A Message From Our New Priest Associate

I am very glad to announce that we have hired The Rev. Randolph Charles to serve as our half time associate.  Randolph’s primary focus will be adult formation. He will be with us two weekdays a week and every other Sunday.  A particular grace to me is that Randolph has repeatedly expressed that his primary goal is to support me in my ministry.  Another grace, is that we both enter into this relationship with the clarity that this is a season of discernment for Saint James’ and for Randolph.  During this season, I am grateful for the gifts and spirit Randolph brings to Saint James’ and am confident you will find him to be a refreshing addition to our community. – Ben+

rev-randolph-charlesHello, Saint James’ Episcopal Church. On Tuesday, October 4, I will begin ministry with Ben, your rector, and you, the people of Saint James’. Let me introduce myself.

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.