*Parish records were updated in 2019 to remove inactive members
The mission of the Resource Commission is to facilitate open, clear, and continuous communication within and among all ministries in a structured and accountable manner. In addition the Commission coordinates the work of the many ministries (led by Ministry Leaders) at St. James to ensure that space, time, funds, and all other resources are available to support the various ministry programs as effectively as possible.
The eighty+ ministries here at St James are grouped in 9 Ministry Areas each led by a Resource Commission Liaison. We can be identified by our name tags with a yellow RC Liaison label.
Worship and Liturgy – St. James is blessed with a large volunteer support community for our wide range of worship services. Acolytes, altar guild, chalice bearers, flower guild, lectors, ushers, vergers, Allelu!, the St James choir, and the change ringers were part of over 364 services in 2018. Many volunteer opportunities are available to help celebrate our faith.
Faith Formation – Faith formation is a lifelong journey. We offer a range of programs for each stage of life, including Sunday school for all ages, a Sunday nursery, confirmation classes, vacation Bible school, mission trips, and meditation and dream groups. There are many opportunities for personal, spiritual growth. St James has over 40 youth enrolled in our parish.
Community Service – We have a long history of living our ministry in the community. St James provides outreach to community ministries that provide a framework to answer God’s call to help those in need. Community nonprofits receive funds through St James Charities Foundation, Thursday Thrift Shop, and St James’ Outreach Commission. We feed the hungry, help children locally and internationally, improve community housing, sponsor job training and scholarships for students, give to medical need funds, and so much more.
Parish Life – These ministries help us connect with each other. Parish Life welcomes you to St James the moment we greet you at the church door. Hospitality is offered on Sundays and at special events throughout the year. Opportunities to meet other parishioners are abundant. Many people have been touched by these ministries during the year through our focus to Invite, Welcome, and Connect.
Pastoral Care – The pastoral care provided by clergy and lay members expresses God’s love through support and care of our faith community. This love is offered through taking Eucharist to the homebound and hospitalized, delivering a meal to parishioners healing from injury or sickness, praying daily for specific individuals who need healing, providing companionship where needed, supporting neighborhood groups of parishioners, and offering grief work in groups when appropriate.
Stewardship – Stewardship begins with the belief that all we have—our time, energy, creativity, financial resources, and life itself –has been given to us by God. We invite all St James parishioners to prayerfully consider all that God has shared with them and to share a portion of their time, talent, and treasure with St James.
Communications – Communication is key to “spreading the word” through our monthly Epistle newsletter, website, and various public relations pieces. Our internal communication includes weekly bulletins, email notifications and alerts, the only directory, the annual report, and various ministry brochures and printed information.
Administrative Support – This area oversees the entire campus and day-to-day fiscal responsibilities. The church staff guides and directs critical functions so that St James meets its mission and long-term goals, while supporting each ministry. Our campus serves as a platform for our ministries. The Memorial Garden provides a welcoming place for hospitality and prayer. The building and grounds committee, Wednesday work crew, and sexton keep the facilities in order, so that we can perform the work God is calling us to do. Our worship spaces, meeting rooms, and offices provide paces for performing the administrative framework that supports our over 80 ministries.
The most current Ministry List, which lists all 80+ ministries and each Ministry Leader’s contact information, is placed in the Narthex and Parish Hall.
The Resource Commission Coordinator and the 9 RC Liaisons meet the second Thursday of every month. Most months a Ministry Leader is invited as a special guest to give an overview of their ministry and answer any questions the Liaisons may have. Our website and Annual Report reflect the structure of the Resource Commission.
The RC has charged itself for 2020 to develop a structure within which more parishioners would be encouraged to participate in at least one of our many ministries and to continue to improve our staff and volunteers’ ability to use the ACS, our church software program, more efficiently and effectively.
Our life together as members of St. James Episcopal Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina is guided by our mission and vision statements:
Every member is vital as we follow the example of Jesus’ servant ministry to welcome all, love all, serve all through Christ.
St. James will be a community of passionate servants who live out God’s ever-present love through inspiring worship, faith-forming discipleship, and active ministries that make an impact in the church, the community, and the world.
We strive to adhere to these statements in all of our ministries and our life together, whether they are in helping the community around us or in supporting our fellow parishioners.
Bill Brotherton - I grew up in the Episcopal Church, although my journey has been occasionally "on hold". My wife and I have been in the St. James family for a little over 5 years. We enjoy the warmth and diversity and have clearly received more than we have given. I am a retired physician, and am currently a full time, grateful husband, father and grandfather.
Connie Cooper - I grew up in Florida in the Episcopal Church and my career was in Early Childhood Education. My husband and I raised our children in the Methodist Church, and after they left home, I joined St. James where I have enjoyed fellowship, service and true peace.
Trini Fares- St. James has held a special place in my heart for 25 years. It is here where I have grown spiritually through worship, participating in ministry, and the love and support from clergy and church family.
Kristin Huntley – I have lived in Hendersonville 33 years and have been a member of St James 33 yrs. Married, 3 children, 2 grandchildren. Have fulfilled many volunteer and job opportunities in the community.
Alex Kealy - I grew up attending St. James. After 20 years away for college, grad school and then work life in NYC and Portland, Oregon, I moved back to Hendersonville with my husband and young son. I have been a member of St. James since then. It is my spiritual home.
Bill Medina - I was raised Roman Catholic, my wife Presbyterian. We joined St. James when we moved to Hendersonville in 1995. We have been very happy with the warmth of the St. James community, the beauty of the buildings and services, and the emphasis on social justice and outreach ministries. I am a retired physician.
Carey O’Cain - Retired in 2005 yet actively involved with St James over 15 years. Currently Mayor of Laurel Park and owns with his wife the local Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop.
Gil Rainey – My wife and I moved to Hendersonville 12 years ago and joined St. James shortly after. Not only have we felt at home, but we have also had the joy of seeing our two boys (9 & 12) grow up in the welcoming, loving, and supportive family that is St. James.
David Simler - I moved to Hendersonville from Massachusetts three years ago and was blessed to find St. James as my new spiritual home. The beauty of the church, our services, and our commitment to outreach both locally and internationally have moved me deeply.