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Interim Pastor

Christi Pursey

Pastor Christi L Pursey is a graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, class of 2008.  She began her call that summer and has continued in the ministry for God serving in numerous parishes as a full time Pastor, Stated Supply Pastor and as an Interim Pastor.

As a certified Spiritual Director, Pastor Christi leads small groups and/or individuals, by helping them discern what God is up to in their lives. 

Additionally, Pastor Christi serves as an adjunct professor at LR/LTSS in Columbia where she is small group mentor for the Field Education class.

Pastor Christi is blessed with two children, two sons-in-law, five grandchildren. She enjoys the quiet of relaxing on the beach or fishing on a lake.

Pastor Christi’s greatest joy is seeing God’s people respond to God’s grace gifts through worship, Biblical study, and service. Pastor Christi views all of God’s creation as being vital to her relationship with God.

If you would like to meet with Pastor Christi, please feel free to contact us to schedule your time.

God is with us!


Music Director

Jeff Clearman

Jefferey Clearman (Jeff) is a native of Petal Mississippi. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Memphis where he studied with Dr. John David Peterson. Jeff attended the University of Mississippi where he was a member of the Concert Singers, accompanist in the voice department and also accompanist for the Spirit of Ole Miss, the university’s show choir. He has sung and played under the baton of Robert Shaw, Alan Balter and Jerry Jordan. Jeff has done additional organ study with Diane Meredith Belcher and Dr. Jeff McLelland. He has been organist/choirmaster at St. Peter’s

Episcopal Church in Oxford MS, All Saints Episcopal Church in Mobile, AL,  All Saints Memorial Church in Navesink, NJ, and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Somerville, NJ. Jeff also has been musical director for musical theater; Joseph and the AmazingTechnicolor Dreamcoat and Once Upon a Mattress for the Stone Church Players in Navesink. In Mobile he was musical director for the Joe Jefferson Players production of Avenue Q and the Chickasaw Community Theater’s production of Mary Poppins and Oklahoma. Jeff lives in Columbia with his husband Kevin Davis, who is Organist/Choirmaster at Mount Tabor Lutheran Church in West Columbia, and their cat Midnight. They have one daughter, two grandsons. They live in Sledge, MS just south of Memphis, TN.

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Sharon Summers

Administrative Assistant

I have had a varied career from the office work here, to office work for the government.  I have been involved in real estate and have a cleaning business on the side.  The focus of my life are my husband and two sons.  My older son lives in Charleston and is making it on his own (with constant parental encouragement!).  My younger son is autistic with a number of special needs.  Working for St. James gives me the flexibility I need to care for them both and to volunteer in the community of families dealing with special needs. I love the interaction with people in the St. James’ office.  Make sure you say hello!