CLERGY AND STAFF
I am delighted to have been called as Rector of this dynamic, loving and growing Episcopal parish, affectionately known as St. James, and I look forward to seeing where God will lead us together. It is my intention to build upon the previous leadership in proclaiming the good news and the joy found in the love of Christ.
Whether you are just beginning your faith walk, or deepening a mature relationship with God, there is a place for you here and I invite you to join us.
In His Joy,
De Freeman +
MARY JAYNE LEDGERWOOD
Mary Jayne Ledgerwood grew up in the Mississippi Delta, graduated from Ole Miss, and founded a public relations and communications firm in Jackson, Mississippi before moving to the Washington, DC area. After being called to ordained ministry, she received a Master in Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia and a Doctor of Ministry in Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
She served parishes in the dioceses of Virginia and Maryland before moving to Pensacola where she began to serve in the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast in late 2016. She comes to us having most recently served as interim rector at St. Thomas, Greenville.
“I am thrilled to be joining the staff of St. James, and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for us together in ministry!” exclaims Mary Jayne.
Forbes grew up on the Gulf Coast in Mobile, Alabama where he attended St. Paul’s Church and School. Spending his summers and weekends on the water, a deep love for fishing and the outdoors took hold. He also has a passion for music and has spent time as a guitar instructor in schools and a performer in venues throughout the Southeast.
Forbes graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree from the Mitchell School of Business while pursuing his musical interests and serving as a Youth Minister. After being called to ordained ministry, he attended the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas where he received his Masters of Divinity degree. Returning to the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, Forbes began his curacy at St. Simon’s on the Sound.
Forbes comes to St. James with his wife Haden, and two daughters Marion and Anne Haden.