Saint James’ Episcopal Church, Warrenton

Saint James’ Episcopal Church in Warrenton, Virginia, is a vibrant community of people dedicated to sharing the love of Christ with the world. As we celebrated our bicentennial year in 2016, we are proud of our heritage but rejoice even more in God’s ability to make all things new.

Our weekly worship services are on Sunday at 8:00 AM and 10:15 AM, Wednesday at 12:00 PM, and Thursday at 7:15 AM. We also have monthly Wednesday-evening services which generally start at 7:00 PM. We hope you’ll join us for one of these services, or get involved in one of our many ministries and activities.

Saint James’ Warrenton is an inclusive, welcoming congregation, where children form a central part of our community (and are more than welcome at our services!) and people of all backgrounds, ages and walks of life are embraced by the love of God. Whether you’ve been a churchgoer from childhood or are exploring spirituality for the first time, you are invited to join us at Saint James’!

Our church building is located at 73 Culpeper Street, Warrenton, Virginia 20186. You can call the church office at 540-347-4342, or email us at admin@saintjameswarrenton.org.

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Adult Formation in the Season of Easter

Mission Statement for Adult Formation Adult formation is learning about the faith and being formed by the Triune God through study of religious sources, contemplative prayer, meaningful conversation, and participation in the life of a faith community.  Learning Group Course: Episcopal Identity Dates – Four sessions, offered twice, beginning Sunday, May 7 Primary Book – …

Our Clergy

The Rev. Benjamin Maas | Rector

Ben joined us in February 2013. He returned to Virginia after serving his first ten years of ordained ministry in Louisville, Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Ben is still not sure how he ended up at Virginia Theological Seminary in the fall of 2000, but each year in parish ministry convinces him that the Holy Spirit had something in mind (and a pretty good sense of humor). He stands in awe at the extent to which a community of faith cares for one another and for the stranger.

Born a “Navy brat” in Williamsburg, Ben has lived in twenty places since then. From the Pacific Northwest to the Deep South, from New England to across the pond in Scotland, his family quickly sought an Episcopal or Anglican church to call home with each move. The familiarity of the service and the diversity of those gathered around the Lord’s Table assured him he belonged.

He seeks to assure all people that they indeed belong, that they are made in the image of God and are beloved by God. The opportunity to instill this belief in our young people (through Saint James’ Episcopal School and the various children’s and youth ministries) is a particular blessing. He also has a passion for outreach and is excited to see Saint James’ Episcopal Church grow in ministry to others beyond its doors.

In his spare time, Ben enjoys pretty much anything outdoors and spending time with his family, wonderful wife, Anna, an architectural historian, son, Elliott, and daughter, Lauralee, as well as a slew of pets.

If you would like to learn more about the Episcopal Church or Saint James’, Ben would love to meet you. You can also contact him at rector@saintjameswarrenton.org.

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The Rev. Randolph Charles | Priest Associate

In the summer of 2013, my wife, Joanne, and I began thinking seriously about where we might live in retirement. We wanted both access to a city and a home in the country. Whether it was dumb luck or God’s will, we learned of an 1880 farmhouse on an acre of land in Fauquier County. Three months later, we were settled in our new home near Orlean.

On June 1, 2015, I retired as rector of The Church of the Epiphany in downtown Washington, DC and became a full-time “hobby farmer” with my wife. Joanne, a nurse practitioner, grew up on a dairy farm in New York, and I grew up in a rural town in South Carolina. Getting closer to the earth is in our blood. We call our home “Little Acre Farm,” and we share this sacred space with two dogs, two cats, and four alpacas. Hazel, our black Lab, will have her second litter of puppies in late October. We are so happy about our home and our new lifestyle.

And I am thrilled to begin ministering with you at Saint James’ on a part-time basis. I look forward to getting to know all of you and discovering how I can support Ben and you in the ministry of Jesus Christ.