He holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Episcopal Divinity School in
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 nine 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 this summer at the 2012 biennial International Conference on Holocaust Education in
A native of Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland, Tim emigrated to the United States in 2006 to pursue a doctorate in Music Education at Boston University. Tim has more than 15 years of experience in the field of organ playing and celebrating and arranging liturgical services. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, County Kildare, majoring in organ performance, music therapy, the music of J.S. Bach, Gregorian chant, and chamber choral ensemble. He also holds a graduate diploma in Music Education and a Master of Music in Community Music from the University of Limerick majoring in community music, project management, development, and outreach.
In September 2009, Tim was appointed Music Director at Parish of the Messiah.
The vestry, pictured above in the header, is the governing body of the church. It is made up of members elected by the congregation who have met various criteria such as regular attendance at the church and have made a financial commitment to the parish. Vestry members are charged with authority over the fiscal affairs of the parish as well as working with the rector to discern, articulate, and carry out the mission of the parish.