Our Vestry

Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son. - Acts 20:28

Lou Flanagan

Sr Warden

Joanne and I have been members of St. James The Less for about 50 years. We have been active members since that time with our three children Trey, Katie, and Bob. During that time I have taught Sunday school, served on the Chenery Committee, served on and chaired the Stewardship Committee, served on the search committee, had tenures on the vestry serving as senior warden for two years. St. James The Less is a very important part of my life and I look forward to participating in its continued growth.

​Nancy Chamlee

Jr Warden

Bob and I joined St. James The Less in 1995. We transferred from St. Thomas in Richmond. I grew up in Chase City, Va. and was a member of St. John’s Episcopal. I recently retired from Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center and Richmond Community Hospital. My role there was Operations Manager in the Radiology Department. Retirement has given me the opportunity to become more involved in SJTL. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the children while helping with Mother’s Morning Out. I was Co-Chair of this years Stewardship Campaign. Serving on Altar Guild is very special to me and I enjoy…

Janet Rosser

Vestry Member

More than 25 years ago, my husband Derrick and I walked into St. James the Less on a Sunday in June.  We had been looking for a church home for our family -- our son Sam was about 6 months old then -- and had not found any place that felt right to us.  We walked through the doors carrying our baby, and a friendly soul immediately asked, "Who are you guys?"  We were hooked.  SJTL simply felt like home, and it still does.  Through life's ups and downs, SJTL and its wonderful people have always been there to support us, and I am so very thankful to be a part of this church.

I grew up…

Alice Cobb

Vestry Member

My name is Alice Cobb, and I am a cradle Episcopalian. I grew up going to Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, in Richmond, and Jim and I were married there. I have been a member of St. James the Less around 38 years. Our sons, Jamie and Phillip were confirmed at St. James the Less, and Phillip and Erin were married here. Over the years I have taught Bible School and Sunday School, and I have been on various committees: the Rector Search Committee, Parish Life, Christian Education, and on the Parish Life Nominating Committee. St. James the Less feels like home and family to me, and it would be…

Harry Hassell

Vestry Member

Harry moved from Virginia Beach to Ashland in 1995 when McKinney & Company hired him as their Senior Site Superintendent for commercial and industrial projects. In 2004, Harry began to attend St. James the Less and in 2006 was received into the Episcopal Church. Harry volunteered time on a number of projects for facilities over the years including the railings at the altar and several crosses among other items. In 2013, Harry began serving on the Vestry for an extended four-year term ending in 2017. 

In the community, he has served a term on the Board of Directors for the…

Gay Gibson

Vestry Member

Gay Gibson is a lifelong Episcopalian. Her father, Churchill Gibson, Jr., was an Episcopal priest; Gay grew up on the grounds of the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, where her father worked as the Chaplain. Her father also was the Chaplain of camps and Shrine Mont, so she spent her summers at Orkney through her teenage years. She attended St. George’s Camp for many years and was an active member of the youth group at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Alexandria.  

She attended St. Agnes Episcopal School for girls, a Diocesan school in Alexandria. After graduating from St.…

Ana Bajcsi

Vestry Member

I am honored to be nominated to the Vestry and to have the opportunity to serve my St. James the Less Family. My husband Brett and I have been members of St. James the Less since 2010,  soon after we moved to Ashland from Richmond, VA. We were married here that year when Fr. Ed Tracy was the rector. We were also blessed to have Fr. David Anderson baptize our twin boys, Cameron and James, in 2013. I immediately knew that St. James the Less was going to be our church home the first day I attended service with my husband. I fondly recall how welcoming and warm the parishioners were to us. I…

Ian Sutton

Vestry Member

Val and I came to Ashland seven years ago from Houston, Texas. The folks at St. James the Less immediately gave us a warm welcome — since then the church has become like a second a home. (I am writing this during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though we cannot visit one another, the church is still a home, even if we have to communicate remotely. Indeed, we can support each other more than we do in normal times.)

I am a chemical engineer who has worked in the process industries throughout my career: chemical plants, refineries and offshore platforms, so Ashland is a very different…

Karen Davies

Vestry Member

My husband Paul and I joined St. James the Less soon after we moved to Ashland in 2014. We previously lived in Lynchburg, and before that Durham, NC, where we raised our three (now grown) children. During our children’s formative years I served as a Girl Scout leader for six years and then on a regional GSA board. I also worked as a preschool teacher, and as a reading tutor at their elementary school. I am a cradle Episcopalian and pulled my Presbyterian husband into the fold shortly after we married in 1985. Prior to becoming empty nesters, we were active in Sunday School, VBS, Coffee…

Kimette Cannady

Vestry Member

Kim and her husband, Steve, found SJTL when they first moved to Ashland. They reaffirmed their faith, joined the Episcopal Church, and stayed here until 1997. They then moved to Colonial Beach, VA, where she attended St. Mary's Episcopal Church. She served on the Vestry there. They came back to Ashland in 2017 and has been here ever since, in the town and SJTL. Steve passed away in 2017 and her SJTL community surrounded her with love. She leads the Prayer Shawl ministry here at SJTL. Kim feels called to the Vestry, after much prayer, because as someone with years of life experience, she…

Jenny Bruce

Vestry Member

Don and I met in the SJTL choir and were married here in 2001. We have four grown sons and four grandchildren. I’m retired from Randolph-Macon College, where I taught and assisted students with special learning needs. I have served on the vestry in the past as well as being an active choir member, eucharistic minister, lector and member of various committees. I am honored to have been asked to stand for the vestry. I feel called to step back into a more active role at this time of hope. As we emerge from the pandemic, reopen our doors to worshiping together, listen to the music of our new…