Meet our Staff

Pastor Paul Andell, Lead Pastor

Pastor Paul Andell, Lead pastor at St. James, was first called to the church as a Gettysburg Seminary graduate in 1972. For the next 39 years, he served this large congregation, first as Assistant Pastor, and then, for 36 years as Pastor. Under his leadership, St. James developed a preschool and many faith-enhancing ministries including Stephen’s Ministry. St. James became a more inclusive community church as well and was the largest Lutheran church in Philadelphia, with 5 weekly services, in 2011. The pastor was always active in civic affairs. Pastor Paul relocated to the Midwest and was an Associate Pastor at Morningside Lutheran in Sioux City, Iowa from 2012 – 2018 where he did pastoral/outreach ministry. In 2018, he became Lead pastor of Hawley Lutheran, Hawley, Minnesota, a position he held until returning to St. James as redevelopment pastor in March of 2020.


A native of Rhode Island, and the son of a Lutheran pastor, Pastor Paul grew up in Miami, Florida. He married the beautiful, Pamela, in 1972, and together they raised 3 sons and a daughter. The Andells have a lake home in northern Minnesota. A people-connecting person, the pastor Loves ministry, Jesus, his family, and his heritage. With Pamela, he has travelled the world.

Reverend Clarence W. Miller, Jr., Supporting Pastor 

Pastor Miller was born and raised in the Frankford area of Philadelphia and received his education in the Philadelphia School system. He was ordained a deacon of 2nd Baptist Church of Frankford in 1993 and has served as the Director Youth Ministries, Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, Adult Bible Study, Christian Growth Instructor, Ministry Leader of the Evangelism Ministry and the Drama Ministry. He received his religious training from Manna Bible Institute graduating in 2000 and is a proud graduate of Palmer Theological Seminary with a diploma in Biblical and Theological Studies. He received his Certificate of Ordination into the Gospel Ministry in July of 2001 at the Second Baptist Church.


Pastor Miller’s community involvement through the years, includes being: President and coach of the Frankford Chargers Athletic Association, Cub Scout Master for pack 366, Block Captain, Baseball coach, and Basketball coach. He retired from the Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia after 30 years of service as the Director of the Northeast Frankford Boys & Girls on January 27, 2017. Since June of 2020 he has serviced as support pastor in preaching and as Adult Bible teacher at St. James Lutheran church.


He has been married for 44 years to the beautiful Ava J. Miller. God has blessed this union with three sons: Aaron, Eric and Clarence the III. They are the proud grandparents of five grandsons: Eric Jr, Cai, Eli, Clarence IV and Xavier.


My name is Eva Parisi. I live in Parkwood with my husband Michael of 17 years and our daughter Ella who is 15. I am a lifelong member of St. James and have accepted the new position as Ministries Coordinator. It is an honor to be given the opportunity to spend my daily work at St. James. This statement says more to me than ‘going to work’. It says I drive to my ‘destination’ for the day which in turn will give more back to me than I could ever give back to it. This position will bring me closer to you, myself and our savior.

Throughout my career in Early Childhood Education I have expanded my wheelhouse of talents and skills. I am drawn to the children of course but I have other strengths that can’t always be explored in the classroom. When I am not at home with family or the church I am in Newtown teaching dance to children 2-12 years old. 

As M.C. of St. James I hope to add these abilities in the community, our building and with all of you. I enjoy doing the work and do not shy from a challenge. A goal of mine is to build organization within the many ministries we have and plan for, here at St. James. My vision is to create bright spaces that are welcoming to new people, not only for worship but for building use as well. 

By making connections, engaging with youth and families and working with our church leaders, goals will be reached. I will also be promoting and teaching in the preschool at the start of our year and as needed. 

My prayer is to show others the reason they have to walk into our doors at Castor and Pratt. Not all reasons are the same and with each other we can find theirs and make it happen. With the congregation, leaders and community support we will continue on a successful path to the great future we can share together at St. James.