Pastor Okwir was born in Southern Sudan and has lived in Uganda, Kenya, Egypt and Michigan. He studied sociology and cultural anthropology at the University of Khartoum and has done post-graduate work at University of Nairobi. He prepared for the pastoral ministry at Concordia Seminary – Saint Louis, Missouri.
Before attending seminary Pastor Okwir taught sociology at the University of Juba and cultural anthropology at Lansing Community College. His ministry at Saint James began with his ordination and installation in July of 2016.
Mrs. Virginia Freeland, Office Manager
A long time member and officer of the congregation, Mrs. Freeland has served as Office Manager since the spring of 2006.