Not much is known about the church's history before or as the outbreak began. It is known that Fr. Gabriel Stokes served as the pastor there and that the church was owned by him.
The church was a remote establishment pastored by Father Gabriel in what appeared to be a remote community. It was first mentioned in Issue 61 and first encountered by the survivors in Issue 63. Judging from the group's actions, it is within relative proximity to the remote suburban location where the Hunters had made their base..
When the undead epidemic swept the world, Gabriel claimed he took refuge in his church, and later revealed, when pressed by Rick of his true intentions, that he was a coward and turned away all living survivors who sought refuge within its walls, and listened from inside as they all were killed or turned into zombies.
Roughly a year later, Gabriel claimed when meeting the survivors on the road that he left the church due to running out of food and supplies, though it is unknown if what he claims is the truth, as a church logically would not have such supplies, let alone enough to last for a year.
The church was the location of a short stay for Rick's group. Gabriel led the group there in search of shelter after Ben and Billy had tragically perished and Dale went missing. The church appeared to still be intact and uninhabited with blankets, candles, and rooms to use. It was used as cover when two of the Hunters had attempted to frighten the group into scattered submission with warning shots, after dumping the mutilated Dale on its front steps and using him as bait to draw them out.
The group eventually left the Church to continue their journey to Washington, D.C., once the Hunters were killed and Dale was buried.
- Dale - After Dale was bit, Andrea shot him before he reanimated.
- Many unseen survivors who Fr. Stokes let suffer.
- Fr. Stokes Church is a buyable property in The Walking Dead Monopoly.