St. James’ Clergy

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The Right Reverend Brian R. Seage

The Diocese of Mississippi

10th Bishop Diocesan of the Diocese of Mississippi and Interim Rector


[Interim Rector]

Reverend Marian Fortner

Marian is a lifelong Mississippi Episcopalian who has found the church to be sustaining and life-giving in every stage of her life. Growing up in the Delta among a family of lawyers, Marian first practiced law for twelve years before yielding to the call of ordained ministry. She received her degrees from the University of Mississippi Law School and General Theological Seminary in New York. She was ordained to the transitional diaconate at St. James’ Jackson on the Feast Day of St. Alban in 1996, and to the priesthood at St. James’ Greenville on the Feast Day of Thomas Bray in 1997. She has served in various parish settings since, as well as serving as chaplain of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Day School from 1999 to 2005. Prior to coming to St. James’, Marian served as rector of Trinity Hattiesburg for ten years. She currently serves the Diocese as a member of the Racial Reconciliation Committee and as a member of the Board of Directors of Gray Center Camp and Conference Center. She is also serving the wider church as a member of the Board of Directors for the College for Bishops. In addition to the above references, the way of St. James’ holds special meaning for Marian. In 2016 she and her husband, Tom, walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain for a month, and she will talk to anyone anywhere about her experience. Gardening is another one of her delights, but if you want to see her face really light up, join us on Sunday mornings when her one-year old grandson catches her eye during the service.

You may contact Marian at



The Reverend Abram Jones

Abram recently graduated from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, where he focused on special needs ministry and canonical theology and history. Prior to starting seminary, Abram worked for the Duncan M Gray Camp and Conference Center, where he served in a variety of roles such as Camp Coordinator, Summer EMT, and Nature Permanent Staff. Abram holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Sewanee: The University of the South, where he also spent a year as the Design and Production Intern for the Theatre Department. In addition to his responsibilities with the youth of St James, Abram serves the Diocese of Mississippi as a session director for Camp Bratton-Green, as well as on various Diocesan committees. Abram was ordained a deacon on June 9 by the Rt. Rev. Brian Seage, 10th Bishop of Mississippi. Abram and his wife Lucy Kay enjoy reading, board games, kayaking and camping, and hosting group events in their home. Abram and Lucy have a two year old named Maggie.

You may contact Abram at: 769-223-2267 or


The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry