The Rev. Jay SidebothamPriest-in-Charge
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It’s been my privilege to serve as part-time associate rector on the clergy staff of St. James since July 2013. I preach, teach, preside at the liturgy, lead bible studies, and lead chapel services for our children. When I’m not engaged with the St. James community, I work for Forward Movement in a new ministry called RenewalWorks. I’m out of town a lot, visiting with churches around the country to focus on spiritual growth. I'm grateful to be part of the St. James staff. I’ve known St. James for a while. My wife and I were married here in 1985, and many subsequent important family events have unfolded at St. James, all of which is to say that this church means a lot to me and my family. We have two adult children: John Reid and Helen. I’ve been ordained since 1990, after graduating from Union Seminary in New York, and have served parishes in Rhode Island, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, New York City and suburban Chicago. I love work in the church, but also do a lot of cartooning and artwork. I enjoy spending time at Wrightsville Beach, and am grateful to get to see the ocean so often.
The Rev. Chris HambyAssistant Rector
Chris Hamby was born and raised in the horse capital of the the world in Lexington, Kentucky. Chris attended Transylvania University before joining the Young Adult Service Corps and serving for a year as an Episcopal Missionary in Nagoya, Japan. Chris attended Virginia Theological Seminary and joined the new Ministry Resident Program which allowed him to serve at Christ Church, Alexandria for two years before joining the family at St. James. Chris is an avid Kentucky basketball and football fan, technology nut, and music lover. He is involved with eformationvts.org and missionalvoices.com.
Rev. Deacon Kitty DavisDeacon
In 1999, Rev. Deacon Kitty Davis perceived a call to the ministry. Following a period of discernment, she entered the program to become ordained as a Vocational Deacon in the Episcopal Church. She currently serves the Bishop at St. James Parish in Wilmington, North Carolina where she is involved in outreach projects, teaching, pastoral care, and preaching. Her diaconal ministry is Hospice.
Kitty is also a board certified licensed psychological associate who is currently in private practice in Wilmington. She received her BA in English from Duke University in 1974. She married and raised two children and then returned to school to complete her Master’s Degree in psychology. In her private practice, she specializes in the areas of grief, addictions, and relationship issues.
She has been married for 39 years. She has two children and three grandchildren.
Erin BeckerDirector of Communications
My background is a little unconventional but that has led me to be a more well-rounded marketer. I started out in undergrad as a Studio Art Major and a few years after graduation I decided to pursue my Masters in Business Administration. Once I had my MBA, I joined a regional commercial real estate firm as their Digital Marketing Associate then Marketing Director. Now, I’m excited to bring my experience to St. James Parish and start a new adventure with my husband here in Wilmington!
Cookie CantwellYouth Ministries Coordinator
Cookie Cantwell first came to St. James as a Youth Ministries Consultant. This position morphed into a full-time Youth Ministries Coordinator staff position, where the focus continues to be on building authentic relationships with Jesus Christ among the young people within the Parish and throughout the world. Through fun, friendships, Bible studies, service projects, mission experiences, music, and worship, young people and the adults who accompany them on their journey of faith strive to provide meaningful opportunities to grow spiritually within a Christian community. In addition to enjoying her ministry among our youth, Cookie also enjoys her family, Happening, Province IV Youth Ministries, hiking, kayaking, needlepoint and reading.
Wes ClewisProperty and Maintenance Manager
Wes is a man of God who is guided by Christ to serve his family and community. He is a Wilmington native who joined the St. James family in November 2016. Wes and his wife, Sara, have been happily married since 2014. He is also the proud father of two beautiful daughters, Bryanna and Destiny. Wes loves bass fishing and the Washington Redskins. Before coming to St. James, he served the Cape Fear area as a master carpenter for over 20 years.
Maria HollopeterFinancial Administrator
Bio and Photo coming soon
Andre Kevin Hubbard was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on Halloween, which he dubbed “Hallowed be Thy Name Day” instead. Andre moved to Atlanta when he was a young man and has only been in Wilmington for the last three years. With a heart lead by the Holy Spirit, his goal in life is to make as many people as possible happy.
Bill McKenzieFacility Administrator
Bill McKenzie, a long-time member of the Parish, will be succeeding Don in the Facilities Administrator position. Bill is a commercial property appraiser with a broad knowledge of building and property management. Bill has been actively involved in the life and ministries of the Parish having served on Vestry, worked as a team leader on the breakfast crew and continues Lead Verger duties this summer at Mt. Lebanon Chapel.
John SullivanDirector of Music
John Sullivan first began working at St. James Parish in September of 2006, both as a music teacher in the St. James Day School and also as a tenor in the St. James Choir. In November of 2006, John joined the parish office staff, producing the Sunday bulletins and the weekly Grapevine newsletters, while also serving as the administrative assistant to the Rector. John began as organist and choirmaster at St. James in 2010, where he plays the organ for Sunday morning services, in addition to leading both the adult choir and the children’s choirs. Prior to assuming the position as music director at St. James, John was organist and choirmaster at Grace Episcopal and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Whiteville, NC. John came to Wilmington from San Francisco, CA, where he was a tenor in the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys and administrator of the cathedral music office at Grace Cathedral for 12 years. A cradle Episcopalian, John grew up in New Jersey where he sang as a boy chorister in the choir of men and boys at Christ Episcopal Church in New Brunswick. John has a Bachelor of Music in piano from Ithaca College, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Rutgers University, and a Master of Music in Kodaly Music Education for Children from Holy Names College in Oakland CA.
Amy TaylorSt. James Day School Director
Ms. Taylor received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Davidson College and her Initial Elementary Education Teacher's Certification from UNCW.
What drew you to teaching? "All children are precious to me! Seeing a child feel safe and loved brings me great joy. And the look on a child's face when they figure out that they are capable is priceless. What a delight and privilege it is to work with children at SJDS!"
Favorite Snack: "Fruit, followed closely by brownies."
Hidden Talent: "Memorizing important dates, especially birthdays!"
Jerry WorleyOffice Administrator
Jerry most recently served as Church Business Administrator at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church here in Wilmington and is familiar with the broad aspects of managing a Christian organization of our size.
Jerry is a native of East Tennessee and is a graduate of Carson-Newman College with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and Accounting. He served in the U.S Air Force as a radar controller and has worked as a corporate credit manager in the furniture industry. He is a member of the National Association of Church Business Administrators and helped start their Coastal Carolina Chapter which meets locally.
Jerry is married to Phyllis and they have one son, William who is married to Denise and they have five children. Wil was installed as Associate Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Mt. Olive, NC in September. Jerry is the bi-vocational Pastor of Currie Community Baptist Church in Pender County.