Staff

Rector

The Rev. Amy Spagna

St. James Episcopal Church of Woodstock, Vermont recently called the Reverend Amy Spagna as their new full-time Rector.

Amy is a priest from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.  She has served at Christ Church in Westerly, Rhode Island and Trinity Episcopal Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 

Amy received a Master of Sacred Theology from The School of Theology at The University of the South, Sewanee Tennessee as well as a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from Randolph-Macon College with a degree in Latin and Greek.

“We are excited to embark on this new chapter at St. James,” said Senior Warden Barbara Johnson.  “We are blessed to have such an accomplished and energetic new Reverend to lead us at St. James”. 

Amy has experience working with youth in her career prior to becoming a priest, and as a priest.  She was a high school Latin teacher in Northern Virginia for 10 years, has organized a Vacation Bible School, started a “Young Adults in Church” group, and has led a children’s chapel and youth groups.  Amy has sung in church and community choirs most of her life and has recently been studying the piano.

 

“I am excited to join the congregation at St. James and am looking forward to living in Woodstock” said Rev. Amy Spagna. 

Organist and Choirmaster

Dr. James E. Lorenz

 

Dr. James Lorenz joined the staff at St. James as organist and music director in October 2014.  Jim was formerly organist and choirmaster at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Fort Myers, Florida.  At. St. Luke's, he provided all organ music for services and directs the adult, treble, and handbell choirs.  He has also directed viola da gamba and recorder consorts at St. Luke's.  He participated in the parish's Shakespeare Players, providing both direction and original incidental music.

Jim grew up in upstate New York and later enrolled at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York, where he earned a bachelor's degree in church music. His education continued at Florida State University, where he earned both a master's and a doctorate in organ performance. In addition, he received a certificate in early music from Florida State. While the organ is Jim's principal instrument, he has also studied harpsichord, piano, voice, and harp.

Outside of his parish work, Jim has performed widely as a solo recitalist in Florida and has served as the assistant director of the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers, as an adjunct professor at the Bower School of Music (Florida Gulf Coast University), and as an adjunct organ and harpsichord professor at Edison College (Fort Myers). The choral works he has prepared, directed, and/or performed in the last ten years include Bach's St. John Passion; the requiems of Fauré, Mozart, and Rutter, and Orff's Camina burana.

Jim may be reached at jlorenz@stjameswoodstock.org

Parish Administrator

Sari Cutter White

Sari joined the staff at St. James as the Parish Administrator in 2011. Outside of her duties for the church, Sari manages a membership marketing organization from home, conducting seminars and an annual conference for marketing personnel throughout the New England states. She is also an EMT with the Woodstock Ambulance Service and the Green Mountain Disaster Relief Team, helping those in need following natural disasters throughout the U.S.  In her spare time she enjoys skiing and tries to play tennis at least 4 days a week. 

Sari resides in Woodstock and has a 29-year old daughter who is currently living in Colorado teaching 2nd grade students.

Sari may be reached at swhite@stjameswoodstock.org

Treasurer

Karen Vitols

Karen has been a long-time parishioner at St. James, has served 4 terms on the Vestry and has been the church Treasurer since 2004. She is retired from her family business at the Shire Apothecary and now enjoys playing golf, pickleball and taking Yoga classes. 
Karen and her husband, Imants have two children and two grandchildren. 

Bookkeeper

Amanda James

Amanda joined St. James in August of 2017. Prior to joining us, she worked in the financial offices at Braver & Co. in Boston, King Arthur Flour in Norwich and for her family business, Hartland Flower Farm. She is a Master gardener and enjoys growing her own vegetables and raising chickens. 
Amanda is married and has two children, ages 5 and 14. 

Wedding Coordinator
Julie Groppe

Julie has been overseeing weddings at St. James for more than 10 years. When not helping brides make it down the aisle, she is an employee benefits administrator and long time St. James choir member.

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