St. James Memorial Episcopal Church was first opened for services on May 1, 1864; the first permanent structure of any kind and as such has become the oldest place of continuing worship in the city. Colonel Edwin L. Drake was the first warden and treasurer of the church and the names of the first governing bodies of the church read like a roster of prominent citizens of this community, indicating that the church had an integral part in the development of the city. To quote Dr. Purdon, the first rector, the building of St. James Church was, "a trial of faith in the midst of doubters." It was he who inspired faith in the future of Titusville in the hearts of so many of the leading citizens of that day. From the inspiration of this beginning, St. James Church has been a source of spiritual growth in good times and not so good times, from inception to present, expressing the love of God through word and deed.
St James Episcopal Church Clergy, Staff and Bishop's Committee
A Word from the Vicar
Everliving God, whose will it is that all should come to you through your Son Jesus Christ: Inspire our witness to him, that all may know the power of his forgiveness and the hope of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (For the Mission of the Church, BCP p. 816)
On Sunday we gathered for the 156th annual meeting of St. James Church. We were able to review the budget, hear various reports and nominate representatives for both the Bishop’s Committee and Diocesan Convention. This is important work, which helps up to focus on the year ahead.
The work of the church however, is measured by generations! In the above collect, we acknowledge that it is God’s will that everyone will come to know God’s forgiveness and love. It is through our witness that this comes to pass. So, the second half of the annual meeting was devoted to addressing how best to ensure that St. James Church would be part of that work for generations to come.
We have launched an ambitious Capital Campaign entitled, “Ministry Today, Multiplied for Tomorrow.” The purpose of the campaign is two-fold. First, we have identified a number of projects that will improve and enhance the infrastructure of the church, stabilizing it for years to come. The goal of that portion is a three-year pledge drive for $190,000.
Second, we have established a legacy program in order to support full time clergy to lead the congregation in mission. The goal of that program is $2,000,000. There is much information already available both online and in print, and there will be more details forthcoming on both parts of this campaign.
This is an exciting time in the life of St. James. The only thing you are being asked to do right now is to pray. Pray for St. James; pray for the leadership and pray for guidance about how God is calling you to participate.
Director of Music
The Bishop’s Committee is the elected governing body of the congregation. Along with the Vicar, the Bishop’s Committee is composed of elected members from the congregation, representing a diverse set of skills and gifts for leadership. In the Episcopal Church, the Bishop’s Committee has responsibility for the “temporal affairs” of the congregation, including the care of our buildings and finances, as well as choosing individuals to fill leadership roles in the congregation, and setting the vision for the congregation, along with the Vicar.