Our Rector is Rev. Cindy Stansbury, Cindy has been part of St. James since it’s inception in 2009. Before that she was an active part of St. Edwards, the congregation out of which St. James was called, since 1996, serving as Senior Warden, and involved in intercessory ministries. In 2010 she earned her MA in Ministry from Nashotah House Theological Seminary taking advantage of their fledgling distance program. Cindy was ordained as priest in 2011 by Archbishop Duncan, and served as Fr. Ed’s (our founding Rector) assistant from that time until he was called away in Summer of 2017 to plant a new church in Hawaii. For the last two years of Fr. Ed’s ministry at St. James, Cindy led parish life at St. James while Ed focused on his roles of Dean of NorCal deanery and Director of Diocesan Formation for Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO). In other areas of her life, Cindy is wife and mother of four. Previously she has been a home schooling mom, ballroom mom, teacher, and board chair and founding headmaster of Live Oak Academy. Earlier still, she was a computer scientist working at an AI company in the valley, a student at SJSU, and a swimmer. You can reach Cindy by email here
The work of Ministry is undertaken by our Ministry Teams. If St. James has an effective Outreach Ministry it is because our Outreach Team has led us effectively. If our Sunday School is fantastic it is because our Children's Ministry Team is excellent. Our Ministry Teams rely on the leadership of our Team Leaders. Some of our Ministry Teams have a staff member in addition to a Ministry Team Leader.
We enjoy having a good staff. But our ministry is not organized around our staff. Our Ministry Team Leaders, with their teams, make most of the decisions that impact our daily life together. Small groups are the heartbeat of St. James, and their leaders are vital to our life together. Increasingly we understand ourselves to be an "Ephesians 4:11-13" congregation. The role of our staff is to equip our laity for the work of Ministry.