Be a part of what God is doing at St. James! St. James in downtown Hendersonville, N.C., is a growing and energetic parish that seeks an associate rector who can dive into all aspects of priestly ministry with a collaborative, thoughtful, and compassionate spirit. At a church our size (650 members/250 ASA), the associate works in close partnership with the Rector in all aspects of parish ministry—regularly preaching, offering pastoral care, presiding at Eucharist, and attending Vestry and applicable ministry team meetings.

The associate will also have primary responsibility for new member integration and for developing formation opportunities: supporting a thriving children’s ministry, engaging with our youth group, empowering young adults and spiritually minded seekers and creating innovative programming and opportunities for adult discipleship and learning.

As associate, you will be joining a collegial staff at a parish known for its warm welcome, its first-class music program, engaged lay ministers and leaders, and an enthusiastic willingness to be creative and try new things.

You will also be living and working in the Blue Ridge Mountains with hiking and biking trails, golf courses, and other outdoor activities. Our local community has a thriving arts and music scene as well as good public schools, with both traditional and year-round calendars and options for dual-immersion language education and school-system wide strings and youth orchestra programming.

Our ideal candidate will take their faith and calling as a priest seriously, but not take themselves too seriously. They will be rooted in the grace and mercy of God in all things, have strong communication, digital, and organizational skills, share a love of the Sacraments, and have a passion to serve Christ’s Church. Humor, creativity, initiative, and an ability to embrace and engage with diverse beliefs across the spectrum of life are key to a meaningful ministry at St. James.

To apply, send your resume, cover letter and OTM to the Rev. David Henson at david(at)stjamesepiscopal(dot)com.