St. James Leadership and Staff
Wardens & Vestry
Patti Smith, Parish Administrator
Patti Smith is a long time resident of the area. Her family attended church here when she was a teenager and she holds the distinction of being St. James` first female acolyte. She came to the office at St. James in October 2008 after having been away from an office environment for many years which she spent raising her two sons. As she goes about her work, with the assistance of dedicated office volunteers who assist her weekly, she enjoys interacting with many friendly church members.
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Walt Sayre, Director of Choirs, Organist
Walt Sayre started his musical career in the New York metropolitan area, earning both bachelor and master of music degrees from Manhattan School of Music. He has been the director of music at St. James since July 2007 having retired from a 36-year career teaching music in New York, New Jersey, and New Hampshire. Professionally, Walt has been featured on piano, organ, trombone, and voice. His popular music has been influenced by such greats as Bill Evans, Urbie Green, Nat King Cole, and Billy Joel. He has performed extensively throughout New England for over 40 years.
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Rachael MacLagan, Story Chapel Leader
Rachael MacLagan grew up as a Midwest Episcopalian. She received her Bachelors of Psychology in 2010 and moved to Massachusetts where she participated in her first year as an Episcopal Service Corps intern working as a Community Organizer in the Fall River/New Bedford area. She then continued as an ESC intern in New Haven, CT working as a Case Manager at Columbus House Homeless Shelter. Following her time in New Haven she was welcomed into Society of St. John the Evangelist’s young adult program working and living at their Emery House property. This she describes as one of her best and most enriching experiences. She is excited and grateful to become part of St. James’ congregation facilitating the Story Chapel.
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