St. James of Jerusalem

a Mission of the Diocese of Long Island 

About Us

St. James is a welcoming and inclusive church. All community members are welcome here. 

Our church was founded in 1880. 

The chapel was legally incorporated as a church in 1938 when it moved to its present location and the current building, which has been granted landmark status, was constructed.

We are part of the Episcopal Church in the United States (ECUSA) which is led by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and a triennial General Convention.  There are 100 dioceses - local gatherings of churches - in the United States, each led by one or more bishops.  The word, “episcopal”, in fact, is Latin for “bishop”.  Ours is the Diocese of Long Island, with 132 congregations, and is led by The Right Reverend Lawrence C. Provenzano.



St. James is a place of extreme welcome and radical hospitality. 


Absolutely everyone - those of great faith or great doubt, regular churchgoers, the “spiritual but not religious”, the merely curious, noisy children, skeptical teens, over-worked parents, honored elders, and everyone in-between - is wanted, expected, and awaited here. We hope our church will reflect the open-hearted God whom we worship, so welcome is our primary ministry.

Should you journey with us - for a while or forever - your talents will be put to use, your voice honored, your heart known, your needs respected, and your hurts treated with care. 

We are a people “in-transition”, having weathered some hard things in recent years, but feeling entirely ready for the renewal that God is always asking of every heart, every community.

St. James Church offers hospitality to a 10:00 am, Monday - Friday Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and a 10:15 Saturday Yoga class, each of which is open to new members.

We collect non-perishable foods for the Long beach Soup Kitchen and are seeking additional ways to be of service to the people of Long Beach, hoping, soon, to offer a prayer ministry for those suffering any addictions and all who love them.

Stay tuned for details!



St. James of Jerusalem church is led by the Reverend Susan K. Bock who leads worship at St. James every Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. except for the last Sunday of the month.

Father Kurt Von Roeschlaub, St. James’ interim priest 2017-2019, will continue to conduct services on the last weekend of each month, along with other guest ministers including Father Rand Frew. 


A Bishop's Committee of six members and two wardens govern the church.

St. James Bishop’s Committee

Karin Bailey
David Horvath 

Lenore Fleming
Wendy L. Goldstein, Clerk
Betsy Hill, Treasurer
Ann Kemler
Judith Mason   
Nishan Parlakian


Convention Delegate: Betsy Hill 

Verger: Donald Fraser


Altar Guild: Margie Fraser

St. James Choir

Isola Best

Lenore Fleming

Dania Hall

Peter Nicholson

Nishan Parlakian

All are welcome to sing with the choir. Come any Sunday at 9:15 a.m. to rehearse.

St. James of Jerusalem
a Mission of the Diocese of Long Island


220 W.  Penn St.

Long Beach, NY 11561

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