Fr. James is the Guild Vicar of St. Lawrence Jewry. Before moving to London, he ministered in both urban civic and rural parishes in his native Lincolnshire. Having studied Heritage Management as an undergraduate, and subsequently working in the funeral industry, he went up to Westcott House, Cambridge where he trained for the priesthood, spending three years completing a degree in Theology and Ministry, and developing an interest in liturgy and how architecture and space contribute to the experience of worship. He retains a keen interest in history and heritage and remains a proud ‘Lincolnshire Yellowbelly’.
St. Lawrence Jewry is the official Guild Church to the Lord Mayor and City of London Corporation. Located in the heart of the city, on Guildhall Yard, it has shared in the life of the city for almost 900 years. The original church was destroyed in the Great Fire and rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren. Arguably one of the finest examples of his work, it was extensively damaged during World War Two, but rebuilt almost exactly to Wren’s original design. The church is open during the week, offering regular daily worship and a place of peace and sanctuary in the midst of busy city life.