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The Rev. Canon St. Julian Simpkins became the second Rector of St. Andrew’s in the diocese of southern Ohio in 1958. He came during a period of transition when the church was relocated due to the City’s urban renewal and expressway program. In June 1964, Fr. Simpkins resigned to become Canon for Inner City Work in the Diocese of Rochester. He also served as Rector of St. Simon’s Church in Rochester, NY from 1963 – 1983.
He is one of the 5 signers of the original incorporation papers for the Union of Black Clergy and Laity which changed its name to Union of Black Episcopalians. The national organization was founded in St. Philip’s Church in Harlem February 8, 1968.