Our 2018 Vestry and Officers


A picture from our 2018 vestry retreat at the Hannah Grimes Center

From left to right:  Dick Drew, Tom Newcombe, Wes Page (senior warden), Pat campbell, Steve Power, Joy Ackerman, Canon Tim Hodapp (our retreat leader this year), Elsa Worth (Rector), Theresa Ford, Mike Thieme, Jaclyn Headings (Clerk), Mel Andrews, Mike Metell (Junior Warden). Not pictured: Ray Howard and Richard Skeels (Treasurer)


Patrick Armstrong, Ministry Coordinator


Patrick lives in Dublin with his wife and four sons who keep them very busy! He has been a member of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Peterborough for about four years.. Prior to living in Dublin, Patrick lived in Keene and attended St. James, and in fact two of his sons were baptized here.  Patrick also works in the evening at the Cheshire Medical Center. Patrick staffs the office  Tuesday - Friday from 10-2.

Contact Patrick, office@stjameskeene.com


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.

Contact Walt, wcsayre3@gmail.com


Vanya Vitous, Custodian


My name is Vanya from Swanzey, and I'm a jack of all trades working mainly in the Spofford area. Cleaning is something I believe I do well and I am happy to take this opportunity to clean for St. James, which does so much for the community. I am also happy to work with some really wonderful people here. I will do my part in efforting to make St. James a beautiful church! 

Contact Vanya: vanya.vitous@icloud.com


Robin Blais, Bookkeeping and Records Assistant


Holly Farrar and Deb Rogers, Thrift Shop Team Leaders


Deb and Holly share the weekday position of Thrift Shop Team Leader.  Holly works on Mondays and Thursdays, Deb works on Tuesdays and Fridays, and they overlap on Wednesdays.  Deeply committed to the ministry of the thrift shop, they are familiar faces to our shoppers.


Vicki Ayer, Thrift Shop Associate


Vicki Ayer staffs the thrift shop on Saturdays.  She has lots of experience with non-profits, having started a yard sale non-profit in Massachusetts, which developed into starting a thrift shop, so Vicki brings good and helpful experience to St. James.


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