St. James, Springfield, Missouri, was established by members of the other Episcopal churches in Springfield, St. John’s Church and Christ Church. Bishop Edward Welles appointed Roy Black, formerly a Baptist minister, to be the Licensed Lay Reader in charge.
The first service of Morning Prayer was held at the home of Mr. Black on June 14, 1959 with 28 adults and 11 children in attendance. Beginning in July services were held at the Tower Theater. In September the congregation was admitted as an organized mission. Mr. Black was ordained Deacon in November and Priest on May 23, 1960.
- SUN, 25 August August 24, 2019Jesus said: People will come from east and west, from north and south, and sit down at the feast in the kingdom of God. (Luke 13:22-30)