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Our History


1819 – A small group of Episcopalians with no rector formed the beginnings of St. James.
1820 – 1830 – The Episcopal Congregation of Baton Rouge existed without a charter, but with a priest.
1843-1844 – Mrs. Zachary Taylor gathered a group of Episcopalians to receive a charter of incorporation from the Louisiana legislature.
1844 – Founded, first Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge with 20 communicants.
1845 – The Episcoapl community meets to organize “The Church of St. James”, acquires a sanctuary, and organizes a Sunday School.
1887 – Baptismal Font offered in memory of the Union General Thomas Williams, Major in the Fifth U.S. Artillery and Brigadier General of the U.S. Volunteers, from his son.
1894 – Gothic Revival church built, corner of Fourth and Convention.
1896 – First services were conducted in the new building.
1906 – Thirty-three carved lancet panels surrounding the altar are completed by the Rev. Joseph L. Tucker, rector of St. James.
1908 – First mention of “The Messenger”.
1910 – Tiffany windows installed and dedicated.

1948 – St. James Episcopal Day School started.
1951 – The school was given official status as a ministry of St. James Church.
1965 – Episcopal High School established for middle and high school students as an extension of the Day School.
1983 – St. James Place established as a total life-care retirement community.
1984 – Food ministry is established.
1986 – The St. James Needlepoint Guild delivers completed needlepoint kneelers for the altar rail to the church. The project took three years.
2009 – St. James Episcopal Day School recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
2001 – Dedication of the Ministry Center.
2003 – St. James Gumbo reaches its 51st year. “We Care Bags” homeless food ministry started as I CARE. Dedication of Bishops Hall.
2007 – Remaining lancets are filled with new carvings to compliment those of Rev. Tucker, under the supervision of the Very Rev. J. Mark Holland.
2013 – St. James Treble Choir formed.