The Reverend Canon James L. Ward


James L. Ward is a priest and Canon of the Orthodox Anglican Church (OAC).  He serves as Rector of St. Augustine’s Anglican Church in Bryson City, NC.

Canon James has lived the majority of his life in Western North Carolina and currently resides in Bryson City, NC.  He and his wife, Patty, have two daughters and six grandchildren.  His is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering  His studies continued at St. Andrew’s Theological College and Seminary towards priesthood.  He was ordained to the diaconate at St. Augustine’s Anglican church in November, 2007.  He was ordained as a priest on November 17, 2013 and elevated to Canon June 22nd, 2018.

Over the years, Canon James has ministered to God’s people in many capacities.  For years he served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher as well as Parish Senior and Junior Warden.  Canon James believes that all of his life’s experiences have prepared him for service to his church.