Clergy

Arthur Jenkins

Born in a small town in northeastern North Carolina, the Rev’d Arthur Jenkins graduated from Hargrave Military Academy, Chatham, VA and North Carolina State University. The first twelve years of his adult life he spent working with the family farm. During this time Arthur met Jesus in a very personal way. His favorite way to describe this is, “I had read the Book, but then I met the Man.” In the mid-eighties Arthur answered our Lord’s call to ministry and earned a Masters of Divinity at Virginia Theological Seminary. Ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, he served two years at Saint James Church, Charleston, South Carolina. In 1992 he was called as Rector of Christ Church, Fitchburg, Massachusetts in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts. After serving in New England for five years he has since returned to Charleston as Sr. Pastor of Saint James Church An evangelical, Arthur’s ministry continues to be rooted in the Word of God and interested in the ministry of reconciliation, relationships, and intergenerational sin and men’s ministry. Ephesians 2:4 & 5, Luke 2:30, and 1 Corinthians 1:23 continue to be touchstones for his life and ministry. He is active on James Island with the James Island Out Reach Ministry and his ministry to the homeless. Arthur and his wife Kay have two daughters, Kate and Lawson.

 

Louise Weld

Louise is was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. As a young mother in her 20s, she committed her life to Jesus Christ and spent the next years in various kinds of ministry, from music to family counseling (and including raising a family).  Midlife she returned to school for graduate degrees in counseling, creative writing, and finally in theology at Trinity School for Ministry. She has 4 children and 5 grandchildren. She has been at Saint James for 15 years.  She is passionate about relationships in the body of Christ, about Christian community and small group discipleship; about sharing the gospel wherever and whenever it can be shared:  from the pulpit, in families, among the homeless, in prisons.  She loves to hear peoples’ faith stories.  She also loves photography, poetry, music, and all things out of doors and on boats.

Andrew Williams

Andrew grew up in Northern Virginia in the Episcopal Church until high school when he chose to go away to Hargrave Military Academy where he had a personal revelation of his need for Jesus and committed his life to Jesus in the Baptist chapel on campus.  When he went to college at VMI he maintained his deep commitment to faith.  While in college Andrew experienced not only the tragedy of 2001 but also lost several classmates and loved ones who were very young.  These experiences caused Andrew to really ask some of the deep ontological questions of life that were atypical for a college student.  This prayer and contemplation led Andrew to a conviction that a life of purpose and worth could only be found for him in full time service to God.  He went to Seminary after graduating from College where he met his wife Jill.  After being ordained they were married and now have two adorable young boys.  Andrew and Jill both served as priests, in separate congregations, in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts for 7 years.  He began his call to serve at Saint James in June of 2013.  His passions in ministry are teaching the historic faith in new and innovative ways, evangelism, and discipling new believers.

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