Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. James Wallace Curtis

The Rev. James W. Curtis was born in St. Louis on 5 November 1920, the son of Edward Glion and Isabel (Wallace) Curtis. He graduated from Dartmouth College and did missionary work with with the South American Missionary Society. He married Mary Ann Johnson on 25 November 1943. During World War II he served as a submarine officer and later in the chaplain cirps. He was ordained a deacon in 1952 and a priest in 1953 by Bishop Whittemore of Western Michigan. He began is career at All Saints Church in Saugatuck, Michigan, from 1951 to 1952, and then did non-parochial work in the Diocese of Western Michigan for several years. In 1955 he came to Christ Church Gary as curate and succeeded as rector in 1957 with the retirement of the Rev. James Foster. He remained in Gary until the closing of the church in 1983. He was actively involved in the establishment of St. Barnabas in Gary and served there from 1959 to 1960. He held many offices in the Diocese of Northern Indiana and was also a leader in ecumenical efforts with other churches in Gary. Upon his retirement he returned to Michigan, where he served many churches in an interim capacity. He served at the Church of the Epiphany in South Haven, Michbigan, from 1984 to 1985, 1992 to 1993, and 1995 to 1996.. He was interim rector of St. Michael's Church in Cascade, and he returned to All Saints, Saugatuck, serving from 1983 to 1984 and from 1988 to 1990. He was at Grace Church in Grand Rapids from 1990 to 1991, and then interim rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Allegan from 1991 to 1992. An amateur athlete, he participated in many triathelon and ironman events. He died in Michigan on 5 September 2006 and was buried from All Saints, Saugatuck.


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