Dei, a community that embraced our family. One that welcomes diversity, and teaches our girls about spirituality in action beyond Sunday services

Richard and Jeanette Woehr, and grandchildren Uri, Mackenzie and Moriah

Gloria Dei has been a constant place of worship for our family since 1820. It is a welcoming tradition and is a special place for us.

Jim DiPlacido

When I first came here I didn’t know anyone. I felt so comfortable I stayed. I feel like I belong.

Angelique Guido and daughters, Cherokee, Dakota, and Navajo

It takes a village to raise a child. At Gloria Dei we feel loved and cared for. We feel like family.

Joe & Dolores Collins

We enjoy the services at Gloria Dei. Everyone is so friendly. We feel comfortable and happy here.

Connie Twist

I’ve been a life long member. My family began worshiping here in 1903. This is my home.