Jim Hunter, Rector
In 1976, Jim earned a BA from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana and simultaneously was commissioned in the U.S. Navy as a Supply Corps Officer. While on Active duty in San Diego, California In 1978, Jim was called by the Lord to enter the ordained ministry to become a Navy Chaplain. In 1984, Jim graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia and began parish ministry in New Jersey. Ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church in February 1985 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, and a priest in August 1985, at Holy Trinity Parish, Clemson, South Carolina where, by then, Jim was serving as the Curate. He maintained his affiliation with the Navy and in February 1989, returned to active duty to test his sense of calling as a Navy Chaplain. While on active duty, he served on the USS BIDDLE (CG-34), a guided missile cruiser, during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. During this time, Jim was awarded the literary prize named the Polly Bond Award of Excellence, first-place for his article entitled The Battle Hymn of the Republic. This article was published in the newspaper of the Diocese of Rochester, New York The Chronicle. In April 1991, Jim began serving with the Amphibious Navy at the Little Creek Naval Base in Virginia Beach, Virginia as the Chaplain of Amphibious Beach Group 2 with over 1,500 sailors and their families. In February 1992, due to the down-sizing of the Navy, Jim returned to parish life. Since then he has served parishes in Newton, North Carolina, Morgantown, North Carolina, and Virginia Beach, Virginia. On October 1, 2000 Jim joined Good News Jail & Prison Ministry as the Chaplain for the Charles County Detention Center in La Plata, Maryland. In 2007 Jim was given the additional responsibility as Chaplain of the Calvert County Detention Center. Jim also served as the part time Priest-In-Charge of All Faith Episcopal Church in Charlotte Hall, Maryland from March 2003 through the end of December 2007. In 2001 Jim married Jeannine Macomber. In December 2007 Jim was called to be the Rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, starting January 1, 2008, where he lives with Jeannine and their cat, Callie. In June 2013 Jim began work on a Doctor of Ministry Degree in the area of Evangelism at Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania.