CLERGY & STAFF


  • The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, PhD

    Bishop, The Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana

    bishopjake@epiwla.org
    The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, Ph.D., D.D. was consecrated and seated as the 4th Bishop of The Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana on Saturday, July 21, 2012, in St. Mark’s Cathedral, Shreveport. At the time of his election in April of 2012, he was serving as Dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral.

    A graduate of the School of Theology at Sewanee, Bishop Jake, as we call him, was ordained to the diaconate and then to the priesthood in 1997, in the Diocese of Florida. He served on staff at St. Mark’s, Jacksonville, as assistant rector for Christian Formation until accepting a call to be the rector of St. Stephen’s in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2003, Bishop Jake became rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in metropolitan St. Louis and served there until coming to St. Mark’s, Shreveport, in the fall of 2008.

    Before ordination, Bishop Jake earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from Emory University, where he also received both bachelor's and master's degrees. At Jacksonville University, he served on the philosophy faculty and taught a range of both advanced and introductory courses.

    Bishop Jake is the author of
    A Resurrection Shaped Life (Abingdon Press) and Your Untold Story (Church Publishing). He has three adult children and lives in Alexandria, Louisiana, with his wife Joy and rescue pup, Gracie.
  • The Rev. Tim Heflin

    Rector

    tim@stjamesla.org
    Fr. Tim began his ministry at St. James in May of 2019 and his primary responsibility is that of pastor and teacher to the congregation, including leadership in weekly worship services - or the liturgy as we say in the Episcopal Church. Tim also works closely with the church governing body of lay members - the vestry - to cast a vision, goals, and ministry priorities for the congregation, and works with these same vestry members to "equip the saints for the work of ministry."

    Tim serves the broader church as a church conflict mediator, trained through the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, locally as a board member for the
    United Way of Central Louisiana, and as the diocesan committee co-chair for The Beloved Community, which is the vision of our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, to promote racial reconciliation in the Episcopal Church and beyond.

    Tim was ordained at
    Trinity Church, Baton Rouge in 2008 and he has served two congregations before moving to Alexandria: most recently as Rector of St. Andrew's Church & Preschool in Burke, Virginia, just outside the D.C. Beltway, from 2012 to 2019; and Associate Rector & Day School Chaplain at Trinity from 2008 to 2012.

    While at St. Andrew's, Fr. Tim was a recognized community organizer for interfaith relationships in Fairfax County, one of the nation's largest and most diverse counties. He was part of a clergy group that hosted/facilitated Town Hall-type discussions about the intersection of personal faith and the public square - in Christian, Jewish, and Islamic congregations. His relationships resulted in St. Andrew's opening its doors each week for a local mosque to meet for their Friday prayers, a relationship that has continued for 5 years. Click
    here to read an article about how this began. 

    In a life prior to ordained ministry, Tim served in executive management and chaplain positions for hospice programs across the country, ranging from his native Jackson, Mississippi, to the Southside of Chicago, western Colorado, to the Northshore of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. It was in Jackson that he was the owner's representative in the construction of the largest free-standing, inpatient hospice in the country at 
    Hospice Ministries, orginally a joint mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, and the Methodist Conference of Mississippi. 

    Tim studied early American colonial religious history and Greek at Mississippi College, and earned a Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he studied under Richard Fenn on the secularization process in culture. He later completed an Anglican Studies Certificate program at Nashotah House prior to ordination.

    Tim and his wife Alexis, an online Latin and Classics teacher, live in the Garden District of Alexandria and raise a rescue Yellow Lab named Simone. The
    W flag that flies from their porch, the victory flag of the Chicago Cubs, is in honor of his childhood baseball team and one he was fortunate to root on from a later home just blocks from Wrigley Field. He roots for the Saints and Tigers, of course!
     
  • The Rev. Michael Parham

    Deacon

    michael@stjamesla.org
    The Rev. Michael Parham was ordained a permanent deacon at St. James in October of 2019, and later joined the staff at St. James, coincidentally or with the work of God's Spirit, in December of 2019. Click here to learn a bit more about deacons in the Episcopal Church.

    Michael brings to St. James a very fresh and authentic expression about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. He shoots from the hip, as it were, yet in a very loving way.

    Michael grew up in LaSalle Parish and was a member of the Baptist faith. After a long absence from organized religion, he found his way to the Episcopal Church in 2012, having been invited to services at St. James by a friend. It was just a few years later that he discerned a call to ordained ministry.

    Deacon Michael's passion for ministry involves those who live with hunger, the unhoused, those living with HIV /AIDS, addiction/ recovery, and visiting those in prison. He believes that his calling involves extending the healing love of Jesus Christ to all people. One of his favorite experiences since ordination was participating with Fr. Tim and other parishioners in the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Alexandria, a small yet significant way to be visible to the larger community.

    Michael currently serves as Chair of the Bishop’s Commission on Addiction and Recovery, and he is a member of Diocesan Council, a group that offers regular counsel to Bishop Jake and continues the work of the diocese between annual conventions.

    In his "other life", Michael works as a Chief Nursing Officer for a local hospital. Michael's hobbies include travel and photography. He resides in Alexandria with two dogs, Booda and Henry. 
  • Roy S. Rosenthal

    Parish Administrator

    roy@stjamesla.org
    Roy joined the St. James staff as Parish Administrator in 2012, and in this role he maintains the financial records of the church, which includes accounts payable and receivable, and payroll. In addition, he works with Fr. Tim and the Treasurer to present the Vestry and other lay committees, such as both the Finance and Investment Oversight Committees, the most up to date financial information for budget forecasting and stewardship decisions.

    Roy works with the Treasurer, Fr. Tim, and the vestry in both developing and reporting the church's budget, as approved and overseen by the vestry. Roy also assists Fr. Tim with decisions on the daily/weekly use of church property, and has for a number of years taken on the role of facilitating the
    St. James Concert Series.

    Born and raised in Alexandria, Roy returned to his home in 2005, after living for nearly 30 years in Dallas. He recently completed the certification and is a 200-hour RYT yoga instructor.



     

     

  • Rita Klock

    Administrative Assistant

    rita@stjamesla.org
    Rita is one of the first voices you may hear when calling St. James. She has been the parish, Administrative Assistant, since 2011, after retiring from 33 years of teaching in the local Alexandria school system. She spent a good bit of her career teaching children with special needs. 

    Rita is the coordinator of our
    After School Tutoring Program - an outreach effort in which a small number of children from a local elementary school come to St. James twice a week during the school year to be paired with adult parishioners/mentors for developing reading skills. Rita also coordinates our Ministry Fund, an outreach effort in which we meet monthly with local residents to determine assistance for rent, utility assistance, overnight housing, or food. 

    According to Rita, being "a mother and grandmother is my most fulfilling role by far."
  • Michael Sterne

    Music Director

    info@stjamesla.org

    Michael has served as Music & Choir Director since 2012, and he has been very active as both an accompanist and choral director for community theatre and music productions around Alexandria. Michael has 30 years of music teaching experience, especially piano. 

    Michael has served as the accompanist for the
    Louisiana College Chorale for 15 years, which toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. He has been the Musical Director and/or accompanist for more than 50 productions for the CENLA (Central Louisiana) area, working with LBM Productions, City Park Players, Lagniappe Theatre, and Hallelujah (sponsored by the Alexandria Museum of Art). Michael has also performed with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra and has composed original scores for several local productions. 

    Michael lives in Alexandria with his daughter, Emma. 

     

  • Eileen DeBoer

    Pianist & Organist

    Eileen's ministry began in the spring of 2018, serving as the pianist for the 8:00 am service in the Chapel, as well as the organist for the 10:30 am service in the Nave. Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Eileen graduated with a degree in Church Music/Performance from the world-renowned Westminster Choir College. A week later, Eileen and Paul DeBoer were married. They have lived in New York, Virginia, Louisiana (two different times), Indiana, and Texas as well as Alberta, Canada.

    Eileen has played the organ and directed choirs in churches in each of these states. When not playing piano or organ, Eileen has an enormous job as the Registrar at Louisiana College. Paul and Eileen have 7 children (5 boys and 2 girls) and 16 grandchildren. Her favorite hobby is visiting children and grandchildren as much as possible.


     
  • Camille Meche

    Childrens' Education Director

    info@stjamesla.org
    Camille is a native of Baton Rouge and a cradle Episcopalian, though she says it was her time as a student at LSU that she rediscovered not only her faith but a love and appreciation for the spirituality and history of the Episcopal Church. Camille served for two years as a student intern at the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana's campus ministry at St. Alban’s and graduated from LSU in 2016. She married Bryan that same summer, moved to Pineville, and began teaching science at Holy Savior Menard Central High School in Alexandria.
     
    Camille began her ministry as Director of Children’s Education in 2017. She recruits volunteers, convenes, and teaches children on the first Sunday of each month during the church program, or academic year. She also oversees Vacation Bible School.


    Camille and Bryan welcomed their first child, Everett, into the world in August of 2019. They also have two dogs and a very large tortoise. When she is not teaching or at the church, Camille can be found reading, boating, fishing, skiing, collecting rocks, and spending time with her family.

     

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