“Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in?’”-- 2 Samuel 7:5
St. James Episcopal Church has been in the heart of Baton Rouge since the early days of the city. Originally located on what was known as Church Street, St. James currently stands at the corner of Fourth and Convention Streets. Our original church was constructed in the 1840s and survived tornadoes, yellow fever, the Battle of Baton Rouge, occupation in post-Civil War years, and Reconstruction.
The church building we know today was financed with a capital campaign seeded by the Easter Offering of 1890. By the spring of 1895, St. James had begun construction of the new building — the church we know and love today.
The first services in the new St. James Episcopal Church were conducted on June 21, 1896. The building was celebrated as a magnificent new church and adornment to the city of Baton Rouge, and is now 120 years young.
St. James Episcopal Church is today a vibrant member of downtown Baton Rouge and an important member of the league of churches located here.
The parish’s footprint has changed and grown over the years, increasing with a Day School as well as additional ministry facilities and spaces.
St. James has an active community of spiritual leadership, lay leadership, and volunteers working cooperatively to provide spiritual, educational, social, and service ministries to the Baton Rouge area.
We are a parish community of 1500 members. Our Day School community comprises about 300 families. Our outreach through mission and ministry reaches another one thousand persons throughout the area, providing lunches and breakfasts to many. Our founding and continuing connection to St. James Place extends the reach of our community to another 300 people.
Today, our historic church building is in need of special care and repairs.
Following a successful campaign for funding in late 2016 and early 2017, work now begins. Follow along in the photo gallery below as the work progresses: