The Rev’d Robert C. Hooper III (“Bob,” please) and his wife Priscilla married in 1988 and have three children and two Labrador retrievers, "Lilly" and "Theo." Bob received a B.S. in business/marketing from New England College in 1987 and a M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1995. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1996 after seven years in the brokerage and banking industry in New York. He served parishes in both Northern Virginia and suburban Boston before coming to St. James’s in 2002 to serve as rector.
The Rev. Joseph J. Rose graduated in May of 2022 from Yale with a Master of Divinity and a diploma in Anglican Studies. After returning from a pilgrimage in Canterbury, England, Joe was ordained as a transitional deacon in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. He previously served a 15-month internship at St. John's, New Haven, and received his Clinical Pastoral Education training at the VA Hospital in West Haven. He and his wife Heidi also served as co-executive directors at Trinity Church Wall Street’s retreat center in West Cornwall, CT. At Trinity Retreat Center, his work included, among other things, leading multigenerational retreats and camps, sharing in the preaching and liturgical life, and developing a creation care ministry that featured a “Good News Garden” farm and a sanctuary for rescued donkeys. He is a native of Washington State and attended Central Washington University before studying abroad for a year in Northern Ireland at which time he decided to become a journalist. Joe worked as a journalist for 23 years before discerning a call to the priesthood. Two of his ministry passions are feeding the hungry and living into our baptismal vow to “strive for justice and peace among all people,” respecting “the dignity of every human being.” Joe and Heidi reside in West Hartford and have two daughters - Una, who lives in Seattle, and Eleanor, who lives in Amherst, MA. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking, listening to vinyl records, reading, and going on walks with Heidi.
The Rev. Alan C. Murchie comes to St. James's from Trinity
Episcopal Church, Nichols in Trumbull CT, where he served as rector from
2018-2022. He has also served parishes in Stonington, Collinsville, and
Washington CT. Alan's musical career began early, at age 10, when he joined the
St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys in New York City. He has served as Director
of Music at St. James' Church, Madison Avenue; Trinity, Southport; Christ's
Church, Rye; The Episcopal Church at Yale; and Berkeley Divinity School at
Yale. Alan currently serves as Lecturer in Religious Studies and Music History
at Fairfield University, where he has taught for twelve years. He is a
graduate of St. Paul's School in Concord NH, Yale College, and Yale Divinity
School. Alan has just moved to the Elmwood neighborhood here in West Hartford, and
is delighted to be joining the St. James's family.
Mrs. Cheryl Batter arrived at St. James's in September of 2003 after serving as the assistant to the administrator at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford. Originally from Aroostook County in Northern Maine, Cheryl first came to Connecticut to study music at the Hartt School. She lives in Meriden with her husband Jeff, a native of Connecticut, and loves spending time with her step-daughter, Sara, and two grandchildren Autumn and Dahlia. Jeff serves as the organist and director of music and liturgy at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Berlin where Cheryl is a cantor and religion teacher.
Mr. Leon Fraser moved to West Hartford over one decade ago and is a trained teacher and sports coach by profession and journeyman by choice. He and his wife Marylin raised four children, including their daughter Nia who was a valued member of the St. James's choir for many years. Marylin is an active member of the congregation. He has served as sexton since 2016, and loves a good book, especially espionage thrillers.
Mrs. Priscilla Hooper moved to West Hartford in 2002 when her husband, Bob, was named rector of St. James's. She has worked as the Director of Religious Education (now called Director of Family Ministries) since 2003. Priscilla is the mother of three grown children—Robby, Henry and Maddy and mother of two four legged children, a yellow lab named Lilly, and a chocolate lab, Theo. In addition to her work at St. James's, she is a library paraprofessional at Morley School part-time. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and has dedicated her life to children and families.