Pastor and Staff

Reverend Barbara K. Peronteau

Intentional Interim Pastor

Pastor Barbara has served congregations in Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California. While working as a chaplain at the Reading Hospital in Reading, PA, she was instrumental in linking the Center for Public Health with the Women’s Health Center Transgender Clinic so all people could have access to a chaplain. She was the first chaplain to work with the Center for Public Health which serves the HIV/AIDS population of Reading. In August of 2017 Barbara decided to follow her heart and move to Berkeley where she now calls home living with her partner Susan. Barbara enjoys baseball, reading, watching movies, cooking, walking along the bay, detailing her car, and cruzing the Pacific Coast Highway in her Mustang.                                                       

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Dr. Jerry Kuderna


jerryJerry plays beautiful music at St. James as our accompanist on piano and organ. His training is in classical piano, but Jerry can play any kind of music, and does, with feeling and verve! Jerry finds tremendous meaning in shaping and reflecting the themes for worship and the experience of the worshipping congregation, through music. Jerry is a concert pianist, teaches at Diablo Valley College, and gives private lessons.

Contact Jerry by leaving a message with the church office.






Donna Nunes

Office Manager

A native of the Bay Area, Donna is our office manager and volunteer coordinator, and she’s also a member of St. James. In fact, her grandparents were members! The job of managing a church office has many moving parts, and Donna enjoys all the various aspects of her job. But her favorite thing about working at St. James? The wonderful people!

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Nancy Mini

School Administrator

nancyFor general inquiries about our pre-school or our before & after school care program please contact Nancy.

Office Hours

Tuesday – Friday
9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Church and school offices are located on the second floor of Luther House Preschool Building. Park in the parking lot off of Joachin Ave., behind the church, and enter throughthe courtyard.