Rector Search

We are looking for a full time rector to lead a church of about 200 congregants. St. James Anglican was founded over 75 years ago in Newport Beach. We currently have two Sunday services. The 9:00 am service is a traditional Anglican service with Holy Communion and hymns led by the choir. The 11:15 service uses the liturgy from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer.  It is sacramentally charismatic, but there are opportunities for the congregation to express gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Our church is mainly comprised of mature adult parishioners. We wish to grow a church with more families with young children and youth through outreach to the community of Costa Mesa. St. James is seeking a Rector of the Word and of the Spirit a Rector with strong leadership, communication and pastoral skills who leads a life of humility, prayer and integrity; displays the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit, will develop a heart for Costa Mesa and surrounding communities, and will wholeheartedly love and care for the people of St. James Anglican Church.
If you are interested in this position, or know someone who might be interested, please send your resume to

Rector Search Update from Your Vestry (August 2018)

The vestry thanks the congregation for your faithful prayers for our Rector Search. The process is moving forward and we have had the opportunity to meet and spend time in interviews with a number of very good candidates. A few have visited St. James over the summer and now the vestry is in an important time of prayer and discernment. We are asking for God’s supernatural wisdom and clarity in this time. Please pray for the kind of wisdom of which James 3:17 says,
“The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial
and sincere.”

St. James Call to Prayer

As the Vestry conducts their search and selection process for a new rector, the St. James community is asked to support them in prayer. We are asking the congregation to call upon the Lord to guide our parish leadership in wisdom and discernment as they select the individual the Lord has ordained to lead us into the future.
All parishioners are encouraged to pray for our Vestry until the new rector is selected. Pray also for the individual God has chosen and for their family. Each parishioner may follow his or her own prayer format or follow the enclosed format taken from the Anglican Church of North America’s Text for Common Prayer (this is a draft of the future ACNA Prayer Book).
In coming together in prayer, the St. James community stands in unity, humbly seeking the Lord’s guidance for a new rector and God’s blessings for a vibrant, Spirit-led future.
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