St. James Episcopal Church enjoys the dedicated services of clergy, staff members and volunteers who help fulfill our mission. They include:
The Rev. Norman M. MacLeod, Rector
Rev. Norman M. MacLeod began his ministry at St.
James in September 2011. He came to the parish after serving three years as an interim priest in Waterbury, Connecticut and Keene, New Hampshire. Prior to that he served as Rector of Christ Church, Guilford, Connecticut, for ten years and earlier for six years as Vicar of St. Augustine's, Kingston, Rhode Island and as Episcopal Chaplain at the University of Rhode Island.
Norman has a degree in Theatre from Clark University, a Master's Degree in Waldorf Education from Adelphi University, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Yale Divinity School, where he also earned a certificate in Anglican Studies from the Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopalian partner to Yale's program. Before entering the priesthood, he worked in the fields of journalism, mental health, and education. In addition to the core tasks of parish ministry, Norman is committed to furthering understanding around the issues of Christian faith and care for our Earth.
He is married to Elizabeth C. Stevens, a writer, editor and historian of nineteenth century American women. They have three grown children.
Dr. James E. Lorenz - Organist and Choirmaster
Dr. James Lorenz joined the staff at St. James as organist and music director in October 2014. Jim was formerly organist and choirmaster at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Fort Myers, Florida. At. St. Luke's, he provided all organ music for services and directs the adult, treble, and handbell choirs. He has also directed viola da gamba and recorder consorts at St. Luke's. He participated in the parish's Shakespeare Players, providing both direction and original incidental music.
Jim grew up in upstate New York and later enrolled at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York, where he earned a bachelor's degree in church music. His education continued at Florida State University, where he earned both a master's and a doctorate in organ performance. In addition, he received a certificate in early music from Florida State. While the organ is Jim's principal instrument, he has also studied harpsichord, piano, voice, and harp.
Outside of his parish work, Jim has performed widely as a solo recitalist in Florida and has served as the assistant director of the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers, as an adjunct professor at the Bower School of Music (Florida Gulf Coast University), and as an adjunct organ and harpsichord professor at Edison College (Fort Myers). The choral works he has prepared, directed, and/or performed in the last ten years include Bach's St. John Passion; the requiems of Fauré, Mozart, and Rutter, and Orff's Camina burana.
Sari Cutter White - Parish Administrator
After meeting Rev. MacLeod during the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, Sari joined the staff at St. James as the Parish Administrator. Outside of her duties for the church, Sari manages a membership marketing organization from home, conducting seminars and an annual conference for marketing personnel throughout the New England states. She is also an EMT with the Woodstock Ambulance Service. In her spare time she enjoys skiing and tries to play tennis at least 5 days a week.
Sari resides in Woodstock and has a 25-year old daughter who is currently in school and living in Colorado.