Saint James Mission

To make, nurture and mature loving followers of Jesus Christ.

Saint James Vision

To Connect, Care & Commit
   Connect -- To be a family of believers who connect to God and each other.
   Care      --  To shine the Light of Christ and welcome all we encounter encouraging worship, life groups, and spiritual growth.
   Commit  -- To grow in faith through service to others both locally and globally.

Saint James Core Values

Loving Relationships
  Spiritual Growth
    Compassionate Service

Our Staff

Rev. Shirley Groom
Senior Pastor

Pastor Shirley came to Saint James in 2013. She is passionate about living a life in Christ fully and works to help others discover the joy and strength that comes from this life choice. It is all about Kingdom living.  Shirley holds a BA with a Music Performance major and religious studies minor from Eckerd College and a Masters in Divinity from Asbury Seminary in Orlando, Florida.  She has served the United Methodist Church  for over 25 years as Music Director, Youth Director, and the past 16 years as a pastor.  Shirley is married to Rod Groom and they have 7 children and 8 grandchildren.

Fred Fowler 
Administrative Assistant


Fred joined our team in September 2017 after 35 years at the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. She worked in several areas over the years, including the Budget Office and Fiscal Services and ending with serving as the Administrative Assistant in the Special Investigations Section. Fred has been a member of Saint James for almost 36 years.

Kate Knobloch
Worship Ministry Director

Kate is thrilled to join the staff at Saint James as Worship Director after being a part of our praise team for the latter part of 2018. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Florida State University, and has spent the past twelve years as a music educator and performing arts director. Kate resides in Bradenton with her loving husband, Matthew, and their son, Jack. 

Bill Schroff
Church Accountant

Bill joined our team in 2017 after successful careers in investment banking, real estate, consulting and higher education.  He brings an array of talent in finance and accounting as well as interpersonal relationships.  He’s well settled in his position and is enjoying many new friendships at Saint James.



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