toppieThe Reverend Toppie Bates –Priest Associate
 
I have been the Priest Associate since my retirement from “active ministry” as of
May 1, 2016.
 

Canons of the Episcopal Church said so. In my retirement I am so blessed to have a new letter of agreement with Becky+ and the vestry stating I able to continue my pastoral, preaching, teaching ministries on a first-two-weeks-of-each-month schedule. Once a priest, always a priest, so I will continue doing weddings, baptisms, and funerals.

Sitting in the pews with my husband David and our daughter’s family is a treasured experience. St. James is such a vibrant and beautiful place, so full of the Holy Spirit. God guides us continually forward in amazing and exciting ways!