In early 1988, local Orthodox believers petitioned Metropolitan Theodosius to start a new mission in Savannah. These believers began travelling to St Mary of Egypt Church in Atlanta where they eventually met Mother Terri and Fr Peter Smith. In January 1989 an organizational meeting was held by several Orthodox families in Savannah, and out of this meeting St Mary Magdalene was born.
In May 1990, St Mary Magdalene moved into a storefront facility on Skidaway Road. In June of that same year, the community's first permanent priest, Fr Adrian Pollard, along with his wife Matushka Xenia and their son Daniel arrived and began ministering to the community.
In 1995 the community moved to rent a space on Bay St in Savannah, where they stayed until October 1999.
In October 2001, Fr Adrian left St Mary's for another assignment, and in March 2002 the community received its second pastor, Hieromonk James (Bohlman).
In May of 2002 the community purchased a 1.82 acre tract of land in Rincon. On June 2nd after the Divine Liturgy, the whole community of Orthodox believers of St Mary Magdalene drove to the property for a Cross-planting ceremony, thereby claiming the land for God. On December 14th, 2002, the community moved into their new building, and held their first Divine Liturgy in Rincon on Sunday, December 15th, 2005.
In February of 2006 ground was broken for the construction of the parish’s new Church. The first service was celebrated in the new building on August 13th, 2006. On June 3rd, 2007 His Eminence the Archbishop Dmitri consecrated the new Temple of St. Mary Magdalene, and sealed relics of the holy Martyr St. Alexander of Rome within the newly consecrated altar.
The community has faithfully worshipped in Rincon since that time. In 2018, Hieromonk James retired and in July 2018, the parish received their third priest, Fr. Nicholas Hubbard. As we actively worship or Lord, we welcome anyone who is interested to, “Come and See!”