Our Staff

Saint James' Church is blessed to have an exceptional group of dedicated people who faithfully serve our common life.  


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Fr. David Halt



The Very Reverend David J.A. Halt was called to serve as the XXIII Rector of Saint James Episcopal Church of Texarkana, beginning August 1, 2020. 

Fr. Dave came to us from the parish of St. Matthews, in Bloomington, Illinois, where he had served faithfully as Rector for the preceding ten years. 

Fr. Dave was born in Toledo, Ohio and raised on a hog farm in Michigan. He  attended a small high school where he was involved in theatre, football, wrestling, track, and forensics (debate).  He is a graduate of Spring Arbor University (BA 1995), United Theological Seminary (MATS 2002), and Bexley Hall (MDIV 2003).   Fr. Dave is currently a PhD Candidate with the Antiochian House of Studies.

Fr. Dave was ordained to the Priesthood on 19 June 2004 in Southern Ohio, and has  served several congregations over the past 16 years.  For 12 years he was a member of the Ohio Army National Guard, where he earned his  spurs with the Cavalry.

He is a Rotarian and in their prior homes, has served community organizations in multiple capacities including board work and fundraising.   He has  served in various diocesan offices, most recently as Dean of a rural deanery, member of Council, and the Commission on Ministry in the Diocese of Springfield.   In his spare time, he has coached football and baseball, officiated all levels of youth and high school football, and likes to read, enjoy outdoor activities, and do home improvement projects.

In 2022 he completed a trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.  



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Andrew Clark

Parish Musician


Andrew joined the St. James staff as Parish Musician in October of 2008. Andrew also serves as the executive director of the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since April 2008, and on the adjunct faculty of Texas A&M University—Texarkana. Andrew holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Ouachita Baptist University and the Master of Arts in Music degree from the University of North Texas. Additionally, Mr. Clark has done post-graduate work in choral conducting, under James Jordan, at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey; and in organ and hymnology at Southwestern Seminary, in Ft. Worth, Texas.

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Sandra Kennedy

Parish Administrator

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Sandra Kennedy has served for many years as the Parish Administrator of Saint James' Church, and is an indispensable part of our success.  Part   parish historian, part customer service guru, part personal assistant, and all around amazingly devoted and hard working friend, Sandra keeps the Clergy and people of Saint James' moving in the right direction.  



Saint James' is also blessed to have been home to many talented priests, both as rectors and curates.   A few of these individuals are shown below.
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Fr. Douglas Anderson

The XXII Rector of Saint James

Fr. Doug  faithfully served as the XXII Rector of Saint James' Church from February of 2004 until January 2020, when he was called to be the XVI Rector of Church of the Advent in Boston, MA .  

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Fr. David Thompson

Former Curate (2016-2018)

Fr. David Thompson became Curate of Saint James' Church in July 2016, when he was ordained to the Priesthood, and served until 2018, when he was called to be Assistant Rector and supervising priest of Church of the Incarnation's North Campus, in the DFW Metroplex.  

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Fr. Richard Daly

Parochial Vicar

Fr. Richard Daly served as the parochial vicar of St. James’ Church from February 2019 until July 2022.  Fr. Daly also served as our Interim Parish Priest from January - August 2020 during the parish’s search for a new rector.

He was born in Chicago, but his father’s family has been in Texas since the 1840s. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1991, he served as curate at Trinity Church, Wauwatosa, WI. He was then the rector of St. Peter’s, Sheboygan Falls, WI, before receiving the call as rector of St. Stephen’s Church, Sherman, TX in this diocese. In 1998, he took position with the Chicago police department in hopes of being a police chaplain. At that time, he was told he need to have at least three years “street experience” before he could go to the chaplain unit. Due to departmental politics, he was passed over for the chaplain unit and spent his whole career in patrol with twelve of those years as a Field Training Officer. Upon his retirement from the police department he has happily moved back to Texas to continue more fully his priestly ministry.

During his service with the police department, Fr. Daly acquired training in Crisis Intervention, Peer Support and developing departmental partnerships with the community. His post seminary and graduate studies has been in pastoral psychotherapy, addiction counseling and suicide prevention. Those skills have been used to minister to parishioners and police officers. Currently he serves as one of the chaplains to the Texarkana, Texas police department.

While living in Chicago, he served as the interim rector for two years at St. Raphael the Archangel, Oak Lawn, IL. He was also the priest-in-charge at St. David’s, Aurora, IL. In 2002, he was the parochial vicar of St. Paul’s, Riverside, IL. In 2017 he became the priest-in-charge at St. Paul’s following the rector’s retirement. During 2018 he ministered as an assisting priest at Church of the Ascension, Chicago.

 Fr. Daly is married to Diana. Their children are Nik, Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel. They have one granddaughter, Victoria. Father and Diana enjoy taking cruises. He also is a big railroad fan and enthusiast.