Father Christopher Szarke has been the Rector of St. James since 2018 and is passionate about ministry among us and the larger community.   His ministry interests include pastoral care, worship, spiritual development, inreach/outreach, and empowering lay leadership.   He currently serves on the Bishop Nomination Committee and will facilitate learning for the fall semester at Tuttle School.

He served in HIV/AIDS ministry from 1987-1995, has served in nonprofit organizations, and was a hospital chaplain before beginning parish ministry.   His spiritual path includes having been in a Benedictine monastery and Franciscan friary.  The oldest of seven, plus two stepsiblings, he has 20 nieces and nephews, and several great-nieces and great-nephews.  His personal interests include travel and hiking, reading and writing, genealogy, and his two cats, Francis and Julian.  His goals include walking the Camino de Santiago, the Jesus Trail, St. Olavsleden, and St. Francis Way.




Our Transitional Deacon Pat Hart joined St. James in May of 2021. Rev. Pat is very happy at St. James and loves being a part of this community of Christ. Her ministry interests include pastoral care, worship, spiritual development, community outreach, and involvement with Volunteers of America, and the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable. 

​Rev. Pat was raised in Salt Lake City and retired in 2018 from her work in the public sector after thirty years. She attended the University of Utah where she earned a Bachelor of Science-Anthropology, and a Master’s in Public Administration. Rev. Pat was a member of the National Ski Patrol at Brighton where she worked as a patroller and an emergency medical instructor for twenty years, retiring in 2008 to follow her dream into ordained ministry.  

Rev Pat is married to Lloyd (Flats), together they have three adult children, two living in Texas and one in Sandy, Utah. They own a home in the historical Marmalade District, which they share with two old cats and their little dog Mitzi. Rev Pat continues to be an adjunct professor for Salt Lake Community College where she teaches a course for the Construction Management Program. Both Rev Pat and Flats are continuing their education by taking courses in archeology and spend their free time documenting pre-historic Native American sites in Utah and the surrounding states.   




Rev. John and Mary were born in England, both emigrated to Canada where they met and married in Winnipeg. 

John graduated in Production Engineering and Mary trained as a RN/Midwife in England.

John and Mary and their three daughters arrived in Salt Lake City and St. James in March 1978. John was working for Sperry Univac and was transferred to SLC from Montreal, Canada.

Both John and Mary became active at St. James and after several years John and three others were identified by the congregation to become Deacons to serve at St. James. Study and training while still working full time was quite a task but they were, in 1985, ordained by Bishop Bates. Four new Deacons in one Parish was a first in the Episcopal Church! Later in 1996 John was ordained Priest and served as an Associate until he retired (sort of) in 2020.  

They both enjoy the outdoors and spent many years camping and foreign travel. Their three daughters and families all live in the SLC area so they are kept busy supporting their seven

grandchildren in sports and activities.

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Music Director

Seth is the Director of Music and Organist at St. James. In May of 2020, he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance at the University of Kansas, where he studied under James Higdon and Michael Bauer. Before attending the University of Kansas, he received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in organ performance and pedagogy from Brigham Young University, where he studied with Don Cook and Douglas Bush. Seth is an active recitalist and performs many recitals around the United States every year. Seth is also an active organ instructor and has a large, and ever growing, studio. He loves to share his passion for the  organ with others through his performances and teaching.



Parish Administrator

Wendy has worked for St. James for 6 years. She loves the people of St. James and loves to be of service. Wendy is who you contact if you want answers, information, or need something done at St. James.

Wendy has a background in Interior Decorating. She knows sign language and has worked as a substitute teacher at the school for the Deaf. 

Wendy is married to Alan, her husband of more than 28 years,and they have two children--Max and Lilly and too many dogs and one cat.




Trish has a Master of Science in Accountancy. She has worked in several positions in Accounting, currently she is full-time as a Staff Accountant for a software/tech company.  Trish and her husband have one son who currently serves in the Air Force. They have been empty nesters for just over 4 years and still are figuring things out. The hardest is trying to cook for two, they really did not notice how much their kiddo ate. They are really enjoying outdoor activities, and recently started kayaking and love it.

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Nursery Worker

Summer Scott has been a member at St. James since the Spring of 2008. After graduating from West Jordan High School in 2009, she began taking care of the little ones in the St. James Nursery, and working for Commuter Services at the University of Utah. She enjoys spending time with her niece, reading, watching movies/tv, learning languages, dancing, and music.


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