Parish History

1958
St. James begins as a neighborhood bible study group, consisting of 38 families, under the guidance of the Rev. Robert Grafe and members of St. Barnabas in Southwest Portland. It becomes a mission of Christ Church of Lake Oswego and holds its first service, officiated by the Rev. John Vance on April 13th.

1963
A five-acre filbert orchard is purchased as a building site during the tenure of the Rev. Vincent Anderson.

1964
The Rt. Rev. James W.F. Carman dedicates the church building on November 8th as the Rev. John M. Galagan becomes vicar.

1967
Rev. Jackson R. Hazelett is installed by Bishop Carman as the new vicar.church in snow

1974
Ground breaking occurs for a parish hall and church school wing.

1975
St. James celebrates its new status as a parish during the Diocesan Convention.

1985
Sunday school rooms are utilized by Bull Mountain Montessori School, a relationship with St. James that continues to this day.

1993
Fr. Hazelett retires after serving for 26 years. During his tenure a commission structure is put in place. The Cursillo and Faith Alive movements both take hold and a variety of other parish events create a lively, outgoing, and welcoming community. The Rev. Lincoln Eng serves as interim rector and is involved in the design and fundraising for a building addition.

1996
During the tenure of The Rev. Douglas Hadley a $1 million building project is completed, adding a modern kitchen, a parish hall with seating for 260, six additional classrooms, and a new office space.

2001
The Rev. Simon Justice begins as rector. Under his leadership, St. James participates in the Percept process to refine its vision and focus.

2005
The Oregon Jusarang Church enters into agreement with St. James to share the church space.

2006
The Rev. Raggs Ragan begins as rector and restructures the governance of the church from a multi-commission system to three subcommittees chaired by three wardens. During her tenure the outdoor columbarium, labyrinth, and memorial garden are installed.

2013
The Rev. Dr. Robert Williams begins as rector when Mother Raggs is called to Trinity Cathedral.

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