In December 2000, St. James welcomed The Rev. M. Carl Lunden as its twenty-second Rector. Father Lunden was sponsored for ordination to the priesthood by Grace Episcopal Church in Middletown, NY.
He studied at The General Theological Seminary in New York City, from which he graduated cum laude in 1997. He spent three years as Priest-in-Charge of Ascension and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Park/Highland, New York before being called to St. James.
Father Lunden is married to Sharon Lunden and has two children, Bethany and John from a prior marriage. Before joining the Episcopal Church, Father Lunden was a Roman Catholic seminarian and a member of the Conventual Franciscan Friars.