The Rev’d Robert C. Hooper III (“Bob,” please) and his wife Priscilla married in 1988 and have three children and two Labrador retrievers, "Lilly" and "Theo." 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.
Tim is originally from Greenwich, Connecticut and grew up with a Jewish mother and an Irish-Catholic father. Seeking to learn more about these two traditions after graduating from Princeton, Tim spent two years studying the Hebrew Bible in Stockholm, Sweden and the New Testament at the University of Oxford. After these two years of study, a job in politics and also education, Tim began an MDiv at Yale Divinity School in order to explore a vocation to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. With the generous support of St. Paul's on the Green in Norwalk, Connecticut, he entered the ordination process in the fall of 2017. Tim loves the wisdom of the early Church Mothers and Fathers, and also loves to cook, travel, listen to jazz, and see any kind of theater. His partner Phoenix is currently a student in the Masters in Religion (MAR) program at Yale Divinity School and studies Medieval Liturgy and Drama. Tim is excited to be a member of the St. James's community!
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 religion teacher.
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 two four legged children, a yellow lab named Lilly, and a chocolate lab, Theo. 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.