The Clergy at Saint James

Rev. David W. Peck, Rector
David came to Lancaster in 2008 after serving the Archbishop of Canterbury in Lambeth Palace as his Secretary for International Development. His interest in justice and peace issues continue while he develops new horizons in the parish for education and contemplative prayer. He recently completed sabbatical studies on Mercy in Jerusalem and The West Bank and in 2013 completed a 30-day silent Ignatian retreat at the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, PA. He is married to Dr. Cordelia Moyse and they rejoice in their daughter, Theodora. Email Fr. David

Rick BauerRev. Richard C. Bauer, Associate Rector

Rick Bauer is a native of South Florida who comes to us with his wife Katrina and their young sons Ricky and Christian after a long career as a contemporary recording artist and professional touring musician. Over twenty years of graduate study in world religions and spiritual practices, he has taught on the college level, in parishes, and in Episcopal schools while conducting ethnographic research in Europe, East Asia, India, and the Middle East. Rick holds a B.S. in Legal Studies from Nova Southeastern University, an M.A. in Religious Studies from Florida International University, an M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary, and is currently a student in the Doctor of Ministry program at Duke Divinity School. Rick enjoys being a dad, making music, talking theology, and going on travel adventures. Email Rick

Ecumenical Associates

Pastoral Care and spiritual guidance is also offered through a team of ecumenical, lay and ordained ministers.


Rev. Dr. Randolph T. Riggs
The Rev. Dr. Randolph T. Riggs (Randy) is a native of California who has served for 41 years in four different churches as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He came to Lancaster in June of 1996 to be the Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Downtown, Lancaster. He retired in July, 2012 after 16 years at the church. In retirement he has served Lancaster Theological Seminary as Director of Presbyterian Studies and Community Engagement Liaison and at the Samaritan Counseling Center as a Consultant in Preaching and Ministry. He has served as Bridge Pastor of Slateville and Slate Ridge Presbyterian Churches in Delta, Pa, First United Methodist Church and First Reformed UCC in Lancaster City. He is a graduate of University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A. in History), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and San Francisco Theological Seminary (D.Min.) He has been active in the community as well as the Presbytery of Donegal. He served on the Boards of Directors for the Samaritan Counseling Center. He chaired the Capital Campaign for the Food Hub of the Lancaster County Council of Churches as well as the President of the Board of Directors. He was given the Mentzer Award for Excellence in Ecumenical Cooperation in 2012. Randy has two adult children, Holly and Tim, and six granddaughters all of whom are a great source of joy for him.

Rev. Ronald P. Jaynes
Ronald Jaynes was born in Geneva, New York and grew up in Evanston, Illinois where he attended St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. After graduating from high school, he received his MA degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and earned his master of divinity degree at Nashotah House Seminary, in Nashotah, Wisconsin. In 1966, he was ordained a deacon and priest in the Diocese of Chicago.

Rev. Jaynes has served as a parish priest in Sterling, Illinois; Fort Collins and Sterling, Colorado; Little Silver, New Jersey; Wilmington, Delaware; and Tampa, Florida.

He has also held positions as interim rector helping parishioners through what is often a difficult time of loss into a time of anticipation of the future. Parishes include Chestnut Hill, Ardmore and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; La Jolla and Coronado, California; and lastly at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.

In 2016, Ron celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest. He keeps busy at Saint James and around the diocese filling in as priest where needed.

Ron and his wife Colleen have been married for 35 years. They have been blessed with four children and a baker’s dozen grandchildren. He also enjoys gardening, attending Philadelphia Orchestra concerts, traveling and reading.


Rev. Asa David Coulson, Associate for Pastoral Care and Worship

Asa moved to Lancaster in 2012 from Nashville, TN, where he had served as the Regional Director at The United Methodist Publishing House. In 2013 he began to attend the Lancaster Theological Seminary, earning his Master of Divinity Degree in 2016. While in seminary he served as the Pastor for Youth, Children, and English Ministry at the Harrisburg Korean Presbyterian Church. Following seminary, he completed a two-year Clinical Pastoral Education internship and residency program at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. As part of his discernment for Holy Orders, he also completed a post graduate program in Anglican Studies at the Bexley Seabury Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL in 2018.

In the Autumn of 2016, Asa joined the ministry team at Saint James. When he was ordained to the diaconate in January 2019 Bishop Scanlan allowed him to continue his service at Saint James on an interim basis, while discerning where to begin his vocation as a priest. Along with his ministry here, Asa works as a chaplain at the Hospice and Community Care Inpatient Center and as a grief group counselor/facilitator at the Pathways Center for Grief and Loss, both in Mount Joy.

Asa is an Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross based in West Park, NY and is drawn to experience, teach, and help others discover the joy of Benedictine spiritual practices and contemplative spiritual formation. He loves the vibrant Lancaster City life, which he experiences with friends and his canine child – a 5 year old Vizsla named Asher Dominic. You can keep up with Asa here on twitter and instagram.