has been the rector at Parish of the Messiah since September 2012. Previously, Father James served for 14 years as Associate Chaplain & Religious Studies teacher at Saint Mark’s School, an independent, coeducational boarding and day school located in Southborough, MA
He holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude as an English-Honors major. Before his ordination to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church, he was an English teacher for 16 years. He taught writing as well as English, American, and World Literature. Prior to his tenure at Saint Mark’s, he served as the Anglican Chaplain at the Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Center. His parish experience includes serving as a priest in two parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire.
Father James is the author of The Riches of the Word of God: Homilies of an American Priest and is working on another book. He spent many summers living and studying in Israel/Palestine, and much of his ordained life has been involved with ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, especially among Jews, Christians, and Muslims. He is particularly interested in Holocaust studies and was invited to speak at the 2012 biennial International Conference on Holocaust Education in Jerusalem. He also is a commissioned presenter of the method of Centering Prayer for Contemplative Outreach.