Our History


St. James’ Church marks 100 years of worship, service Wilshire Center parish thrives on worship, music and service Becoming a great metropolitan parish was probably not foremost in the mind of the Rev. Noel Porter when he became the first rector of St. James’ Church in 1911. With a monthly parish income of $12 and…

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Clergy History

first services 1908, parish 1912

Bishop Joseph H. Johnson

Octavius Parker

A.  W. Noel Porter
1911 rector 1912-18

Ray Oakley Miller
rector 1919-47

George W. Barrett
rector 1947-52

Ivol I. Curtis
rector 1953-60

Samuel D’Amico
rector 1963-79

Robert Oliver
rector 1979-90

Kirk S. Smith
rector 1991-2004

Paul Kowalewski
rector 2005-2013

Thomas Discavage
priest-in-charge 2013-2014

Bishop Catherine Roskam
bishop-in-charge 2014-2018

Kate Cress
rector 2018-