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The Emmanuel Interim Rector

The Interim Rector of Emmanuel is The Reverend Alan C. James. His first Sunday at Emmanuel was the First Sunday of Advent, December 2, 2018. 

A native of San Diego, CA, Fr. Alan graduated from Georgetown University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service. He joined the US Navy and is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After serving in the Navy, he began studies at the Virginia Theological Seminary where he received a Master in Divinity in 1996.


Fr. Alan was Canon to the Ordinary and Chief of Staff for the Diocese of Ohio. He was President of Province V, before being called as Rector to the Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, IL. In Chicago, Alan served as a outreach consultant for St. James Cathedral and as a community organizer for the United Power for Action and Justice. Most recently, Fr. Alan was Priest-in-Charge of Messiah-Bartholomew’s Church on Chicago’s South side.


Fr. Alan’s wife, Lisa, is also a priest. Lisa serves as Sub-Dean of St. James' Cathedral, Chicago. Together Lisa and Alan have six wonderful children and four grandchildren.


Fr. Alan can be reached in the office at 231.347.2350 ext. 111 or via our online email form



Emmanuel's Interim Rector, The Reverend Alan C. James.

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