Staff and lay leadership

Our priest

The Rev. Rebecca Jones, priest-in-charge

The Rev. Rebecca Jones,

Becky was a longtime Denver journalist, including 24 years as a writer and editor for the Rocky Mountain News, before finding her calling in the church.  She’s also worked for newspapers in Tennessee, for the Associated Press, and has done freelance work that has appeared in numerous publications.

A native of Cleveland, Tennessee, she has bachelor’s degrees in mass communications and political science from East Tennessee State University, and a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University, where she was a Kiplinger Fellow.  She came to Colorado to go skiing one weekend in 1984 and simply never left.  She received her Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology in Denver in 2007, with concentrations in Anglican Studies and Justice & Peace Studies. Ordained a deacon in 2008, most of her seven-year diaconal ministry was focused on serving the homeless, and on advocating on behalf of the poor and marginalized.  She was ordained a priest in 2015, and came to St. James as priest-in-charge in 2016.

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Our deacon

The Rev. Deacon Joe Mazza

The Rev. Deacon Joe Mazza

Joe grew up on Long Island, and before retirement and following a call into diaconal ministry, spent his career television sales management and station management. It was a career path that took him to many cities across the country over 30 years.

He was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons in June, 2008, at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati. While doing diaconal field work at Trinity Church in Columbus, Ohio, Joe was led to start a ministry to the homeless in downtown Columbus. That ministry, called In the Garden, began began with prayer and lunch for a handful of needy folks. Today, it's still going strong and serving between 120 and 150 people every Sunday. Joe has also served as a deacon in Jacksonville, Fla. 

He and his wife, Carol, are avid baseball fans, loyal to the New York Yankees. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. 

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Our parish administrator

Bev thomas

Bev thomas

Bev Thomas oversees the day-to-day running of our parish office, and chances are, it's her cheery voice you'll hear if you call the church.

Prior to her retirement, she worked as a senior information technology data analyst for Catholic Health Initiatives in Denver. She's skilled in all things related to computers, financial software, data base management, procurement and project management. Trust us, she's the ONLY one around here who knows how to coax a malfunctioning printer back to life or how to get the computers to work properly. 

She also serves as Bishop's Warden for The Episcopal Church of St. Peter & St. Mary in Denver and is managing director of St. Clare's Ministries, a Tuesday evening ministry to the homeless and hungry in Denver. 

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Our music director

Cliff mcPhaden, music director

Cliff mcPhaden, music director

Cliff has been leading church choirs and directing church music programs since 1950. Among the Episcopal congregations where he has served are St. Joseph's in Lakewood, St. Laurence in Conifer, Good Shepherd in Centennial, and Calvary in Golden. 

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Our organist

Gretchen timmer

Gretchen timmer

Gretchen Timmer started playing for church services as an eighth grader, and during her career has served Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Congregational and Catholic congregations. She has a bachelor's degree in music education/keyboard performance from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebr., and a master's degree in music education and piano from the University of Nebraska. A school music teacher for much of her life, she retired from Cherry Creek Schools in 2006 after teaching 24 years at High Plains Elementary. She was director of children's/youth choirs at St. John's Cathedral from 2007-2011, and has served as a collaborative pianist for Young Voices of Colorado since 2006.

Our vestry