Staff and Leadership

We’d love to hear from you! All Staff and Leadership of St. James can be reached by calling the church office at 503-227-2439.





Pastor David Knapp
Office Hours:  Monday-Thursday




Minister of Music

Minister of Music Search Update:

It is with great pleasure the Music Search Committee announces Joseph Pettit as the new Minister of Music for St. James. Joe was selected from 30 candidates across the United States. Through each of the culling processes over the past five months, Joe consistently rose to the top of each list. The reasons for his status reflected the mission of Minster of Music more closely than all other candidates. In June, Joe spent two days meeting and interviewing with the Committee, and rehearsing with our choir. Many of you may have seen Joe when he conducted music worship on Sunday, June 17th.
Joe has a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and Church Music from PLU. He has advanced studies in early music performance, accompanying and coaching from the Academie voor Oude Muziek Amsterdam, Netherlands. He has a deep background in the music of Bach and a long list of choral recordings. Joe currently lives in Federal Way, Washington, but will be moving to Portland in the next few weeks. He will begin his ministry on September 1st. We look forward to this next chapter for St. James!






Sharon Kurtz
Office Hours:  Monday-Tuesday




Parish Administrator

Karin Hatch
Office Hours:  Monday; Wednesday-Friday



Chelsea Ellertson
Office Hours:  Monday-Friday



Director; St. James Child Development Center

Patrick Earnest
Office Hours:  Monday-Friday




Church Leadership

Congregational President:  Carl Cottingham
Congregational Vice President:  Kathleen McDonald
Congregational Treasurer:  Becky Bolt
Church Council Secretary:  David Zellmer