In baptism, Christ calls each of us into community, into the Church, and into the Body of Christ. Parishioners at St. James serve in many ways, from helping lead worship to raising money and awareness for those in need. Please consider each of these ministries an open invitation to serve as Christ calls you.


Acolytes are the service participants who carry the crosses, candles, and other items in procession, and who help in a number of important ways throughout the service.

Becoming an acolyte is a great way to get involved and to learn more about Episcopal worship.

Contact Father Dwyer to learn more

Altar guild

A volunteer group of the parish whose ministry is to care for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish. Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for services, and clean up afterwards. Altar Guild members frequently supervise the decoration of the sanctuary of the parish with flowers.

Contact Sheila Mahlkov or Lynn Dwyer to learn more

Chalice bearers

Lay person licensed by the bishop to administer the consecrated elements of the Eucharist. Lay Eucharistic ministers may be licensed to administer the consecrated bread and wine at any celebration of the Eucharist in the absence of a sufficient number of priests and deacons to assist the celebrant. They may also be licensed to go from a Sunday Eucharist or other principal celebrations of the Eucharist to share the sacrament with members of the congregation who were unable to be present at the celebration because of illness or infirmity. Lay Eucharistic ministers may be licensed for either or both ministries. This ministry is understood to be an extraordinary ministry, and is not to take the place of the ministry of priests and deacons concerning the administration of the Eucharist. Prior to the current lay ministry canons, specially licensed lay readers administered the chalice at the Eucharist and were known as "chalice bearers."

Contact Father Dwyer to learn more

Daughters of the king

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, our vision as Daughters of the King is to know Jesus Christ, to make Him known to others, and to become reflections of God's love throughout the world.

Contact the church office to learn more

Episcopal church women (ecw)

Our ECW is one of the main places for outreach ministry at St. James. The ECW coordinates several projects each year. Some examples are Shrove Tuesday dinner, Christmas at The Bridge, Law Enforcement (Back the Blue) appreciation, and weekly brunch.

Contact Lynn Dwyer or Melina Elum to learn more


St. James coordinates parishioners monetary donations to ERD during Advent. Parishioners can provide much needed items to those in need in developing countries.

Contact Melina Elum to learn more

lay readers

A lay reader is a member of the congregation who assists the minister in the worship service. At St. James lay readers read the Bible lessons and the Prayers of the People. 

Contact Father Dwyer to learn more

Stewardship Committee

This committee uses Project Resource to better understand all resources (budget, talent, time, partnerships) needed for our ministries. The committee hosts several dinner & discussion programs during the year.

Contact Nina Kaufmann to learn more


Ushers greet people as they enter church for worship and assist during the service with the offering, at communion and following the service. This is a vital ministry, one of hospitality and supporting our worship.

Contact the church office to learn more