Founded and designed by the Rouse Company in the 1970’s, Columbia was built on a key principle that all faith traditions should share space and work together, and so five interfaith centers were created in the new town. Within these shared spaces, which came to be known as interfaith centers, each congregation retains those elements that distinguish it from any other congregation.
The Wilde Lake Center is shared by two congregations: St. John the Evangelist, a Roman Catholic Church Community, and St. John United, a Methodist/Presbyterian Church (USA) Community. The congregations that call the Center home refer to it as the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. Its official name is the Wilde Lake Interfaith Religious Center, Inc. Located at 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia, MD 21044, the Center is adjacent to the Wilde Lake Village Center and across the street from Wilde Lake High School. The Center is available for meeting and event space with the broader community at modest fees when not in use by the resident congregations.