The Reverend Dr. Thom Blair, Jr., joined St. James’s congregation after his retirement as Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, where he served for a decade. Prior to being at St. Stephen’s, Thom was rector of Grace Church in Kilmarnock. Thom is serving during the transition period while the Search Committee is working on calling our fourteenth rector.
The Reverend Carmen Germino joined St. James’s in the summer of 2011. A native of Nashville, TN, she holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN and is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School in New Haven, CT. Carmen was ordained a deacon in June 2011 and a priest in December 2011 through the Diocese of Connecticut. Carmen works with the church’s missions and outreach ministries. She is married to Matt Presson, who sings in the choir and serves as St. James’s Facility Manager. Carmen and Matt have a new baby, Chris, and she is on maternity leave through May 2017.
The Reverend Hilary Streever joined St. James’s in the summer of 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Tech and is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School in New Haven, CT. Hilary was ordained a priest in 2012 through the Diocese of Southwest Virginia and served as Priest-in-Charge at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Abingdon, VA until joining our staff. Hilary is the church’s adult formation leader. She is married to David Streever, a writer and IT professional.
The Reverend Dr. Mark Cooper is a Lutheran Pastor, who also is a board certified Clinical Educator in the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. He earned his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Union Seminary in Richmond, VA. In addition, he is a Registered Yoga Instructor. He is also an author and entrepreneur. He had his own counseling practice at Discern, Inc. and Pastoral Counseling Associates, Inc. Pastor Cooper’s first book was entitled Get A Life: A Second Chance After Fifty, and his second is Mapping Your Adventure: Discovering Integrity in a Life Review. Mark will lead a bicycling pilgrimage along Spain’s Camino de Santiago in May.
The Reverend Caroline Smith Parkinson joined St. James’s in 2011. A lifelong Episcopalian and native of Richmond, Caroline has served parishes in the Dioceses of Washington and Virginia since her ordination in 1986. She was Associate Rector at St. Alban’s Parish in Washington, DC before moving to Grace Episcopal Church, The Plains, Virginia in 1997 where she served as Priest in Charge and then Rector until retiring in 2010. Caroline’s wider church involvement includes participating in delegations, partnerships and missions to Russia, Cuba, China, The Vatican and London. Currently she serves as the Diocesan Intake Officer on Title IV (Church Discipline) cases, President of the John Marshall Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Virginia Theological Seminary.
Dr. Bob Friend joined St. James’s in the summer of 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, which is also where he earned his doctor of ministry degree. Bob was ordained a priest in 1976 through the Diocese of Virginia and has led churches in Newport News, Annapolis and northern Virginia before being Rector of All Saints’ prior to his retirement. Bob’s work is mostly pastoral in nature, but he also leads classes and retreats from time to time.