Basic Information

To prospective applicants:

Thank you for your interest in St James Episcopal Church!  St. James’ Episcopal Church is considered to be one of the oldest non-Roman Catholic churches in southern New Mexico, with a colorful history and long record of service to its parishioners and the community in Dona Ana County.  We invite you to peruse our website to discover more about this wonderful church community.  Below please find a brief summary of information about St James concerning our day to day operations.

St James Episcopal Church Mission Statement:

The mission of St James’ Episcopal Church is to spread the love of Jesus Christ and to proclaim his Gospel; to study the scriptures and encourage the seekers; to worship God in spirit and in truth; to share our blessings with those in needs; and to welcome all who come among us.

Worship Service

Holy Eucharist services are normally held three times each week.

On Sundays, there is an 8:00 a.m. Rite I service with limited music for early risers.  At 10:30 there is a Rite II service, complete with choir, organ, and occasional guest musicians and soloists.

On Wednesday at 10:00am there is a Rite I service. 

Sunday School

Adult Sunday School is held on Sunday’s starting at 9:30 a.m.

Children Sunday School is offered at the 10:30 Sunday worship service.  The children are brought into the worship service at communion by the Sunday School volunteers and at times participate in special celebrations.  Please see “Sunday School” under Ministries in our website.

The Ministry of the Laity in Worship

St James is blessed with an active Lay Eucharistic Ministers group, trained by the rector and chairperson.  They are licensed by the bishop to administer the chalice.  Some also serve as Acolytes as needed.  St James also has two licensed Eucharistic Visitors and one in training.


St James is fortunate to have a music director that is a part time employee.  She oversees the 10:30 service music as well as directs the choir.  Her talent is greatly appreciated along with her broad selection and variety of church music.  In the website you will find a special news article, under Media > Music of the Church, highlighting a special retreat the choir participated in last year.

St James also has a volunteer organist at the 8:00 service and a paid organist at the 10:30 service.  The 10:30 service instrumentalist plays both the organ and the piano at that service.


St James has a dedicated and hardworking Parish Administrator and Bookkeeper.  The Parish Administrator works 4 days a week for a total of 18 hours per week.  The Bookkeeper is licensed and is paid on an hourly basis.  In addition to performing day to day administrative functions, the Parish Administrator prepares materials for services and oversees organizing and sending bills to the Bookkeeper.  The Parish Administrator is also responsible for creating a weekly Friday email which is sent to members of the parish.


St James Episcopal Church Vestry is a 9 member committee that attends to all business matters of the Parish, including the provision and keeping in good order of the house of worship with all its necessary furnishings and appointments, and of all other Parish properties.  This nine-member committee can be found in the “About Us” section of the website.  For more information, please use link at the end of the page for the St James’ Episcopal Church Bylaws.


We invite you to see information concerning Volunteers and Committees in our website under “Ministries”.

St James’ Episcopal Church, the Corporation

St James Episcopal Church is a non-profit corporation under the Nonprofit Corporation Law of the State of NM.  The parish is a nonprofit organization that is affiliated with the Diocese of the Rio Grande and the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, both nonprofit organizations under the provisions of §501(c)(3), Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).

Click here for a current copy of the Bylaws of St James Episcopal Church of Mesilla, Inc.