The Reverend Dr. John McCard was called as 14th rector of St. James’s Church on June 24, 2017. John grew up in Macon, Georgia. A graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, he earned his Master of Divinity degree from General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1992. John also completed a Master of Sacred Theology degree at Nashotah House in 2003 and a Doctor of Ministry Degree at Virginia Theological Seminary in 2007. John serves as a vestry retreat leader and consultant and is an authority on the writings and life of C.S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia. Prior to joining St. James’s, John served St. Martin in the Fields Church in Atlanta as rector for thirteen years. John is married to Cynthia King McCard, who, among possessing other gifts, is a classically-trained opera singer. They are proud parents of three daughters: Florrie, Clementine, and Matilda.
Senior Associate Rector for Adult Formation
The Reverend Hilary Streever joined St. James’s in the summer of 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School in New Haven, Conn. Hilary was ordained a priest in 2012 through the Diocese of Southwest Virginia and served as Priest-in-Charge at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Abingdon, Va., until joining our staff. Hilary is the church’s adult formation leader. She is married to David Streever, a writer and IT professional, and they have one daughter.
Associate Rector for Small Group Ministries
The Reverend Dr. Mark Cooper is a Lutheran pastor who also is a board-certified clinical educator in the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Seminary in Richmond, Va. In addition, he is a registered yoga instructor. He is also an author and entrepreneur. He had his own counseling practice at Discern, Inc., and Pastoral Counseling Associates, Inc. Pastor Cooper’s first book was entitled Get A Life: A Second Chance After Fifty, and his second is Mapping Your Adventure: Discovering Integrity in a Life Review. In addition to his teaching and pastoral assignments, Mark leads pilgrimages along the Camino de Santiago through Spain and Portugal.
Associate Rector for Pastoral Ministries
Dr. Bob Friend joined St. James’s in the summer of 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, which is also where he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree. Bob was ordained a priest in 1976 through the Diocese of Virginia and has led churches in Newport News, Annapolis, and northern Virginia before being Rector of All Saints’ in Richmond prior to his retirement. Bob’s work is mostly pastoral in nature, but he also leads classes and retreats from time to time.