Meet the St. James' Clergy and Staff
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'.
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."
Dr. Steven Cooksey
Director of Music, Choirmaster, & Organist
There is a stanza in Fred Pratt Green's great hymn, "When in Our Music," which reads: "How often making music we have found a new dimension in the world of sound, as worship moved us to a more profound, Alleluia." My life at St. James' centers around the tasks of locating, preparing, and performing all manners of music which I am hopeful that will lead us to a more profound "Alleluia." In this work, I have been assisted by not one, but several generations of St. James' parishioners. The results of our labors are to be heard every Sunday in the hymns, anthems, solos, organ, and instrumental music. This "world of sound" is ever fascinating and challenging. How lucky I am to be a part of this particular universe.
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.
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.
Adán has been a part of the St. James' family for 15 years. He is responsible for taking care of the church through cleaning and maintenance. Adán is dedicated to his work and enjoys seeing the happiness of others around the church. He finds comfort in the church and does what he can to help provide a space where others can also seek that comfort. Adán is from Morelia Michoacan, Mexico and came to the United States in 2007. Outside of church, Adán loves spending time with his family and his husband of 3 years, Dj. Adán has a flower business where he makes beautiful flower arrangements for various events.
Gustavo del Callejo
Gustavo became a part of the St. James' family in April of 2022. He is responsible for taking care of the church on Sundays. Gustavo enjoys being around the people of St. James' and keeping the church in good condition for the people who come here to worship. He is always eager to help others. Gustavo is from Cochabamba, Bolivia and came to the U.S. in 2021. Outside of church, Gustavo enjoys spending time with his wife. Gustavo also works in maintenance at Hilton Suites in Leesburg.
Meet the Preschool Staff
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.
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.