The Rev. Dr. Charles (Charlie) M. Zimmerman is serving St. James as Interim Pastor. Pastor Charlie began his interim on Sunday, November 24, 2013. Pastor Charlie retired in May, 2013, after 39 years in parish ministry, the last 20 as senior pastor at First Lutheran, Greensboro. He has been active in the NC Synod where he served as Secretary for 12 years and on various boards and is a certified coach in the ELCA and helps mentor other pastors and lay leaders into becoming coaches. In Greensboro, Pastor Charlie was active on the board of Greensboro Urban Ministry and the Family Life Council. Pastor Charlie and his wife, Kay, have two sons, Michael and Scott. We welcome Pastor Charlie in our midst....
Mark Douglas Frye serves as the Director of Worship and Music/Organist at Saint James Lutheran Church in Concord, North Carolina, a position he has held since 2000. At Saint James, he oversees a vibrant music ministry that offers opportunities for everyone. Mark’s duties include directing the Parish Choir (the parish’s principle choral ensemble), the Bells of Saint James (a five-octave bell choir),the Singing Seniors (a senior adult choir that presents musical programs every Thursday morning in local nursing homes), and the RSCM Choristers (youth in grades three through high school). He also administers the Dunford-Ridenhour Concert Series on which Mark presents an Annual Christmas organ recital each year in addition to hosting guest artists including choirs, organists, and instrumentalists from around the country. During his time at Saint James, Mark spent two years overseeing a $300,000 renovation of the church’s historic 1927 Hook and Hastings pipe organ. In addition to his duties at Saint James, Mark founded and serves as the Artistic Director of the Cabarrus Chamber Singers, a 16-voice semi-professional chorus that presents concerts around the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Mark also served as Artistic Director of the Piedmont Choral Society for six years prior to establishing the Cabarrus Chamber Singers. Mark has held positions as Director of Music and Organist since the age of 16 in Baptist, United Methodist, Episcopal, and Lutheran churches. Having served parishes in Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina, he has also served as Organist in St. James Cathedral in Innsbruck, Austria and St. Urslua's Basilica in Munich, Germany. In 2003, Mark conducted a 14-day European Tour of the Saint James Parish Choir where they were the visiting choir for High Mass in Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy; Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome; Melk Abbey in Melk, Austria; and in Saint Stephen's Church, Vienna Austria. In addition to serving as the guest choir for several High Masses, the Parish Choir presented full concerts in Germany, Austria, and Italy. Mark's professional engagements include the American Guild of Organists, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the American Choral Director's Association, and the Royal School of Church Music. In 2013, Mark was nominated and inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society. The primary objective of the Society is the recognition and encouragement of the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship. Mark did his undergraduate work at the University of South Carolina where his major was Music Education. While at USC he studied organ with William H. Bates, voice with Tonya Currier, and choral conducting with Larry D. Wyatt. Mark also received a degree in Organ Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston- Salem, NC where he was a Kenan Organ Scholar. His teachers at UNCSA included Jack Mitchener and Erica Johnson. Mark received his Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC where he was a student of Dr. Katherine Kinsey.
Wade Rouzer joined St. James in November 2008 as the part time Youth and Family Life Director. He attended Wake Forest, Wingate, and graduated from Catawba College in 1967. He returned to school after 40 years in a family business, Rouzer Motor Parts in Salisbury and Lexington, and graduated in May 2008 from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary with at Master of Art in Religion concentrating on Christian Education and youth ministry. He and his wife Peggy have one son, four daughters and nine unbelievably wonderful grandchildren.
joined Saint James Lutheran Church in June, 2013 as a Part-Time Parish Administrator. She is married to Johnny and they have one daughter, Kelly married to Jim. Debbie previously worked as Coordinator for Mission, Justice, Disaster and Hunger Programs for the Presbytery of Charlotte. She has a heart for mission and stays involved with various Boards and Agencies that provide this outreach.
Margaret Pruette has been with the Saint James preschool since 1998, working first as a classroom teacher until 2004 when she became the director. Prior to having her two children, Graham and Hillary, Margaret taught in the Cabarrus County school system for four years. She is married to Taylor Pruette. Margaret grew up at Saint James where she has been a member 30 years.
Lois Marlow joined the staff of Saint James in 2011 as the Parish Nurse.
Marsha Scott joined Saint James in December of 2005. She is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, and has lived in Cincinnati, Nashville, and Louisville. In 1985, the Scott family moved to Concord, hopefully for the duration! Marsha received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Memphis (go Tigers!), and completed initial coursework toward the Master of Science degree in Business Management. In 2004, she achieved the Group Benefits Associate designation offered through the Wharton School of Business by the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist program. Her career path included positions at: Federated Department Stores; the Kentucky Council on Economic Education; Hinrichs Financial Group; Barry, Evans, Josephs & Snipes, Inc.; and Hinrichs Financial Corporate Benefits. Marsha is marred to Allen Scott, Environmental Services Director of the City of Conocrd. They have two children, Mark and Angela. They attend McGill Baptist church where Allen previously served as Minister of Education/Youth. In her leisure time, Marsha enjoys creative writing, crocheting & knitting, directing & acting in church drama programs, singing in the choir, ringing handbells, and co-teaching the Lydia-Dorcas Sunday School class.
Cindy Cruse joined the staff of Saint James in May, 2013 as Hospitality Coordinator. She is married to David and they have two children. Cindy enjoys cooking and working in the kitchen and helping people. She cooks and helps prepare meals for VBS, Lively Leisures, Wednesday Night's Together, and special events at Saint James.
Veronica Grady joined our staff in January, 2013 as Director of Children's Ministry.