The Reverend Doctor James Croom
Jim comes to Saint Paul’s having most recently served as the interim rector of St. Alban’s in Davidson and St. Anne’s in Winston-Salem. Prior to that, he served in the Diocese of Western Michigan
as rector of Holy Trinity, Wyoming, Michigan (that’s right, Michigan. Not the state of Wyoming), and as the dean of the Grand Valley deanery surrounding Grand Rapids.
Father Jim has been ordained since 2001, as a second career priest who, for many years worked as a professional singer . . . primarily in opera. He likes to say that he had a long, but unimportant
opera career which included over 64 solo roles with companies such as San Francisco Opera, Scottish Opera, English National Opera, Western Opera Theater, Opera Carolina and others. For several years,
Jim was a North Carolina Visiting Artist serving in Onslow County, NC, during which time he worked in schools, churches, and among the various organizations across North Carolina, singing and
promoting the arts in the communities. During this time, he sang regularly with the North Carolina Symphony, and with other symphonies including the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish National
Orchestra, Scottish BBC Symphony and others.
Jim is a trained interim with an emphasis in mediation and reconciliation, who has been especially interested in working with congregations that have experienced conflict. In May, 2015, he was
awarded his doctorate in ministry “with distinction” from Western Theological Seminary in Holland Michigan, in the area of parish conflict.
Jim is married to Stephanie, an ordained minister in the Reformed Church of America, who was “born and bred” in Wilmington, NC. Steph is currently serving as the primary care-giver for her beloved
mom. With his own deep roots in North Carolina, Jim is delighted to be present with the Saint Paul’s community as we look together to exciting times ahead. He believes in this parish, feels confident
for the health of the community, and sees great opportunity here for working with this gifted community toward fulfillment of the very real potential to the advancement of God’s realm in this
National & Diocesan Clergy
- The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry: Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
Diocese of North
- The Rt. Rev. Samuel Rodman: Diocesan Bishop
- The Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple: Bishop Suffragan
- Canon Marlene J. Weigert: Canon to the Ordinary for Administration
- The Rev. Canon Dr. Rhonda Lee: Canon for Regional Ministry (South)
- The Rev. Canon Earnest Graham: Canon for Regional Ministry (Northwest)
- The Rev. Canon Dr. Cathy Deats: Canon for Regional Ministry (East)
- Canon Catherine Massey: Canon for Transition and Pastoral Ministries