Hope Episcopal, 1613 W. 43rd St., announces the arrival of its new pastor, the Rev. Canon James C. McGill, who began Jan. 1. The assignment to the church is a homecoming for McGill because as a youth, he and his family were members and residents of Oak Forest.
McGill served the Episcopal Diocese of Texas for all of his nearly 30 years of ordained ministry. He was ordained in 1991 directly out of seminary at The School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. McGill served churches in Pasadena, the Park Place area near Hobby Airport and most recently as Canon Missioner of Christ Church Cathedral.
McGill was appointed a Cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in his last semester at Highland Park High School in Dallas. Graduating from West Point in 1973, he was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, as well as the Federal Republic of Germany, where he commanded a battery of artillery. He resigned his commission in 1985 and in 1988 entered seminary.
While serving as the Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Park Place, in 1991, McGill founded Crossroads at Park Place, a ministry that works to meet the needs of restoring the health, wellbeing and dignity of homeless people in Southeast Houston. He was also instrumental in opening The Beacon, the ministry of Christ Church Cathedral to the homeless in downtown Houston in 2007. He served as Chaplain to The Beacon the last year before he retired from active ministry in 2016. Fluent in Spanish, McGill has served both Hispanic and English-speaking congregations.
McGill has been married to Beth, whom he met at a dance at West Point, for more than 46 years. They have two grown children and six grandchildren.