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Pastor Thurman Norville received his undergraduate degree from Augusta College, his graduate degree from Georgia Southern University, and his Course of Study Degree from Emory University, Chandler School of Theology.
Prior to his 2015 appointment to St. James, Thurman served at Blythe Methodist, where he continues to serve on a part-time basis.
Thurman’s faith journey started in the 1970’s as Youth Director at St. John United Methodist Church. Thurman was also employed by St. John Towers during his years at St. John UMC. Thurman left the ministry in the 70’s and spent 10 years working in the mental health and developmental disabilities arena. He also spent 23 years in the pharmaceutical business.
Thurman is married to Nora Smith Norville. Thurman and Nora have 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren.
Marilyn Grau came to St. James in 2015. With a B.S. in Business from Indiana University and 30 years’ experience directing federal volunteer programs, she serves as secretary, newsletter editor, bookkeeper, rental agent, and 'Jack of All Trades' related to the church office. In a related position, she also serves as Vice President of Georgia PAUMCS (professional association for Methodist administrators).
Marilyn chairs the Outreach Committee at her own church, St. Paul’s (Episcopal), where she also sings in the choir. She enjoys making music with the Garden City Strummers Dulcimer Club and singing with the Harmony River Chorus of Sweet Adelines International. An avid tent camper, Marilyn served as a volunteer programmer and newsletter editor in four state parks for 15 years.
Anita Barnes came to St. James in 2023, having served as the pianist for Harlem United Methodist Church from 1996-2018, and at The Hill Baptist Church for approximately one and a half years.
Anita received her Bachelor’s degree in education (with an emphasis in music and math) from Shorter College before moving to Augusta, where she earned a Master’s degree in special education. After a 30-year teaching career, Anita retired from the Richmond County School System in 2020.
Raymond Hookfin wears multiple hats at St. James, with jobs including (but not limited to) building manager, custodian, grounds keeper, and ministry leader.
On any given day, you may find Raymond setting up the altar for communion, distributing clothing and food to persons who are homeless, spreading mulch on the flowerbeds, or giving a church tour to a prospective bride.
Raymond came to Fort Gordon from New Orleans, LA in 1979, and stayed after his discharge from the U.S. Army. He joined the staff of St. James in 1986.