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Our Vision: Congregational Care Leaders will serve as an extension of the pastoral staff and are committed to providing direct congregational care to the St. James church family. Acts of care will include hospital, home, and care center visitation, telephone contact, service of communion, one-on-one ministry with persons needing a listening ear for prayer and encouragement, offer support to grieving families, and pro-actively seek to encourage members during seasons of transition and spiritual growth.

Our Mission: To utilize the gifts of Helps, Mercy, and Hospitality to connect members of the St. James congregation to Christ through support in a compassionate and caring manner while experiencing a crisis or difficulty in their lives involving illness, hospitalization, grief and life transitions.

“…’For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.  I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’  The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”  ` Matthew 25:35—36, 40 (NIV)

“To Know Is To Care ~ To Care Is To Know…


Care and Nurture

“We exist to meet the spiritual, emotional, physical and relational needs of our church family and community.” 


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Rev. Jacqueline McCall
Associate Pastor
Church Office: 816-444-5588

Rev. Elmer Cunningham, Jr.
Pastor of Congregational Care
Church office: 816-444-5588

Congregational Care Leaders
Co-Coordinator – Herb Duncan
Co-Coordinator – Gladys Cleaver
Co-Coordinator – Carol

Funeral Coordinators
Co-Coordinator – Iriciel “Cookie” Gadson
Co-Coordinator – Rosalyn Wilson
Co-Coordinator – Gladys Cleaver

GriefShare Ministry
Leader – Rosalyn Wilson
Facilitator – Iriciel “Cookie” Gadson
GriefShare Facilitator – Irene Watson
GriefShare Facilitator –Betty Vaughn

Health Ministry
Director – Meredith Shellner

Prayer Ministry
Co-Coordinator – Helen Walker
Co-Coordinator – Victoria Diarra

Wedding Ministry
Chair – Everlyn Williams
Co-Chair – Rachelle Hyder

Lay Servant Ministry
Coordinator – Brenda Smith-Keene
Lay Servant-Yvette Richards