Welcome to our new Staff Members

On Sunday, April 23rd, our Staff-Parish Relations Committee announced 2 new staff members that will begin in ministry with St. James this summer.
We welcome Abby Gillette as our new Director of Youth Ministries!  Abby and her husband Eric will be moving from Abilene, TX to join us in early June.  We look forward to welcoming them into the St. James community and we are excited about the inspiration, ideas, and passion that they bring!  Welcome Abby and Eric!
On July 1st, we will welcome our new Senior Pastor, Rev. Ben Alexander.  Ben will be coming from Pittsboro United Methodist Church where he has been serving since 2011. He and his wife Sarah have a six-year-old son, Thomas, a two-year-old daughter, Hope, and their first “child,” Donnie the dog!   Ben served as an Associate Pastor at Front Street UMC in Burlington.  A native of Chapel Hill, Ben is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (BA in History in 1999), and Duke Divinity School (MDIV in 2008).  In case you are wondering about his loyalties, his Duke Diploma is framed in a lovely shade of Carolina blue.  He loves reading, hiking, coffee, travel, and practical jokes.  We look forward to welcoming the entire Alexander family in July!