Saint James Presbyterian Church

Saint James Presbyterian Church

Who We Are

faithful, community, open, affirming, social justice, Christian church,

St. James is an inclusive, theologically progressive, and ecumenically active congregation that celebrates with a traditional, liturgically–based worship service in a church that overlooks Bellingham Bay. We are fortunate to be surrounded by the bay, mountains, and located near Western Washington University. In 2009, St James celebrated its 120th anniversary and we look forward to many more years of active involvement in our community.

Our Services

Service Times

  • 10:30am - Saint James Presbyterian Church is a beacon on the hill where the people respond to the opportunities that God sets before us. We celebrate our rich past as we continue our journey into the future together. We worship the triune God in our beautiful, traditional sanctuary with music, prayer and learning from the word of God. We joyfully welcome youth and young families into our intergenerational and loving community of faith, nurturing relationships that bridge our differences. We are witnesses to God's presence and the grace of Jesus Christ as we address social justice issues locally and internationally through education and action. We are open and affirming, welcoming all to join us in discipleship.

What to Expect

What is the community like?
Our congregation supports a wide range of ages from birth to 101 years young that are volunteer– minded. Our youth group is dynamic, and enjoying growth. The children lead worship, take mission trips, and are a vibrant, active part of our congregation.

What if I'm not a Christian?
You are welcome. Come experience this place and these people. Come ask your questions and find out what it means to be a follower of Christ.


Jon Hauerwas

Jon Hauerwas

The Rev. Jon Hauerwas Jonathan Hauerwas began serving as our pastor in 2011. Previously, he served as associate pastor at Worthington Presbyterian Church in Ohio. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of South Carolina. After earning a B.A. degree in History, Jon spent one year in Edinburgh, Scotland serving a homeless hostel as a Young Adult Volunteer commissioned by the Presbyterian Church (USA). Following that experience, he attended Princeton Theological Seminary where he received a Master's of Divinity degree. Jon is currently enrolled as a doctoral student in the Church and Ministry program at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He and his wife, Kara, have a son named William "Liam" who was born in 2010. Jon enjoys golf, reading, traveling, and spending time with his family. Kara Hauerwas grew up in Oak Harbor, Washington. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a degree in International Business and holds a degree in Accounting from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. Kara currently works for Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County as Bookkeeper and Development Coordinator.

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