Our Staff

We have a passion for people, our city of Athens, and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by a love of God, a genuine call to ministry, and a strong desire to see people come to a living faith in Jesus Christ. 

  • Bill Curington


    Bill loves to help people to know and hear God better.  Whether it's through sermons he delivers, Bible studies he teaches, people he prays for, or finding a ministry role for someone in Church, Bill enjoys seeing people grow in their faith with Jesus Christ. 

    Atpastorbill@sjathens.org  Phone 706.548.1680 

  • Stan Self

    Executive Minister

    Stan's role is primarily an ideator. He spends his time planning and ensuring that whether you visit us online, in person, or via livestream, you will have the best experience possible to the end that you will come to know, love, worship, and serve Jesus alongside the other folks at St. James. 

    Atstan@sjathens.org  Phone404.538.0628

  • Bryan Shaw

    Music Minister

    Bryan plays a vital role in glorifying Christ and creating an atmosphere of worship while enhancing the overall spiritual experience of the congregation through music.

    At bryan@sjathens.org  Phone706.316.2031 

  • LaMurl Morris


    LaMurl's primary role is to assist in leading worship. You will see her move from organ to piano to keyboard in our worship services. LaMurl encourages you to be a part of the music ministry where you can sing in one of the vocal ensembles or praise team or play an instrument in our worship services.

    At lamurl@sjathens.org  Phone706.461.3715 

  • Carol Staton

    Congregational Care Minister

    Carol's love for God and others leads her to faithfully shepherd people through life’s ups and downs, crises, and hardships through listening, compassion, and providing comfort to support the emotional and spiritual well-being of all in our congregation.

    At carol@sjathens.org  Phone706.254.5418 

  • April Hassell

    Children's Minister

    Cultivating a safe and fun environment where your children can come to know and love Jesus is central to April’s approach to Children’s ministry. With a focus that encompasses the whole family, she believes that discipleship built upon a strong biblical foundation is essential for training up children in the way they should go, seasoned with plenty of joy and laughter along the way! 

    Atapril@sjathens.org  Phone706.540.4227

  • Rosa Lee

    Youth MINISTER

    Rosa leads the youth in small group settings and activities beyond the church campus. The primary youth meeting is on Sunday nights where they share a meal together, worship, and then dive into God’s Word. Their focus is on knowing God deeper and experiencing radical life change through His love and community.

    Atrosa@sjathens.org  Phone229.251.8665

  • Jenna Parrish

    Assistant Children's Minister

    Jenna provides a safe, secure, clean, and fun environment for our youngest babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to explore. With plenty of age-appropriate crafts, games, music, toys, Bible stories, and books, Jenna hopes every child in the nursery will have a wonderful experience and encounter the love and gentleness of Jesus through her and her team of experienced nursery caregivers.

    At jenna@sjathens.org  Phone706.548.1680 

  • Mary Swift

    Administrative Assistant

    Mary's is the friendly voice you hear when you call the church and the smiling face you see when you visit the church office. She will answer your questions, connect you with the appropriate staff person, or otherwise facilitate your contact to meet your need, all while holding the office together on a daily basis.

    Atmary@sjathens.org  Phone 706.548.1680

  • Monica Calero

    Financial Secretary

    Monica is here to ensure that your financial gifts are properly received, recorded, and deposited. She also ensures that your end of year giving statements are distributed to you in a timely manner.

    Atmonica@sjathens.org  Phone 706.548.1680

  • Lloyd Craft

    Pastor of The Light

    Pastor Craft is the Pastor of The Light and serves on the staff of St. James where he shares his wisdom, experience, and unbounded love of Jesus. For more on The Light go HERE.