Pastor Bob’s Corner

Reverend Robert Milsom joined St. James UM Church on July 1, 2017.  We are so happy to welcome him to Kingston, and look forward to many blessed years with him!  He can be reached by calling the church office at 845-331-3030 during office hours, or by email, .



Associate Pastor Jordan:
jordanscruggs_1452711535_93Jordan Scruggs is the Associate Pastor and Director of Outreach and Local Mission at Saint James United Methodist Church. Originally from the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Jordan graduated with a degree in English Literature from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC before studying for her Masters at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT.

In addition to coordinating outreach-related activities for members of Saint James, Jordan serves as chief facilitator for Midtown Rising, a cooperative ministry of Saint James and Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church that addresses housing insecurity in the City of Kingston. Jordan also serves as a founding board member of Kingston’s first social enterprise incubator and as a member of the board of Transart, the Hudson Valley’s African American Cultural Services provider. In her free time, Jordan enjoys reading, spending time outside, and teaching classes with Rising Hope at Woodbourne Correctional Facility. She resides in Kingston, NY with her husband, Kevin, who serves as a Dean at Bard College. Jordan is currently pursuing ordination in the United Methodist Church.
Please visit Pastor Jordan’s Outreach blog at


Deacon David Clegg:

David CI will be teaching a bible study this fall on the Gospel of John, the Beloved Disciple.  John has been regarded as the “spiritual gospel” in comparison with the other Gospels.  We will be exploring not only the high Christology of John, but also the social and historical milieu that existed at the time the Gospel was written.  What were the political realities facing Jews and Jewish Christians at the time the Gospel was written?  What does the Gospel say about the ultimate separation between the Church and synagogue?  The class will cover areas as biblical interpretation and the meaning of discipleship as reflected in the Gospel.  I am looking for a few brave Christians who want to delve deeper into the Gospel of John.  Participants will be expected to have read the Gospel of John.  The coursework will include selective readings.  There will be six one-hour a week classes starting at the end of September.  The dates and time of the class will be selected by those who wish to participate.  If you are interested in participating in this bible study, please e-mail me at