Clergy & Staff


The Rev. Rock Higgins, Rector

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 Youth Pilgrimages. He has been married for 25 years to Stephanie Gurnsey Higgins, and they have two school age daughters.   
Follow Rev. Rock's blog, including all of his sermons, here.

The Rev. Deacon Harrison Higgins - Vocational Deacon

The Rev. Deacon Harrison Higgins is our vocational deacon, representing SJTL out in the world, especially working in and around the Randolph-Macon College campus.  He was ordained a deacon in 2012.  Harrison is a life-long Richmonder, educated at Collegiate School, Woodberry Forest School, and earned a BA from Davidson College.  He is a custom furniture designer and builder, with a shop, Harrison Higgins, Inc., in Scott’s Addition.  As a deacon, he previously served Church of the Epiphany before joining SJTL.  He is married to Susan G. Higgins, he has 3 children and 9 grandchildren.  He’s lived in Ashland for 14 years and loves the area.


Margaret Rush, Parish Administrator

Margaret brings a strong administrative background to her role as Parish Administrator, having held similar roles in the corporate world as well as the non-profit world.  Previously, she served as the Executive Assistant to a rector and was also interim communications director of another Richmond Episcopal parish.  Margaret juggles tasks with ease and serves parishioners diplomatically and compassionately. She earned her B.A. at Nazareth College of Rochester, NY; a paralegal certificate from the Philadelphia Institute of Paralegal Training (sadly, now closed); and she modeled good study skills and habits to her then-middle-school-aged boys while she earned an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She briefly considered seminary, and has since come to the realization that being an administrator is a calling and a form of ministry in itself.

A single parent, she has two adult sons and 1 dog of indeterminate breeding and sweet demeanor.  She loves to read and to travel.







Ashley Rae Harrison, Spring Intern

Ashley is a senior at Randolph-Macon majoring in Psychology and Religious Studies. She is serving as an intern in hopes to learn more about the ministry. Her passions include music, working with children, and animals, specifically her dog Scruffy. She is excited to learn about the ministry at St. James the Less. 





















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