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Updates from the Vestry and/or Search Committee are listed with the most recent, first:

Posted on Thu, November 30, 2017 at 5:48:00 pm


The Search Committee is now accepting parishioner nominations for candidates to be considered for the position of rector of St. James Episcopal Church. Please submit your nomination here.


Posted on Fri, November 24, 2017 at 5:05:00 pm


The Search Committee is in the final stages of completing our St. James Profile Book to introduce our parish to potential rector candidates. The goal is a completed publication in January 2018. The work on this profile has revealed to the committee the amazing and wonderful work our St. James family does within and outside our church.

The following are just a few facts and figures about St. James: Average Sunday attendance at worship services is about 300; over 100 adults regularly participate in various religious education opportunities; our Day School serves nearly 300 students in PreK-3 through grade five.

In 2016, St. James reported 246 Sunday Eucharists with an additional 249 weekday Eucharists. The parish celebrated 18 marriages and 24 burials during this same period. Twenty-six individuals were baptized in the parish, including two candidates older than 16 years of age.  A total of 15 individuals were confirmed and eight were received into the Episcopal Church. Total operating revenues in 2016 were $1,363,991 with the majority of these funds generated from the signed pledges of 367 church members.

Our parish survey revealed some profound and inspiring quotes from parishioners, including, “As the song goes: they will know we are Christians by our love — and that love includes reaching out to all people, especially those who are less fortunate and who are powerless — we have the resources and the power to make our community a better place and we need to do it.”

Your Search Committee members are humbled and awed by the love and work of our parish family. This search for a new rector for St. James is a spiritual journey for each of us on the committee and we continue to ask for your prayers as we continue our work on behalf of all our St. James family.


Posted on Sun, October 15, 2017 at 9:09:00 pm


On Sunday, October 15, 2017, the Rev. Canon Shannon Manning gave a presentation on the parish survey results, and further detailing the search process at St. James.

Her slides are in PDF format, here. The video is below:




Posted on Sun, September 10, 2017 at 4:57:00 pm



Take me right to the video.

Agenda of September 10, 2017 Parish Update Presentation:

  1. Opening Prayers - Joe Reynolds
  2. The Love of Christ Always report - Gerry Sulzer
  3. Staffing update - Joe Reynolds
  4. Rector Search Committee - Helen Campbell & Trey Roberts
  5. Reorganization of the Vestry - Joe Reynolds
  6. Stewardship & Finances - Joe Reynolds
  7. Closing Prayer - Joe Reynolds



Posted on Tue, August 29, 2017 at 3:15:00 pm



By Helen Campbell, Co-chair

The Search Committee had its first meeting July and will continue to meet regularly in our search for the new rector of St. James Episcopal Church. Trey Roberts and Helen Campbell co-chair the committee and want to introduce the members to the parish.

Trey and his wife, Nancy, are lifelong Episcopalians. They have three children attending our Day School. Trey has served on the Vestry, Associate Vestry, Day School Board of Trustees, and as head of the usher team. He is currently chair of the finance committee and member of the St. James Place board of dirctors.

Helen and her husband, Bill, have been members of St. James for more than 40 years. Helen has served as president of the St. James Day School Parents Guild and the Day School Board of Trustees. She chaired our sesquicentennial celebration in 1994 and was senior warden. She is an active member of St. Joan, St. Martha’s Guild, and Gumbo. She retired from St. James in 2012 as our Director of Lay Ministries where she chaired committees on stewardship and planned giving.

Charlie Frey is a third-generation member of St. James, married to Ashley, and father of three children. He has served on the Vestry, as president of the Associate Vestry, and on the Long-Range Strategic Planning Committee. He continues to enjoy his roles as an usher and member of the Holy Grillers.

Catherine Harrell is another lifelong Episcopalian. She is married to Chris and they have four children. Catherine serves on the Altar Guild, and is a member of the Mission & Vision Steering Committee created as part of our recent Strategic Plan.

Bob Israel and his family have been members of St. James for more than 40 years. Bob has served on the Vestry and Associate Vestry, and for many years he led an adult Bible study on the Gospels. Bob is an usher at the 10:30 services.

Bahin Leonard is a lifelong Episcopalian and married to Frank. Bahin is a graduate of EfM and presently on the lector team, member of the Outreach Committee, Altar Guild, and St. Joan. She has also served as treasurer of Gumbo and works on our Christmas feast for the homeless.

Andy McCall is a lifelong member of St. James and he and his wife, Julie, were married here. Andy has served on the Associate Vestry, the 2015 Stewardship Campaign, and as junior warden.

Jay Noland is a lifelong member of St. James; he and Elizabeth were married at St. James. Jay has served on the Vestry, Associate Vestry and is currently a member of the Day School Board, and the St. James Place Board of Trustees.

Susan Rolfs is a lifelong Episcopalian, married to Emile. Susan has been active in many areas of church life serving on the Altar Guild, the Property Committee and the Vestry. She has served as president of the ECW and as co-chair and chair of Gumbo. Susan is also an active member of St. Joan.

Julia Spaht grew up attending All Saints Episcopal Church in Atlanta. She is married to Carlos and they have two daughters. At St. James she has been involved with the Mom to Mom Ministries and the Newcomer Ministry.  Currently, she serves on the Children’s Council, as a Sunday School teacher, and is secretary of the Associate Vestry.

John Sykes served as co-chair of St. James Gumbo 2017. He is married to John Carpenter. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, John spent two years as an Episcopal missionary teacher for the Church of the Province of Kenya, and has taught confirmation classes at St. James.

Martha Vasquez is a lifelong Episcopalian and has been a member of St. James since 2013. Martha and her husband, Jeremy, have two daughters. Martha currently serves on the Children’s Council, a discernment committee, and as treasurer of the Day School Parents Guild.

The first major task of the Committee is the preparation of a parish-wide survey. The survey will go out to the parish in September. Several forums will be scheduled for parishioners to express their views on the church and qualities of a future rector. From the information received in the survey and the forums, a parish profile will be produced.

The next step will be a meeting with the Canon to the Ordinary, and then the Search Committee can begin gathering names.

There is no fixed deadline for the search for a new rector. Names will be received from interested clergy, from the Office for Transition Ministry (OTM) of The Episcopal Church, and by parishioner nomination.

All nominations must be vetted through the Canon to the Ordinary, and all nominations will be kept confidential.

The committee welcomes hearing from the parish and looks forward to a successful search process. We invite you to follow our progress, and let us hear from you.

Return to this page for updates and reports. Our comment form is available at stjamesbr.org/scmessage.


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A Prayer for our Search

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP, p. 818


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