The Chapel of St. James the Fisherman has had a long-standing tradition of outstanding preaching. Every summer since its inception, the Chapel has welcomed a combination of resident and visiting clergy to the pulpit.
Our priest-in-charge, The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, will preach on June 27, July 11, July 25 (The Feast of St. James the Fisherman), August 15, and August 29.
Our 2021 worship season will be enriched by a number of outstanding guest preachers.
The Rt. Rev. Mark Beckwith served as Bishop of Newark, NJ from 2007 to 2018. Prior to that, he served congregations in Massachusetts and New Jersey. He and his wife Marilyn have retired to Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Mark assists in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts as a part-time Canon for Spirituality and Leadership. He is Bishop liaison for Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a network of bishops that he co-founded in 2012. He also serves as co-chair for Partnerships for Braver Angels, a national organization and movement that seeks to de-polarize America. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Berkeley Divinity School. He has two children and two grandchildren. He is an enthusiastic skier, hiker, gardener, tennis player, cyclist, swimmer and singer..
July 18 – The Venerable Calhoun (Callie) Walpole
The Venerable Calhoun (Callie) Walpole is the Subdean of Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston, South Carolina. A native of John’s Island, she has served the Diocesan Missioner for Hispanic Ministry, as lay vicar for the congregation of San Juan on John’s Island, and assistant rector of Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church on Pawley’s Island. She has taught high school Spanish, and has served on the board of Georgetown County’s Habitat for Humanity. In March 2013 she was appointed Archdeacon of the Diocese of South Carolina. Callie graduated from The University of the South with a Master of Divinity degree in 2005. Her hobbies include crabbing, reading, history, writing, and walking..
August 1 – The Rev. Geoffrey (Geoff) Curtiss
The Rev. Geoff Curtiss is the retired rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hoboken, New Jersey where he spent over thirty years reinvigorating an historic parish, organizing the community for justice, leading a hospital board, and starting an Episcopal Day School. In his retirement, Geoff has worked as a prison chaplain, continues to be involved with the Industrial Areas Organization, leads the Episcopal Network for Economic Justice and serves as a board member of Cristosal, an organization devoted to advancing human rights in Central America. Geoff received his bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College and his master's degree from the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary.
When not busy trying to change the world, Geoff plays golf, body surfs on the Jersey Shore, tends to his train sets, collects food for his local food pantry, reads, and organizes on his extensive collection of 45’s and vinyl albums.
August 8 – The Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Lupfer
Having served as the 18 th Rector of Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City and Dean of Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, Bill is currently serving as the Interim Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Phoenix, Arizona. As Rector of Trinity Wall Street, he was an advocate for new and dynamic ways to help Trinity use its immense resources to build up the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion, create new ways of doing theological education and preparing church leaders, and empower those without adequate voice in society. Bill also served parishes in Kenilworth, Illinois and Plymouth, Michigan, campus ministries in Evanston, Illinois and Baltimore, Maryland, and was a prison chaplain in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His early days in ministry were spent leading young people on wilderness adventure trips.
Bill earned his bachelor’s degree in Comparative Religions from the University of Colorado, his Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Seabury- Western Theological Seminary, completing his dissertation, “The Rector as Parish Leader: Leveraging Vestry Leadership for Spiritual Formation.”
Bill is an adventurer, sportsman, reader, and music lover. His wife Kimiko Koga, born and raised in Tokyo, is a jeweler. Together, they have travelled widely with their two teenagers. Their life mission is to build bridges across differences of culture, race and custom.
August 22 - Ms. Ingrid Jacobson
Ingrid Jacobson is postulant from the Diocese of California and a seminarian at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. A “cradle” Episcopalian, Ingrid grew up in a clergy family. After graduating from Harvard College, Ingrid worked in advertising in New York until the late ‘80s when she moved to London, where she then lived for more than 25 years. While living in London, she earned an MS in Social Policy from the London School of Economics, and worked as a management consultant to a variety of non-profit organizations.
In 2014, Ingrid moved to San Francisco where she lives with her husband, Cabot Brown (with whom she was joined in Holy Matrimony at the Chapel of St. James the Fisherman in 2013). Ingrid & Cabot have been members of the Chapel ever since, as well as of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco, where she serves regularly as a preacher, lector, Eucharistic Minister, and Christian educator.
September 6 – Pastor Emily Olsen
Emily Olsen serves as the Pastor at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Gladwin Michigan. A member of the Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, Emily uses storytelling as a way to inspire and encourage her congregation. She also spouts on-the-fly fairytales for the 3 rd , 4 th , and 5 th graders during their lunch hour at Gladwin Intermediate School and produces the occasional parable for the children of Christ the King’s after school ministry, Kids’ Club. In her storytelling, Emily utilizes a combination of scripture, early church legend, fairytales, her two cats Noodle and Meatball, and her deeply flawed office vine Jealous Plant - sometimes all at the same time.
A volunteer firefighter, Emily is a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin and a graduate of Pacific Lutheran Seminary in California where she earned a Masters of Divinity and Masters of Art in Biblical Studies. She comes to preaching at the Chapel by way of her parents Peter and Sesle Olsen (a member of the Chapel’s Vestry).