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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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    { Sundays }

    8:00 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (East Green, Central Park, E 72nd St)

    10:00 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Church)

    | Register for our in-person services | 

    | Or join us online at 10:00 a.m. | 

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

    Mon. - Fri., 5:30 p.m.  |  Evening Prayer

  • { 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.


Clergy & Lay Staff



The Rev. Brenda Husson


Brenda Husson has been Rector of St. James’ since All Saints Day (Nov. 1), 1996. Her history here is a bit longer, however, as she was also Associate Rector from 1988 until 1991 and then Interim Pastor from 1991-1992. As Rector, Brenda’s work leads her into every aspect of St. James’ life - from worship and preaching, to pastoral care and leadership development, to budgets and administration. She is passionate about preaching, loves pastoral care and teaching, and those opportunities to talk with parishioners about their own journeys into deeper relationship with God through Christ. She and her husband Tom Faulkner, a sculptor and Episcopal priest, have a son, Chris. When not at St. James’, Brenda can be found swimming laps, at the theater, or just spending time with the men in her life, including the family dog, Quique.

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The Rev. Zachary Thompson


Zack has been an Associate Rector at St. James' Church since July 2017. In order to draw others into the full life of St. James', he is primarily responsible for parish life, new member incorporation, and pastoral care. Working closely with the Rector, the Vicar, and lay leadership, Zack is committed to the work of forming disciples of Jesus who show forth with their lives what they profess with their lips. Zack is passionate about cultivating a transformative sacramental imagination. Prior to joining the staff at St. James', Zack served as an associate priest and as a rector in Atlanta. Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, Zack earned his M.Div. at Emory University and a Master of Sacred Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South, where he defended a thesis on the theological vision of Rowan Williams. Zack is married to Amy, an elementary school educator, and they have two sons, Rowan and Ezra. They are all thrilled to be living in the city and worshipping at St. James Church.

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The Rev. Eva Suarez

Associate Rector

Eva Suarez came to St. James' as the 2017-2019 Rockwell Fellow and became Associate Rector at the conclusion of her fellowship. She is passionate about pastoral care and outreach ministry, and the different ways communities can build relationships and follow Jesus. As a newly ordained priest, Eva is excited to learn more about how a big church like St. James' runs and grows. Eva is originally from Washington, D.C. After studying religion at Columbia University, she received her M.Div from Union Theological Seminary and her M.S.W from the Silberman School of Social Work at CUNY Hunter. When not at work, you can probably find Eva exploring the city, catching some live music, or just making a mess in the kitchen.

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The Rev. James Morton

Rockwell Fellow

James became the 2020-2022 Rockwell Fellow after completing an M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary. He enjoys cultivating experiences that help others fall in love with God and is thrilled to be a part of the St. James community. Before seminary, James earned a BA from William & Mary and later served as the deputy director of a nonpartisan political advocacy group. He also spent a summer living alongside the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, a monastic community of the Episcopal Church in Cambridge, MA. In addition to his professional life, James enjoys finding ways to volunteer locally. Past examples include jail ministry, civil liberties work, and service in support of an LGBTQ youth center in Central Virginia. In his spare time, James loves to sail, stay active, read, and listen to podcasts. He also has great affection for creatures great and small, especially dogs.

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Lay Staff


Grace Beacham

Associate for Parish Life

It seems that everyone at St. James’ knows Grace Beacham, our resident Southern Belle and Jill of all trades. Grace has been a part of St. James’ 1990, as a parishioner, staff-person, or both! Grace's deep faith, real love of people, and attention to detail help make St. James' retreats, workshops, newcomer events, and parish-wide functions places where parishioners can come to better know each other and Jesus. Grace and her volunteers are also responsible for the thrift and antique sales that raise money for St. James' Grants Program to support social service agencies throughout the city. Grace loves her job for the many parishioners and visitors she gets to work with all year. Her other great love is, of course, New York City. (“It has never gotten boring after 25 years,” she claims.)

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Zoraida Benitez

Hospitality Assistant

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Sandra De La Cruz

Administrator for Stewardship & Operations

Sandra joined St. James' staff at the end of January, 2017. She has many years of experience in organizational administration, most recently at the Board of Global Missions of the Methodist Church. Sandra was also at one time an assistant in the office of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

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Saadik Desane

Maintenance Assistant



Loraine Enlow

Music Associate for Children & Youth

Loraine joined St. James' staff at the start of 2015. Loraine holds a double-degree with highest honors from the New England Conservatory of Music for viola performance and music theory. At the Conservatory she studied under Alan Fletcher and Marcus Thompson, and was a teaching assistant at the Conservatory for both keyboard harmony and music theory. While at NEC she studied at Harvard University with David Lewin and at MIT with David Epstein. Her graduate work was at the University of Chicago, where she was a Century Teaching Fellow in ethnomusicology, and also Visiting Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, where her work in Coptic liturgy earned her presentations at conferences worldwide. She has also done post-graduate study in early childhood music education at both the Catholic University of America and the Hartt School of Music, and has served as a national adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She is also an active member of the Board of Trustees for VOICE Charter School.

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Rosa Gentile

Administrative Assistant to the Rector

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Vicki Hall

Director of Children’s and Family Ministries

Vicki has been shepherding children and families into the St. James’ community since 1997. A Band Director in her previous life, Vicki received her MA in Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) in Virginia. At St. James', she oversees all of our family and children’s programming - helping little ones become engaged in worship, understand what it means to be Christian, and love their neighbors. Our kids are integral to all aspects of our life in the church, from music to mission and everywhere in between. It’s no surprise that Vicki is often sought-after for answers to questions like: Are the playgroups full or can I still register? Can my daughter acolyte and sing in the choir? Can my son have a speaking part in the Christmas pageant? Where is the fourth grade Church School class? My father is very ill and close to death. Do you have any resources that I can use to help my child through this difficult time? When she isn’t at St. James’, Vicki loves her morning exercise time and her great big family.

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Windsor Jones

Youth Minister & Mission Coordinator

Windsor grew up in Atlanta, GA, and studied music at Northwestern University. He worked as a peer minister at his college ministry, and spent the last year as an Episcopal Service Corps intern at Church of the Common Ground in Atlanta. Common Ground is a church without walls that strives to create a church community for those in Atlanta who are homeless. In both of these roles he has led the music ministry. Windsor is new to New York as of summer 2019, and is excited to learn all of the wonderful gifts the city has to offer, and all the gifts that St. James’ parish has to offer! Windsor enjoys cooking, eating new foods, listening to live music, and riding his bike absolutely everywhere.

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Matthew Leaycraft

Director of Finance & Lay Associate

Matthew Leaycraft joined St. James' staff in May 2015, bringing many years experience in commercial real estate finance and administrative asset management. He was also involved in the work of non-profit management, as a Director for more than twenty years and ultimately Board Chair of the New York City Mission Society and as a board member and then Executive Director of Byrdcliffe, an arts non-profit in Woodstock, New York. Matt is a graduate of Vassar College; he received his Masters of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 2010 and has served as an intern at both the Church of the Heavenly Rest and Holy Cross Monastery. He served most recently as a Parish Associate at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights. He is a retreat leader and spiritual director. Matt and his partner of twenty-three years, Steve Cambron, were married in 2011. We are excited by the skills and experience Matt brings to this work and his clear belief that the work ahead for him and for us is a ministry that can strengthen our proclamation of the Gospel and support St. James' parishioners in their discipleship.

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Cathy McAleer

Accounting Manager

Cathy joined the staff at St. James' in June 2014 with more than fifteen years' experience in corporate and public accounting -- and the intention to find more than gainful employment. Her goal was to find a “home" both at St. James' and in NYC. Born and raised in NJ and a longtime resident of East Brunswick, she raised two sons, Kevin and Daniel, who are her pride and joy! Both her boys moved to NYC after graduating college. Empty-nesters, Cathy and her husband Kevin sold their home in the suburbs to rent an apartment in NYC. High school sweethearts married more than 30 years, they believed it was time for a change of pace and lifestyle. Cathy and Kevin spend their time together exploring the city, embracing the culture, and enjoying more than a few good meals! But most importantly, they enjoy spending quality time with their children and being part of the St. James' community and family.

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Emil Ramirez

Maintenance Assistant

Emil has worked at St. James' Church since the summer of 2006. Prior to working here, he worked part-time at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. He and his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer, were married in March 2013. He enjoys working at St. James' and helping keep God's house clean and maintained.

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Mercedes Rosario


Born and raised in Manhattan, I began at St. James' as a temp receptionist in February 2006, and three months later was hired as full time staff. I have met many interesting people at St. James'. I love that things are never the same here at the receptionist desk, and it helps that I am a people person. (My family likes to call me "a social butterfly!") I have a wonderful husband, Miguel Rosario, who I have shared my life with for the last 29 years. God has blessed us with six wonderful children---Miguel, Christina, Megan, Manuel, Mia, Matthew---and four grandchildren---Miguel the 4th, Madison, Benjamin, and Luis. My family loves going to the mountains in Glens Falls, NY, where we camp all summer long, and the little ones love fishing, canoeing and just exploring nature in all its wonders. Mike and I have volunteered for many years in amateur boxing. He began as a boxer at the age of 6, has won numerous titles, and today is an international referee and judge. I began as fan and became a computer scoring technician, both nationally and internationally. Today I am happy to say that I spend the better part of my day in a place I love with the people I have come to love as my family, the staff at St. James'.

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Stephen Tharp

Artist in Residence

Stephen Tharp has been Artist-in-Residence at St. James’ Church since November 2014, serving as the principal organist for the 9:10 and 11:15 a.m. liturgies on Sunday. Stephen is an internationally-acclaimed concert organist, recording artist, and composer. Learn more at www.stephentharp.com.



Davis Wortman

DMA, Director of Music & Organist

Davis has been at St. James’ since August 2000. As Director of Music & Organist, he plans the music for all of our worship services (including weddings and funerals) and concerts. He also directs the adult choirs, plays the organ for services, presents educational forums about sacred music, and oversee the children’s music program. Most parishioners seek Davis out for information about how they can volunteer to sing or play an instrument in the music ministry. People also call to ask about what our musicians do in the service itself, especially what kind of music we're using and why. Davis is passionate about sacred music and crafting experiences of liturgical music that help draw parishioners more deeply into worship.

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