Clergy & Staff


The Rev. Rock Higgins, Priest-In-Charge

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.



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 2 dogs of indeterminate breeding and sweet demeanor.  She loves to read and to travel.





Our Musicians:

Paul Robb, Interim Organist/Choir Director

Joanne Robb, Interim Director, St. Cecilia Children's Choir

Paul studied organ in high school with the late Robert Prichard at Pasadena Presbyterian Church and continued his studies as an organ performance major at Occidental College in Los Angeles.  Prior to coming to St. James the Less, Paul was organist and choir director at Westminster Presbyterian in Richmond.  He has also served at the Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg, St. George’s Episcopal of Fredericksburg, and Aquia Episcopal Church.  While in Fredericksburg, Paul was a founding member and Dean of the Rappahannock Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.

Joanne first directed a children’s church choir while a student minoring in music at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education, K-12.  She has taught preschool, elementary school and the alternative middle and high school education programs for Stafford County Schools.  Joanne has performed as a guest soprano soloist with various churches and choral ensembles in Richmond, DC and Fredericksburg.   Joanne codirected the children’s choir at Aquia Episcopal Church with her husband Paul.  Joanne has been the lead female performer in numerous professional musical theater productions in the Fredericksburg area.  Joanne has four fabulous children and eight grandchildren!






Loida Matthews, Nursery Attendant

Loida cares for infants and toddlers in the nursery on Sundays. She became part of the St. James the Less family in 2005. She and her husband have two daughters. She is originally from Davao, Philippines.









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