Rev. Sallye came to Warwick as an intentional interim in January 2015 and has stayed the course with us as we continue to become a church that reflects our hearts' passions in these days.
Sallye graduated from Duke Divinity School, being the first woman student pastor at Duke. Her move from United Methodism into the United Church of Christ was in response to discerning where she might be most authentic and believing that was in a progressive denomination that was structurally and theologically committed to the radical inclusivity of God's love.
Sallye served at Lynchburg Training School and Hospital during deinstitutionalization; directed a family violence shelter; created the first licensed child care center in Nags Head, served as a pediatric hospice chaplain for five years and has served the UCC primarily as an intentional interim. She was ordained in 1994, serving churches in Nags Head, Suffolk and now with us.
Her deep passions are applying the teachings of Christ into everyday life; young children and their families and their spiritual formation; and the intimate relationship between all of God's creation. Her obsession is her two grandboys who bring her amazing amounts of joy!
Sallye serves Warwick as co-pastor with Rev. James, a wonderful exploration of how 'shared leadership' might work in the life of the church.
Rev. James Semmelroth Darnell began serving as co-pastor of Warwick UCC in January 2018. He was previously the pastor of St. John United Church of Christ in rural St. Clair, Missouri. He was a seminary intern at Bethesda United Church of Christ in Bethesda, MD, and also served internships with Plymouth UCC, Des Moines, IA; New Church UCC, Peoria, IL; and the Washington Office of the UCC.
James serves on the board of directors of the Evangelical & Reformed Historical Society and the UCC Historic Council. He was ordained at The United Church + Die Vereinigte Kirche in Washington, DC in 2011. He has a BA in theatre history from Illlinois State University and master of divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. He also did a year of theological studies at Pacific School of Religion. A bivocational minister, he also works in fundraising at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and previously worked with the Human Rights Campaign, Interfaith Alliance, Washington International School, and The George Washington University.
James is delighted to be serving among the wonderful people of Warwick UCC, and is excited to explore the amazing things God has in store for this open and affirming, multiracial and multicultural community of faith.