St James the Less

at Rector
Location Northfield
Date Posted September 12, 2022
Category Chicago (Sierra Reyes & Andrea Mysen)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Suburban
Compensation 80k cash + 1/2 SECA (est 9,700) + church provided housing (42k FMV) = $129,900
Diocesan Compensation Info
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Supplied Housing
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Live-in Rectory Preferred
If there IS a rectory, is the compensation figure above inclusive of fair market value of rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms? 4 br 2.5 bath
Equity Allowance No
Communicants in Good Standing 191
Average Sunday Attendance 52
Child Population in Church School 15
Adult Population in Church School 6
Teacher Population in Church School 7
Budget 447k


Liturgical style and practice

Currently have 10am Rite II Sunday svc w/ traditional and contemporary music. Use EOW along with BCP. Pre-covid, has Rite I 8am svc with hymns - many would like to see this reinstated All services are live-streamed.

Have annual Beatles Mass which draws widely from community.


  • Flexible, adaptable congregation
  • Financially secure
  • Stable membership through covid
  • Nimble adaptation with technology
  • Well-designed and diverse music program


  • Aging congregation
  • Family commitments make church participation inconsistent
  • geographical limitation, little opportunity for Northfield's development and growth
  • Lack of racial and economic diversity in Northfield


St. James the Less is a stable, financially secure congregation that seeks the following in their next rector:

  • Inspiring preaching
  • Ability to navigate a 'purple' congregation and avoid a particular political slant - want to focus on spiritual similarities, not political differences
  • Strong leadership skills - ability to work in tandem with parishioners and staff to identify and pursue visions and dreams
  • Empathetic pastoral care

Contact Information

For more information about this position, please contact the Rev. Andrea Mysen, Director of Ministries, at or 312-751-4203

This position will post on the diocesan website by 9/19/22.  OTM, resume, and cover letter may be submitted as of 9/19/22 here: