Church of St. Paul & St. James

Jazz and Justice centered in Jesus New Haven, CT
Church of St. Paul & St. James
Church of St. Paul & St. James
Church of St. Paul & St. James
Church of St. Paul & St. James
Church of St. Paul & St. James
Church of St. Paul & St. James
Church of St. Paul & St. James
Church of St. Paul & St. James

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57 Olive Street
New Haven, CT 06511



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Who We Are

If you come into St. Paul & St. James on a Sunday morning you will enter a worship service full of life and energy. Our 10:30 worship service has traditional, contemporary and emerging styles of music with a jazz influence. We worship using a variety of musical styles (Jazz, world music, traditional hymns) and we also use language that includes the many names of God. Our service also includes other languages than English, most often Spanish.

Not only do we have lively jazz music every Sunday, but we also are one of the most active churches when it comes to outreach to New Haven.

About Us

Casual, Creative, Down to Earth, Downtown, Spirit-filled, Progressive, Gay affirming, Inclusive, Historic, Neighborhood-focused, Multigenerational, Young, Young families

Community Service, Social Justice, Faith and Work, Addiction/Recovery, Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Missions, Nursery, Food Pantry

Jazz, Traditional Hymns, Passionate Reverent, Organ




English, Spanish


Our Services

What are services like?
Our services are lively and centered in the Eucharist. We draw from tradition and use modern expressions like jazz along with other forms of music.

What is the community like?
At St. Paul & St. James we include people of diverse races, social classes, incomes, ages, and sexual orientation. We are seekers, skeptics, and the spiritually hungry of all kinds. We are all drawn together in the love of Christ. No matter where you are on your faith journey, you are welcome here.

What if I'm not a Christian?
You may come to this church with tons of questions. We do not claim to have all the answers, especially about God. What we do offer is a place to explore your relationship with God in a welcoming and loving community of fellow people searching for answers. St. Paul & St. James is an Episcopal Church rooted in tradition that seeks to express the diversity of the world which we live in today. The process of finding a church can be very confusing, especially if you are new to our denomination (most of our members are new Episcopalians). We are here to help. Always feel free to ask a staff member or member of the parish your question. Below are some common questions.

Leadership View all

Alex  Dyer

Alex Dyer

Before coming to New Haven, Alex grew up in the southeast part of the United States. Born in Tennessee, he has lived in Maryland and Virginia before attending Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. After college, Alex served as a missionary overseeing an income generation project for Sudanese refugees based out of the Anglican Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt. He returned from Cairo and began his seminary studies at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, but later transferred to The General Theological Seminary in New York, NY. After graduating seminary, Alex worked at the Episcopal Church Center in the Office of Communication, where he helped redesign the denominational website and worked for the Episcopal News Service. While in New York, he was ordained and began part-time work at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields. At St. Luke’s, Alex oversaw their outreach ministries which included working with a feeding program for people with AIDS as well as an outreach program to LGBT youth who lived on the streets. Alex has a deep passion and commitment to social justice and outreach, which followed him to New Haven. His first position in New Haven was as an Associate Rector at Trinity on the Green and began in 2007. While at Trinity, Alex founded the Chapel on the Green ministry along with Kyle Pederson. This is an outdoor service for those who do not feel comfortable in a church, many of whom are homeless. In August 2010, Alex began as the part-time Priest in Charge at St. Paul & St. James. Since his arrival there has been a significant amount of growth and new energy.

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