Church Staff

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French, David
Senior Pastor

Pastor French a native of Connecticut served four years in the military before attending Mattatuck Community College where he received an Associates Degree in Environmental Science. He then attended the University of Connecticut where he received a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutritional Science and in 1992 received his Masters of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary. Pastor has served at St. James since August of that same year. Pastor French has been married to Jan for over 30 years and together they raised two daughters Rebecca and Sara and now enjoy the blessings of a grandson Jaiden. Pastor and Jan enjoy fishing and traveling by car as they listen to books visiting family who are spread out from New Brunswick, Canada to Oklahoma

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Goodspeed, Amanda
Director of Music

Mrs. Amanda Goodspeed continues in her 8th year as Director of Music for St. James Church and School.  A graduate of St. James school in 1994, Mrs. Goodspeed is privileged to continue to teach and share the music of our Lutheran heritage.  In addition to school music, Mrs. Goodspeed is faculty advisor for the volunteer librarians.  Mrs. Goodspeed encourages all parents and congregation members to join the adult choir, handbell choir and instrumental groups which she directs.  When not at church/school (no, she does not live at church), Mrs. Goodspeed enjoys providing experiences for her children Amelia (Fifth Grade), Joey (Third Grade) and Heidi (PreK). 

Her confirmation/favorite verse is: The Lord is my light and my salvation, — whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

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Hecht, Nola
Church Secretary
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Heckert, Peter
Associate Pastor
Smith, Marietta
Business Manager