Meet Our Clergy

The easiest way to meet our Clergy is to visit St. James on a Sunday morning. That said, they are always open to meeting people for a cup of coffee or tea. Often people have questions or concerns they want to explore in confidence before visiting St. James in person.

Fr. Ed is our Founding Rector (Sr. Pastor). He is married to Evelyn Frith-McNeill. He was ordained in 1986 in the Diocese of Edmonton, in Alberta Canada where he served until 1999 when he and Evelyn moved to San Jose. While in Alberta he served in both rural and suburban settings and led two congregations through numerical growth and successful building campaigns. After Christmas in 1996 Ed and Evelyn were visiting his parents in Palo Alto when God nudged him with an awareness that they would move to California. A few nudges later Ed found himself being called as Rector of St. Edward's Episcopal Church in San Jose, CA. In 2009, it became clear to Ed and many members of St. Edward's that it was time to leave as well as possible and start St. James Anglican Church. God blessed this leaving and provided St. James with new buildings in one of the most expensive city's in America.  Ed remained St. Edward's webmaster for three years until they were able to take on the work themselves.

Ed is a graduate of Trinity College, University of Toronto and Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He enjoys reading science fiction (Space Opera) and is an avid Scuba Diver. He is currently working on his PADI DiveMaster certification and hopes to become a Scuba Instructor. He enjoys learning new things and enjoys working with teams.

Ed serves as Dean of Northern California in our Diocese and oversees the church planting efforts in Northern CA. He also works part time for the Diocese overseeing the Ordination Process as Director of Diocesan Formation.  If you would like to have coffee with Ed or chat with him, you can reach him on his cell phone at 408.674.2770

The Rev. Cindy Stansbury is our Vicar. Cindy was ordained a priest in 2011.  Cindy earned a Master of Arts in Ministry from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin. She also holds a BS in Math & Computer Science from San Jose State.  Cindy was the founding Headmaster of Live Oak Academy. She is married and lives in Saratoga with her husband Tayloe. They have four children. Cindy is kind and pastoral.  Cindy oversees the day to day operations of St. James.

Cindy has a gift of Pastoral Care. She is a great listener and highly empathetic. You can reach Cindy by email here.

To meet the rest of our Clergy and everyone else on our Staff please visit our Staff Page. Here you will meet some of the people that make St. James tick.