Meet the St. James' Staff

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The Rev. Dr. Chad Martin

Rector

Fr. Chad comes to us from St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, where he served as an associate for worship, evangelism, new membership, and Men of St. Martin's. Fr. Chad is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Music (voice), and from Missouri State University, where he received a Master of Music. Following his call to be ordained, Fr. Chad attended Virginia Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Divinity in 2009. In May of 2021, Fr. Chad received his Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Fr. Chad's calling has followed a year-long process led by the St. James' Discernment Committee, and was guided by the Diocese of Virginia. Fr. Chad's knowledge and experience, as well as his personal qualities, and strong, Christ-centered spiritual leadership give us all great confidence in Fr. Chad's commitment to our community and the future of St. James'.

Email the Rector here.

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Kay Gregg

Verger

For more than 10 years, Kay Gregg has served as Verger of St. James' at all worship times. She completed the year-long course to become a Fellow of the Vergers Guild of the Episcopal Church in 2011. Kay became a member of St. James' in 1999 and immediately joined the staff as a volunteer and then became a full-time employee, holding various staff positions for more than 20 years. Kay retired as the Parish Administrator/Registrar in 2021. Kay is a native of Newmarket, England, and came to the United States upon her marriage. She is now a naturalized American citizen. Prior to joining St. James', Kay worked for Xerox for 25 years. When asked what she values most about serving as a Verger, Kay replied, "It is a blessing and a joy for me to serve the Church so devotedly in this role."

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Dr. Steven Cooksey

Director of Music, Choirmaster, & Organist

We are so blessed to welcome and receive our new Rector, The Rev. Dr. Chad Martin. Fr. Chad comes to us from St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, where he served as an associate for worship, evangelism, new membership, and Men of St. Martin's.

Fr. Chad is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Music (voice), and from Missouri State University, where he received a Master of Music. Following his call to be ordained, Fr. Chad attended Virginia Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Divinity in 2009. In May of 2021, Fr. Chad received his Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Fr. Chad's calling has followed a year-long process led by the St. James' Discernment Committee, and was guided by the Diocese of Virginia. Fr. Chad's knowledge and experience, as well as his personal qualities, and strong, Christ-centered spiritual leadership give us all great confidence in Fr. Chad's commitment to our community and the future of St. James'.

Email the Music Director here.

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Elizabeth Bullock

Director of Communications & Administration

Elizabeth joined the St. James' family in August of 2021 as the Director of Communications & Administration. She holds the responsibilities of creating the bulletins for all St. James' services, sending out the weekly e-Pistle newsletters, managing daily office activities, and connecting with the St. James' community by continuously improving our communications. Elizabeth earned her bachelor's degree in creative writing and literary studies from Roanoke College in 2018. She then went on to earn a master in publishing and communications from George Washington University in 2020. Elizabeth has traveled to 16 countries, has a great love for books, and enjoys spending the evenings with her cats, Levi and Leo.

Email the Director of Comm & Admin here.

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Kade Utz

Accountant

Kade serves St. James' as an external Accountant from Halstead & Halstead, PC. His responsibilities  include: processing all donations, issuing giving statements, maintaining tax forms, processing bills, and assisting the Treasurer and the Finance Committee. Kade received his Bachelor's of Accountancy from Pensacola Christian College in 2020. Kade spends his time outside of work with his family and being involved in his own church.

Email the Accountant here.

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Adán Cortes

Lead Sexton

We are so blessed to welcome and receive our new Rector, The Rev. Dr. Chad Martin. Fr. Chad comes to us from St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, where he served as an associate for worship, evangelism, new membership, and Men of St. Martin's.

Fr. Chad is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Music (voice), and from Missouri State University, where he received a Master of Music. Following his call to be ordained, Fr. Chad attended Virginia Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Divinity in 2009. In May of 2021, Fr. Chad received his Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Fr. Chad's calling has followed a year-long process led by the St. James' Discernment Committee, and was guided by the Diocese of Virginia. Fr. Chad's knowledge and experience, as well as his personal qualities, and strong, Christ-centered spiritual leadership give us all great confidence in Fr. Chad's commitment to our community and the future of St. James'.

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Gustavo del Callejo

Sunday Sexton

We are so blessed to welcome and receive our new Rector, The Rev. Dr. Chad Martin. Fr. Chad comes to us from St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, where he served as an associate for worship, evangelism, new membership, and Men of St. Martin's.

Fr. Chad is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Music (voice), and from Missouri State University, where he received a Master of Music. Following his call to be ordained, Fr. Chad attended Virginia Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Divinity in 2009. In May of 2021, Fr. Chad received his Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Fr. Chad's calling has followed a year-long process led by the St. James' Discernment Committee, and was guided by the Diocese of Virginia. Fr. Chad's knowledge and experience, as well as his personal qualities, and strong, Christ-centered spiritual leadership give us all great confidence in Fr. Chad's commitment to our community and the future of St. James'.

Meet the Preschool Staff

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Janet Stayrook

Preschool Director

Janet Stayrook joined St. James' Preschool in September of 2000 as a teacher. She taught in 2s and 3s programs for 14 years. Janet was then promoted to Co-Director and continued to teach for 10 years until she became the Preschool Director in 2015. Prior to working at St. James' Preschool, Janet was employed as a manager and business administrator. She is married and has two grown children, both of which attended St. James' Preschool. When she is not at the Preschool, Janet enjoys time with her family, her dog, Cooper, her friends, cooking, exercising, and traveling. Janet is fluent in English and Spanish.

Email the Preschool Director here.

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Laura Heyer

Preschool Administrative Assistant

Laura joined the St. James' family in October of 2005 as the Administrative Assistant for St. James' Episcopal Church. In October of 2007, Laura became the Administrative Assistant for the St. James' Preschool. She is responsible for managing the Preschool office and finances, as well as assisting with Summer Camps, the Preschool registration process, fundraising, mailings, staff meetings, and other areas as needed.  Outside of St. James', Laura enjoys teaching swim classes at Ida Lee Recreation Center and coaching the Summer swim team and youth bowling league in Leesburg. Laura loves working with children.

Email the Preschool Admin Assistant here.