Archbishop Duncan visited St. James this past Sunday.  It was a joyous occasion.  Many guests attended as well.  Members of four of our missions attended.  St. Johns in Orinda, Amazing Grace in Roseville, Holy Spirit in Folsom, and St. Michael’s in Los Gatos were present.  A large portion of St. Luke’s Chapel in the Hills (Los Altos Hills) and members of Christ the King (Campbell) also attended.  We also enjoyed having members of St. Edward’s Episcopal Church with us.  What a day it was.

Ordinands Kneel with Archbishop DuncanArchbishop Duncan received a member of Amazing Grace into the Anglican Church in North America and confirmed two members of St. John’s in Orinda before ordaining Victor Schreffler and Cindy Stansbury to the sacred order of Deacons.

Cindy will serve at St. James as an assistant Pastor.  She will focus on Pastoral Care. Prior to her ordination Cindy completed a Master of Arts in Ministry degree from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin. Cindy is a founding member of St. James.  She has served as Senior Warden in times of significant transition and is well loved both in and outside of St. James.

Victor will be planting a new church in the East Bay.  This new mission is called Spirit of Christ and will be located either in Berkeley, Walnut Creek, or Concord.  Victor and his wife Becky are leading a discernment process with potential members of their new team. Prior to being ordained in the Anglican Church, Victor served the Church of the Nazarene for 29 years.  His decision to transition to the Anglican Church was the result of a long process of personal discernment.

Congratulations Cindy and Victor.  We look forward to watching your unique ministries unfold.