St. James is a joyous church family brimming with energy and vitality. “Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world,” are not mere words to us. In this program-size church, all are encouraged to be their authentic selves, exactly whom God intended.
To learn more about our parish, please view the document below.Parish Profile
Brian was raised in Greensboro, NC before attending N.C. State University in Raleigh. He has worked in radio and sports broadcasting since 1986, and is currently the Program and Sports Director with iHeart Media, Asheville. Brian manages three radio stations with a staff of ten.
An active runner and cyclist, Brian is married to Mary Elizabeth Banks and they have two beautiful dogs. He has been a member of St James since 1997, and has been involved with acolytes, youth and usher ministries. Brian has served several terms on the St. James Vestry, two of which he served as Senior Warden.
Barbara is a native of Black Mountain. She graduated from Owen High School and Western North Carolina University. She received her graduate degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Barbara is retired with 33 years of service from the NC State Division of Social Services.
Through high school, Barbara was a member of First Baptist Church, Black Mountain. She was confirmed into the Episcopal Church by Bishop Henry in 1965 at In the Oaks, and was a member of St. David’s, Cullowhee.
In 1975, Barbara married Dan Wall at St. Luke’s, Asheville. They attended St. Luke’s until 2005, where she served on the Vestry and the Altar Guild. Barbara has been a member of St. James for the last 10 years.
Janice Pickett has been an Episcopalian and a member of St James since 2014.
She and her husband retired to Black Mountain in 2009 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They became members of a Presbyterian church, but never felt comfortable. An encounter with the "Pisgah Palians" led them to St James where they felt welcomed and they found a network of friends.
She is a retired special education teacher who now spends 5 days a week during the school year playing with a 2 year old grandson.
Jerrill is a native of McDowell County, NC, and has been married to Bonnie McEntire for fifty-two years. They have four children.
A retired Physician, Jerrill has practiced in Family Medicine, ER, Prisons, and with Hospice. He is thankful that his bone marrow cancer is in remission!
Jerrill's interests include exploring spirituality, gardening, golf and wood turning.
Jesse Quam grew up in the mid-west, the son of a minister and teacher. He received a Masters in Social Work in 2005 from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and has worked as a therapist ever since.
In his professional career, he has worked with youth and families in therapeutic wilderness programs for eighteen years. Jesse is currently an Educational Consultant.
Jesse served a term on the St James vestry, including one year as Senior Warden.
Linda and her husband, Bill, moved to Old Fort in July of 2009 with their sweet dog, Bitsy. They visited St. James and soon knew this was where they wanted to make their church home. Linda was confirmed at St. James, and loves everything about this church.
She graduated from Spartanburg High School, Limestone College, and received her master's degree in education from Francis Marion University.
Linda has served St. James as a Greeter, Reader, Chalice Bearer, Vestry Member, Host and Helpers Ministry, "Lay Weeder", a member of the Women's Book Club, and a member of the Discernment Committee. She feels blessed to help choose a new Priest and looks forward to working with this person for many years..
Mandy Carter has been a member of Saint James for fifteen years. In that time, she has worked with high school Sunday School, youth group activities, Camp Henry programs, and served a term on the Vestry.
She spends most of her time working as a middle school science teacher and is passionate about strengthening public schools.
Above all, Mandy loves spending family time with her husband and four year old daughter.
She is a songwriter, athlete, and lover of the outdoors as she connects most deeply to the Divine in nature.
Walton and his wife, Maura, moved to Black Mountain (from Asheville) 11 years ago with their children, Ella and Wilson. They have been members of St. James for about 10 years. Walton sings in the choir, and enjoys listening up close to their magnificent sounds. He also served one term on the St. James Vestry.
He is an office lawyer (trust and estate work) in Black Mountain and Maura teaches early childhood education at Warren Wilson College. Walton loves music and plays trombone with local jazz and rhythm & blues groups. And, like fellow committee member Mandy Carter, most of all he loves hanging out with his spouse and children.
Walton is excited about St. James' future and the chance to experience this discernment.
Bill is a lifelong Episcopalian and is married with five children & two step children.
In the early 80's he attended Cursillo, and that experience started his journey to the Diaconate. He was ordained in 1990, and served Holy Spirit Church for 10 years.
Bill's 24 years of ministry was to prisoners, both in worship and in substance abuse.He retired in 2009 and began attending St James. He continues his interest in prisons. Bill's time at St James has been & continues to be spiritually fulfilling.