Endowment Committee

The Endowment Committee was recently established in 2013. Our committee celebrates the prayerful and careful planning that allows for support, care, maintenance and improvement of the church’s buildings and ground, as well as to support and advance out Christian mission outside the parish. Our purpose is threefold…

  • Restore, support, benefit and maintain St. James’ Church and its buildings and ground
  • Support and benefit the mission of the church outside of the parish
  • Assure the faithful execution of the specific terms of gifts made to the church.

To find out more about this ministry, please pick up one of the brochures located on a table near all the doors leading into the sanctuary, or contact Barry Hamilton at

History Committee

“Digging into St. James’ rich past, and its relevance to the present and future, is a rewarding experience.”

In 1996, at the request of the Priest-in-Charge, a History Committee was formed for the purpose of collecting historical material on St. James’ Church, having been established in 1816, and Hamilton Parish, established in 1730. Over the years, the committee has developed an extensive file of written material, photographs, and objects which is kept in the Archives Room on the ground floor, and is available to interested parishioners for research purposes or simply to peruse. It is also a source for responding to public inquiries. In 2012, the committee produced a weekend of events to celebrate the centennial of the present edifice that included special services, music, tours, exhibits, and a Power-Point presentation on the church’s history. Earlier, it prepared and published a brochure on St. James’ Church that continues in use for Vestry Minutes

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Hospitality Committee

“I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

In the past this committee, also known at some churches as Greeters and Shepherds, was integral to incorporating new members into our church family. Soon it will be off and running, and we need volunteers.

Interestingly, this is the perfect committee for relatively new members to join, because you most understand what it feels like to walk into our community. You do not need an extensive knowledge about the church, because you can always get back to a newcomer with an answer to their question. All you need is an engaging smile and an outreached hand. It really is all about “how you made them feel.” Please consider joining this vital ministry and help make St. James’ the most welcoming church in town! Please contact Rev. Lyn at: lyn@saintjameswarrenton or call the office 540-347-4342.

Stewardship Committee

Stewardship Committee work is fun. No, really, it’s a lot of fun. We have divided the committee into three teams: membership, ministries, and fundraising. If you join our committee, you find out who belongs to this huge family we call the St. James’ community. You hear about what it was that attracted them to our community of faith, whether it was a year ago or two generations ago. You talk with leaders of ministries who are passionate about their service to God, our church, and the broader community around us. You build “the case” for why St. James’ deserves to receive peoples’ hard earned money so that we can carry out our mission and ministry into the world. Stewardship gets at the heart of what it means to be part of the Body of Christ. As Charles LaFond writes in his book Fearless Church Fundraising, “I am giving because I was designed in the image of God who is creator, lover, and giver…we are seeking to live as redeemed and divine creatures, to reclaim the Garden of Eden, one square foot at a time.”

So please consider joining our committee and be a driving force that makes our light burn brighter in this community, as St. James’ proclaims the Gospel through beautiful worship, meaningful connections within the church community, and engagement with poor and marginalized people—all for the glory of God.

Please contact Scott Christian at

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