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    { We're Glad You've Visited }

    We welcome you and invite you to enter into a deeper exploration of a community that shares the love of Jesus Christ with each other, our city, and the world. It takes more than a few words to describe a parish, but there are two things we can tell you right away: we are committed to Jesus Christ and from that commitment flows our care for one another and our ministries. In every ministry and program, we at St. James' Church on Madison Avenue at 71st Street invite you to enter more deeply into the life we share in Christ. We hope you will join us.

    The Rev. Brenda G. Husson, Rector

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    { Worship With Us }

    8:00 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Chapel)

    9:10 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Church)

    11:15 a.m. | Choral Eucharist

    6:00 p.m.  |  Candlelight Communion

    Mon. - Thur., 8:00 a.m.  |  Morning Worship

  • { Getting Here }

    LOCATION: Madison Ave. between 71st and 72nd Streets

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    OFFICE PHONE: (212) 774-4200

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    { First Time Families }

    We've found that St. James' mix of rich Anglican tradition and innovative, fun family worship and programming is just the right recipe for helping kids know God's love.

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    When you come to church at St. James', you can expect to find...

    SPACE TO PRAY. Our services include hymns, prayers, and time for silence, as well as Communion and sermons that connect our Scriptures to our lives.

    SPACE TO BE YOURSELF. Worshipers at St. James' come from many different places, backgrounds, and perspectives.

    SPACE TO MAKE CONNECTIONS. Whether it's your first time or your thousandth, there's always an opportunity to get better connected with God and one another. Join us at coffee hour or stop by the Welcome station on your way out. We look forward to meeting you.


2017 Vestry Elections

Your church . Your leaders . Your call.

The St. James’ Vestry, our elected governing body, is comprised of parishioners who represent a broad spectrum of our community and are responsible for the “temporal affairs of the parish,” for stewardship of church money and property, personnel, and program development and oversight. Their work often goes unnoticed, but each member has a passion for, investment in, and commitment  to our life together in faith. So when you come to worship, you can focus on what’s really important. 

Voting begins April 30. Learn more about where, when, and how to vote. 

Candidate for Warden


Sam Hutcheson

Family: Dorothy (spouse); Holly (adult daughter)

Occupation: Director of Operations, Saint Peters Church (ELCA)

Personal Statement: In our very sophisticated New York culture, we are usually unwilling to discuss and deeply explore our most valuable gifts — no, I’m not talking about money! I’m talking about relationships, with each other and with God. “To share the love of Jesus Christ…” is the mission of St. James’.  If we can’t talk about it, how can we share it? Our recent emphasis on small groups and spiritual development is definitely the right direction for this church at this time. If we learn to talk more freely about our spiritual lives we may even learn to talk about our stewardship!

Candidates for Vestry Member


Gerlinde Brixius

Occupation: Vice President, Commercial Bank of HSBC Bank USA

Personal Statement: I was first drawn to St. James’ because I needed a church home, and the sanctuary reminded me of our churches in the Austrian Alps. Before I knew it, I was drawn into a range of community services and amazed with how much energy serving returns. I also believe in life-long learning and that the ongoing spiritual direction received at St. James keeps me “out of trouble”, and a productive member of the community. Being part of the Vestry is one important way to give back, and support our thriving community.


Tristan Bultman

Occupation: Art Advisor

Personal Statement: Most important to St. James’ is building a sustainable future to ensure all the ministries, community, opportunities and resources remain available to this generation of parishioners and many to come.  The spirited family and youth programs and homeless outreach, such as the Friday night dinner program and shelter, is the cornerstone of our community. Our mission ministries are vital locally, nationally and globally and must continue to be engaging.  To do so, we must encourage the generosity of each parishioner while nurturing new members to enrich our ministries. It’s important that we take steps now, large and small, to secure a bright future for all who come here to worship, and invest their participation in our mission. 



Stephen de Francesco

Family: Gerard Flynn, married at St. James’ May 1, 2012


Personal Statement: Last year in this message, I spoke of our political discourse being overwhelmed by voices of intolerance and exclusion. We now find ourselves living in the aftermath of a national election that has rocked our country to its core, and caused many to question what we stand for. As Christians, as members of St. James’ Church, what should we do? Last year, I wrote that we are called to live in love, not fear, and to stand as a community against these destructive forces. I wrote of my joy in seeing the wide diversity of new faces in the pews every week, the increasing number of baptisms and confirmations, and the growing interest in exploring what scripture really has to say about how we are to live in the world and to treat each other. Now more than ever, we must strengthen these commitments, stand with all “the others” who are unjustly persecuted, and declare unequivocally that in Christ — and in our nation — there is no division and we are all created equal. St. James’ has an admirable history as a “mission” church, a progressive leader in expanding God’s domain, through feeding the hungry, caring for the poor, sick and elderly, and advocating for social justice in our city and our world, to name just some of our programs and activities. I pledge to continue that mission if chosen to serve this parish on the Vestry.



Susanna Guffey

Occupation: Attorney

Personal Statement: Growing up as the daughter of a minister, I have had exposure to diverse church settings and communities. What has most impressed me about St. James’, is the ability of the clergy and congregation to bridge generational gaps and create experiences where we can grow and learn together as children of God. I have seen this first-hand as a member of the Catechumenate, while teaching middle-schoolers, and by serving in the Friday Night Dinner program. There has never been an occasion at St. James’ where I have not felt welcome or where I could not reach out to another parishioner. I hope to continue this practice to strengthen ties within this church family. I would love to see more young adults serving with youth and children in meaningful ways — whether teaching Sunday School or accompanying retreats and mission trips — so that our kids can see that the transition to spiritual life as an adult is possible (and fun and important). I want more opportunities where we can have conversations with each other about our personal journeys of faith together and more ways to serve our surrounding community — not just as young adults, but together as a community of parishioners of all ages and experiences.



Guisi La Carra

Occupation: Italian teacher at the college level

Personal Statement: The implementation of St. James’ priorities is the ongoing mission of the Rector and the clergy, through the education of all ages, welcoming of diversity, and caring of the needy, extended to different communities outside the church and the country.  At St. James’ we learn and grow in our spiritual journey, we sing and pray together during services and in many other settings, and we understand the importance of our stewardship, often incremented with personal giving of services, love, and companionship where they are needed. 


Elizabeth Littlejohn

Family: Andrew (spouse); Drew (son)

Occupation: Independent Art Advisor

Personal Statement: I am honored and humbled to be considered as a candidate for St. James’s Vestry. My family and I are extremely grateful to be part of our special community, and I am proud to have contributed in numerous capacities over the years. If elected, I will look forward to serving our congregation in an even more meaningful way. Spiritual growth — as individuals and as a community — is a priority for me, as is continuing to make St. James’s a welcoming place for all newcomers, particularly families and the newly baptized. Although I currently am a regular attendee of the 9:10 a.m. service, I value St. James’ broad reach via its multiple services, liturgies and music programs — all of which allow the greater congregation to feel connected to God and to each other.


Anne L. Strassner

Family: Sandy Feldman (spouse); Julia and Samuel (adult children)

Occupation: Lawyer

Personal Statement: It should be our priority to further the initiative we have taken to foster and support the spiritual development of each parishioner.  That is something people need, and often cannot find elsewhere.  It is enhanced by the support of a sound community.  It is also an essential underpinning for everything that we do and hope to do at St. James’, from worship to fellowship to mission to stewardship.  It has been inspiring to serve with Wardens, Vestry, clergy and staff who are all committed to that effort and its expression through small groups, adult formation, prayer, mission, and everything else that we do.