VETERANS DAY SERVICE & RECEPTION
Sunday, November 12
5:30 p.m. | Worship Service in the Church
6:30 p.m. | Reception in the Garden Cloister
We will be hosting our annual Veterans Day Celebration. This event is open to the entire community, so bring your friends and neighbors and join us in saying "Thank you!" to our Veterans for their incredible service. We will have reserved seating at the front of the Church for participating veterans. The organists will play the military medley and the branch flags will process up the aisle toward the end of the service. All veterans are invited to fall in line behind their branch’s flag and join us at the altar for our annual group photo! The evening concludes with festive food and beverages in the Garden Cloister featuring the Heritage Brass Band.
Veterans Day Service Preacher
The Right Reverend James B. Magness, D. Min., D.D.
VI Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries (Resigned)
Bishop Pro-Tempore of the Diocese of Southern Virginia (Resigned)
The Episcopal Church (USA)
About Bishop Magness
In March 2010 the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church elected James B. “Jay” Magness to be the VI Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Services and Federal Ministries. In June 2010 at Washington National Cathedral, he was consecrated as a bishop of the church. Bishop Magness’ span of responsibility was for 115 Episcopal chaplains and their congregations in the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
In March 2017, he resigned as Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries and became the Bishop Assisting in the Diocese of Southern Virginia. He was elected in November 2018 to commence episcopal service as the Bishop Diocesan Pro-Tempore of the Diocese of Southern Virginia. With the election of a new bishop, he resigned from that position in February 2020. Prior to his election as Bishop for the Armed Forces he had served as the Canon for Mission in the Diocese of Southern Virginia, Rector Interim of Galilee Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach, and Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Kentucky.
A lifelong Episcopalian, he grew up in Hendersonville, NC at St. James Episcopal Church. In 1966 he commenced his initial naval service as an enlisted Sailor serving aboard three Navy ships on both east and west coasts and spent one year serving in a forward logistics and riverine forces command in the northern-most port of South Vietnam.
Afterward in 1970 he returned to his hometown of Hendersonville, N.C., where he met and married his wife, Carolyn. In 1974 he graduated from Western Carolina University and later that year he commenced his initial theological studies at The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 1977. In 1980 after 3 years of parish ministry at St. Paul’s, Edneyville and St. John-in-the-Wilderness, Flat Rock, N.C., he returned to active duty in the Navy as a Chaplain Corp officer. Bishop Magness retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 at the rank of Captain, serving as command chaplain of U.S. Joint Forces Command and Fleet Chaplain for the U.S. Navy Fleet Forces Command. It is or note that on 9/11/2001 he was attending a meeting in the Pentagon and was two wings from the point of impact of a terrorist-controlled aircraft. Prior to those assignments, from 1997 to 2000 he was on the Navy Chief of Chaplains’ staff in the Bureau of Navy Personnel working as personnel manager of the Navy Chaplain Corps. Some years prior to that he was the Command Chaplain of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65), served for 8 years as a chaplain with the Fleet Marine Force and for 2 years served in the Navy Personnel Exchange Program as a Chaplain with the (British) Royal Navy.
Bishop Magness and his wife Carolyn have been married for over 50 years and have two adult daughters.