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 parish administrator

Denise gonzales

Denise gonzales

Denise Gonzales 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.

Before coming to Saint James, Denise served as ministry coordinator and parish administrator for 11 years at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Westminster. She’s also served as a customer service representative for a retail store in Lakewood, and as assistant director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Edgewater. She and her husband, Rudy, are the parents of two grown daughters, Brittany and Ashley.  

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Our music director

Alfred Born

Alfred Born

Alfred Born spent 28 years as Associate Professor of Music at Concordia University in Seward, Nebr., teaching piano, choir and organ. He also served a number of Lutheran and Episcopal parishes as music director before coming to Saint James in 2019.

Alfred received his Bachelor of Music degree, with a concentration in church organ music, from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind. He has a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

He and his wife, Christelle, live in Lakewood, and are the parents of a daughter, Sarah, who is a graduate student in microbiology at the University of Colorado.

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Our vestry – the hardest-working vestry in Colorado

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Cathy Loomis – Senior warden

I was born in Kansas City, raised in north central Pennsylvania, spent 2 ½ yrs at Northeastern University in Boston, and spent 23 years raising a family in upstate New York. I moved to Denver in 1993 and have been here since. That’s me. I have been widowed since 1997, have two children and two grandchildren. I have attended churches here and there along the way, but never felt at home as I do at St. James. I was raised as a Methodist, attended several other denominations, and settled on the Episcopal church only after landing in Denver. For a time I was a member at St Michael’s and All Angels on University Boulevard, but then moved to the west side of town. I began attending St. James last fall. As far as employment, I worked as an adjuster in the insurance field for more than 25 years. I later took a job at RTD as a bus operator and worked up to being a driving instructor. I went on to light rail as an operator and instructor. After I retired from there, I worked as a medical courier for about eight years. Now I am fully retired and finally have time to become an active parish member.

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John McCormac - Junior Warden

I was born and raised in Detroit. After high school I spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, then went to college in Michigan for two years.  After relocating to California and completing the Southern California Carpentry Apprentice Program, I took a temporary job supervising the construction of a new home development In Arvada. Little did I realize I would not return to California. In 1982 I started my own company, Merit Homes, based in Broomfield. We built and sold new homes, townhomes and apartments, office warehouses and small retail developments. I retired in 2007. I have two grown children and six grandchildren. My main goal as Junior Warden is to help grow the congregation by showing that we are a vibrant group working together to improve our church. In my spare time I play golf, fish, garden and, of course, love those grandchildren.


Karen McCall – Treasurer

I worked for the Postal Service for 31 years, where I held a myriad of positions. My last position was as a Contracting Officer. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Administrative Management, and am knowledgeable about computer programs and systems. At All Saints Episcopal Church in Denver, I was the treasurer, served on Altar Guild, and was an acolyte, chalice bearer and Eucharistic Visitor. I am currently in training to become a verger. A fun fact: I like to travel and go fishing at the lake.

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Ginny McColm – Clerk

I was raised as an Air Force "Brat" along with my three sisters, so we lived in many places. I graduated from Ft. Collins High School and got a BS in Nursing from the University. of Northern Colorado on an Army scholarship. I served four years as an Army Nurse in Tacoma, Wash. We also lived in Grand Junction, Lakewood and now Ken Caryl/Littleton. I'm married to Matt, a mining engineer from the School of Mines for 39 years so far! We had three children – all grown and out of the house!! I worked part time as a nurse for 37 years, and was always involved with mothers and babies. For the last 20 years of my career I was a Lactation Consultant, and retired from the University of Colorado Hospital three years ago. I am a lifelong Episcopalian, serving on Altar Guild, was a Sunday School teacher, worked with Youth Group, and Buildings and Grounds at our last church. I hope to bring fresh eyes to the vestry, and a willingness to "get things done." I also am in PEO, a women's group, and a book club. My quirky fact is that I am a Lambkin, as those that graduate from FCHS are known.

JoAnn Hamm 

I am originally from New Jersey. I worked for 25 years as secretary to the Special Services Department of Red Bank Public Schools in Red Bank, N.J. I retired from that position in June, 2013. In February of 2014 I moved to Arvada with my daughter, son-in-law and grandson. I've been attending St. James since we moved here. Prior to moving here, I attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in New Jersey. I now volunteer two days a week at Peck Elementary School in Arvada, and I recently adopted a bulldog puppy named Gracie. My goal is to have St. James become the parish that we know it can be.

Rose Applegate

I worked for the State of Colorado for 22 years and retired from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. I worked for Printing Services as a Program Assist II in charge of the business department and payroll. I also did payroll for the Bookstore, Mail Center & Photography. After I retired I went back to work for them as a partime retiree for three more years. I have been at St. James for almost four years. I started attending the Episcopal Church about 25 years ago. I started at All Saints Episcopal of Denver until it closed and from there I went to St. Laurence in Conifer until I came to St. James. I am head of the Altar Guild, an acolyte and Eucharistic Visitor. I am married to John and we live in Thornton. I have four children and four grandchildren. We love to go fishing and camping .

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Carol Cozart

I was born and raised in Denver and graduated from East Denver High School and Colorado State University (a long time ago). After moving around some, Lakewood has been my home for 52 years. I am a widow with four sons, two daughters-in-law, and 10 grandchildren. I have worked in several nursing facilities in the area and retired as an administrator of an assisted living facility. I have been a member of the Episcopal church since age 9 (that was a really, really long time ago) and have served on more than several vestries and am privileged to serve on the St. James vestry.

Helen Masterson

I am owner of the public relations firm, Masterson & Friends Communications. Among my more than 30 years of experience in public relations, advertising and promotions, were four years with Ned High Public Relations and four years as director of public relations for the Denver Art Museum. Before joining the museum, I was director of public information for the University of Colorado's Boulder campus. I served as editor, production manager and director of public information at the Education Commission of the States and the National Assessment of Educational Progress. In this capacity, I was responsible for media relations, legislative briefings and national news conferences. I am the former host of "Denver Showcase" on KCNC, Channel 4, Denver. I served on the American Lung Association media task force, and on the boards of Community Housing Services, Visiting Nurse Association, Denver Woman's Press Club, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, and Arvada Chamber of Commerce. I currently write for GuestGuide Publications, publishers of tourists publications in Estes Park and Winter Park Colorado and Moab Utah.

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Karen Gillespie

I am a lifelong Episcopalian. I was baptized at St. Mark’s with my father, confirmed at St. George’s in Englewood and married at St. Timothy’s in Littleton in 1972. Dan and I became parishioners at St. James in 1980. Both our children were baptized and confirmed here. When my parents, Ken and Dorothy Kinsley, moved to Lakewood, they attended St. James also. Dan and I held various positions in the church. We both served on the vestry and Dan sang in the choir. I worked in the library and with the Sunday School. I am currently a lay Eucharistic visitor. I chose this ministry because I know how important it was to Dan and me when Mother Becky brought communion to us when he was dying in 2017. Because I have such an extended history with St. James, I only want what’s best for it and its parishioners.


Chris Minich

During my time at St James, I’ve been an usher, served a 3-year term on the Vestry, input contributions into the computer, volunteer at St Clare’s, assist with the Annual Tea and other fund-raising events, continue to serve on Altar Guild, host coffee hours and keep the freezer well stocked with desserts. I received a BS degree in Business from CU and a MBA from Regis. I will be working this year to get my CPA license back to an active status by completing the continuing education. I’ve worked as a Controller at Steven-Robert Originals, a dessert manufacturer for over 8 years. Prior to that I’ve worked in accounting in the telecom, mining, manufacturing industries and Public Accounting.