Shepherdstown Lutheran Parish is the home of  St. James’ Lutheran Church and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Pastor Karen Erskine-Valentine leads worship services at both churches.

  • Sunday Mornings at 9:00AM- St. James in Uvilla. 
  • Sunday Mornings at 11:00AM- St. Peter’s located in the heart of Shepherdstown.


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Holy Communion is a part of our worship service every Sunday

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We are very excited and getting ready to welcome our new intern/vicor. Please take a few minutes to read about James.

Vicor James

Greetings, Shepherdstown Lutheran Parish!

My name is James Demmel and I have the pleasure of spending the upcoming year as a ministerial intern or “Vicar” in your company. I hope to briefly introduce myself here and to meet you in person soon. I am a native of Raleigh, NC and have lived in the “Triangle” area nearly my entire life. I went to undergrad at Campbell University and then to seminary at Duke University. This past year, I lived and studied at United Lutheran Seminary’s Philadelphia Campus. Most recently, I am completing a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (a student internship in Hospital Chaplaincy) at the University of North Carolina’s Medical Center. I am an endorsed candidate in the ELCA for Word and Sacrament ministry, and my home congregation is Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, in Chapel Hill, NC. A little bit more about me: One of my favorite people is my little brother, John, who is 15, I enjoy staying active and outdoors, but also, I love finding a cozy place to spend some time with a good book. My partner, Nicole, just completed a year in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Washington DC and is remaining there this year to begin a graduate program at George Washington University. It is my hope that our partnership in ministry will be fruitful this upcoming year and that we can grow in God’s grace and love together. I look forward to getting to meeting you all and getting to make Shepherdstown home in the next year!



Vicar James