Stained Glass Tour
beautiful stained glass windows in the main sanctuary of St. James
represent the events in the life of Christ, beginning with the Nativity
and ending with the Ascension.
first two windows, "The Resurrection" and "Jesus Blessing the Children"
were installed in 1984 for the John Dickert and David Sims families who
together worked with Truett George of Advent Glass to develop a plan for all ten windows.
much research to determine the style of windows most appropriate for
St. James, Roy Coomber of Bristol, England was chosen as the main
designer. The inspiration for the designs came mainly from Trinity
Episcopal Church in St. Augistine, Florida. In 1984, Coomber provided
water color renderings for all eight windows depicting the life of
Christ plus the St. Francis window.
1986 the "Healing" window was installed. These first three windows
were painted at the Advent Glass Studio by New York artist Dick Millard
using Roy Coomber's designs.
the early 90's, the late Jim Arnold coordinated an effort to find
donors for the remaining windows, and by 1992, all of the windows
representing the life of Jesus Christ and the St. Francis of Assisi
window in the bell tower had been installed. These last windows were
painted at Advent Glass by artist Steve Purdy of Fort Wayne, Indiana
according to the original Coomber designs.