The Reverend Toppie Bates –Priest Associate (Retired)
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 as directed by our Rector. Once a priest, always a priest, so I will continue assisting in 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!