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Saturday February 22, 2014

Amidst one of the worst winter seasons on record, the weather could not have been better for the 1st Annual St. James Forum. A sunny 60 degree afternoon awaited over 100 attendees who gathered on the campus of St. James School. The event was tailored to faith-based communities and focused on Episcopal education in today’s struggling school systems.

The afternoon began with a noonday prayer service in the historic Church of St. James the Less, led by Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel, III, Bishop Provisional of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Guests were treated to a performance by the St. James School Choir, directed by St. James School Music Teacher Dr. Darryl Roland.

Guests enjoyed lunch and the opportunity to share ideas with staff, clergy, lay leaders, and parishioners from over 20 area churches. Special guest Ann Mellow, associate director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, delivered an inspiring talk on the role of Episcopal schools in education, especially those serving underresourced neighborhoods.

Click here to download Ann Mellow’s address.

St. James Head of School David Kasievich emphasized how integral church partners are to the work at St. James School and beyond.

Many church partners provide invaluable volunteer service, financial support, and strategic leadership, and as such were recognized during a final awards ceremony. Congratulations to the winners of the 1st Annual Church Ambassadors Awards. The school community is ever grateful to all attendees for ample enthusiasm and ideas in continuing this great mission in Allegheny West Philadelphia.


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2014 Award Winners

Churches/ Organizations


Arch Street Presbyterian Church – Wanamaker Leadership Award


Brotherhood of St. Gregory – Brotherhood Award

Church of the Advent, Kennett Square – Jazz and Pizazz Award

Church of the Ascension, Gaithersburg, MD – Going the Distance Award


Church of St. Martin-in-the Fields – Beacon of Hope Award

Diocese of Pennsylvania Family & Young Adult Ministry – Catalyst Award

East Falls Presbyterian Church – Neighborhood Church Award


Saint Mark’s Church – Trailblazer Award


St. Asaph’s Church – Holiday Cheer Award


St. Christopher’s Church, Gladwyne – Rev. Mary E. Laney Spirit Award


St. David’s Church, Wayne – Builder’s Award

St. Margaret’s Church, Annapolis, MD- Chesapeake Champion Award

St. Martin’s Church, Radnor – Sustainer Award

St. Paul’s Church, Exton – Benefactor Award


St. Peter’s Church, Glenside – Shining Star Award


St. Peter’s Church in the Great Valley – Good Shepherd Award


Trinity Church, Gulph Mills – Helping Hands Award


Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge – Making History Award




Bad Boys of Jesus of St. Peter’s Church, Great Valley – Bad Boys Award


Lindsay Barrett-Adler – Team Player Award


Robert W. Brano – Patron of the Arts Award


The Rev. David Canaan – Super Rector Award

Susan Damiano – Super Tutor Award

Marjorie Devlin – St. Jerome Award

Dan Heischman, National Association of Episcopal Schools – Torchbearer Award

Roy Irvin – Guardian Angel Award

Jay-JoyceJay Joyce – Perfect Attendance Award

Ann-MellowAnn Mellow, National Association of Episcopal Schools – Torchbearer Award

Erik Meyer – St. Bridget Award in Music Excellence

Kathryn-MianiKathryn Miani – Above and Beyond Award

Arch-Street-PresbyterianSandi Richards – Dare to Dream Award

David Spina – Hammer and Nails Award

Rachael-StubeRachael Stube – Bookworm Award

The-Stone-FamilyThe Stone Family – Rays of Hope Award


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