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
We are an Easter people. Being Easter people means we live in the freedom that comes from knowing we are loved by God. It is not an abstract, warm, fuzzy feeling kind of love. It is love that is backed with power and strength, the same power and strength that defeated everything that is not of God. When we find ourselves thrashing around in the muck and mire of bad choices or unexpected circumstances, we can trust that God is present. We can rely on God's guidance and we can expect that God will provide the gifts we need. Over the next fifty days we will hear stories written by those first Christians who themselves were amazed at what had been made possible. Over and over again, through the power of God, they saw lives transformed and discovered new ways to live faithfully in a time of strife and confusion. God was present at every turn. Peter found his voice. Thomas found his trust. The body of Christ grew exponentially. Today, we are just as human and fraught with fear as they were and we have the same charge as they did--to represent Christ and his Church. May we follow their example as we continue to serve courageously and live faithfully.
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.