About Our Clergy

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Rev. Jonathan MacKenzie will be joining St. James starting on November 2nd as our Supply Clergy while our Search Committee continues the interview process with candidates who applied for the permanent Rector position.

Biography – Jonathan MacKenzie

Jonathan MacKenzie was born and raised in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State and attended Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School.  He holds a BA degree in English Literature from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and a Masters in Sacred Theology from General Theological Seminary, New York City.  He served in the US Army in the 60’s, training at the (now) Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California and serving in Germany.  He has served parishes in New York State, Pennsylvania, and, before retiring, in Laconia, New Hampshire.  The parish there was also a St. James.  Since retirement, he has served in Lowell, West Newbury, Groveland, and Westford, as well as doing Sunday supply in various Episcopal and Lutheran parishes.

He has been married for fourteen years to Carol Eastman MacKenzie, and, between them they have five children – two sons and three daughters, and four grandchildren.  They live in Chelmsford, MA, where they care for Carol’s elderly aunt and two horses.  The MacKenzie’s enjoy riding, skiing, and hiking.  Jonathan also holds an Amateur Radio license as K2LEB and enjoys road and crosscountry running,  having participated in Santa’s Toy Trot in Merrimac for several years.