Our Church Clergy and Staff

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. 

- Ephesians 4:11

The Rev. Rock Higgins

The Rev. Jeffrey "Rock" Higgins is a life-long Virginian, born in Newport News. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, and George Mason University School of Public Policy. He began serving churches in 1987, and has had a varied career in many size churches in various roles. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2014, and has served both St. Thomas' and St. Paul's in Richmond. He has served 8 years at Shrine Mont as a camp director, leads retreats for those discerning a call to the priesthood for the Diocese, and has led the Triangle of Hope… Learn More

Deacon Dawn McNamara


I feel so blessed at this moment as I think back on the celebration this weekend and what lies ahead as a Deacon at St. James the Less.

First,  a little bit about me.   I am a native North Carolinian and have l lived in the Richmond area since the age of nine when my father was transferred with his job.

A graduate of Longwood University in 1987 with a degree in Social Work, I have been a medical social worker in nursing facilities and hospitals.  I am currently Director of Social Services at Westport Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

I married Dan… Learn More

Kasey Buckland

Parish Administrator

Kasey Buckland is grateful to be part of the SJTL family!  Living and working in Hanover gives her great pride, especially serving this wonderful community. 

Her professional background is in Operations Management for a Corporate Concierge company and Pharmaceutical sales.  She is a graduate (2019)  of the RUAH school of Spiritual Direction at Richmond Hill. Dedicating time to volunteer for the Kersey Creek PTA, Side By Side and also a foster for the Richmond SPCA is very important to her.  In her free time, she and her family love to go camping and travel.  One of their goals is… Learn More

Reginald Long

Organist/Choir Director

Reggie Long is a native of Ashland, Virginia. He received the Bachelor of Music in Church Music degree, with a major in organ and minor in piano and voice, from the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. He is a frequent performer in the Richmond area and has been a featured recitalist several times at the Washington National Cathedral and has also made several tours of England. He is an active member of the American Guild of Organists, The American Choral Directors Association, The Choristers Guild, and The Royal School of Church Music.

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Miriam Smith

Christian Formation Director

Miriam Smith is a Board-Certified Music Therapist with experience working with youth and adults for over 10 years in both group and individual settings. She is passionate about working within the community and actively engaging participants to give back to those around them. In her private practice, she works with multiple non-profits in the area to provide music therapy to pediatric patients and those with developmental disabilities.

Miriam has a B.A. in Religious Studies from Randolph-Macon College and a graduate certificate in Music Therapy from Shenandoah University. She… Learn More

Dr. Bart Natoli

Dr. Bart Natoli was born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1985. After moving to America, he took his B.A. in Latin, Greek, and Secondary Education from the University of Richmond in 2007. He then took his M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University in 2012. Finally, he took his Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. He currently serves as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at Randolph-Macon College.

In 2022, Bart began to discern a call to the priesthood and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Bexley-… Learn More