The Rev’d Robert C. Hooper III (“Bob,” please) and his wife Priscilla married in 1988 and have three children and an adorable yellow labrador retriever named "Lilly." Bob received a B.S. in business/marketing from New England College in 1987 and a M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1995. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1996 after seven years in the brokerage and banking industry in New York. He served parishes in both Northern Virginia and suburban Boston before coming to St. James’s in 2002 to serve as rector.
The Reverend Charlotte H. LaForest grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and studied at Georgetown before moving to Massachusetts to begin graduate school in social work and pastoral ministry at Boston College. She graduated in 2015 with a Masters in Divinity and Diploma in Anglican Studies from Yale Divinity School and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Before coming to St. James's in 2018, Charlotte served for three years as Assistant Rector for St. John's Episcopal Church in Essex, CT, where she focused on pastoral care, spiritual formation, and intergenerational ministry. She and her husband, Eric, share a home with their three children and eight-year old Spinone Italiano, Whitman.
Mrs. Cheryl Batter arrived at St. James's in September of 2003 after serving as the assistant to the administrator at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford. Originally from Aroostook County in Northern Maine, Cheryl first came to Connecticut to study music at the Hartt School. She lives in Meriden with her husband Jeff, a native of Connecticut, and loves spending time with her step-daughter, Sara, and two grandchildren Autumn and Dahlia. Jeff serves as the organist and director of music and liturgy at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Berlin where Cheryl is a cantor and the director of music and liturgy at Sacred Heart church in East Berlin who also teaches a religion class for eighth graders.
Mr. Leon Fraser moved to West Hartford over one decade ago and is a trained teacher and sports coach by profession and journeyman by choice. He and his wife Marylin raised four children, including their daughter Nia who was a valued member of the St. James's choir for many years. Marylin is an active member of the congregation. He has served as sexton since 2016, and loves a good book, especially espionage thrillers.
Mrs. Priscilla Hooper moved to West Hartford in 2002 when her husband, Bob, was named rector of St. James's. She has worked as the Director of Religious Education (now called Director of Family Ministries) since 2003. Priscilla is the mother of three grown children—Robby, Henry and Maddy and mother of a new four legged child, a yellow lab named, Lilly. In addition to her work at St. James's, she is a library paraprofessional at Aiken School part-time. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and has dedicated her life to children and families.
Mr. Vaughn Mauren was named Organist and Choirmaster at St. James’s in 2014, having previously served as Director of Music for Young at Arts and Associate Organist at Christ Church, Bronxville; Organist of the Episcopal Church at Yale; and Organist and Choirmaster of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. At St. James’s, Vaughn is passionate and deeply committed to the vocal and musical training of youth, and dedicated to finding new ways for our choir and music program to broaden its role in the greater community.