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.