St. Peter's
Anglican Church

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Our Priest

The Very Reverend James Kibe Karanja

Fr. James Kibe Karanja was born and raised in Kenya. He was ordained priest in the Anglican Church in 1971. He served in Kenya until 1973.


In 1973, he left for England to study at St. John’s College, Nottingham with a scholarship from Churches of Evangelical Fellowship in Anglican Communion.


He completed his bachelor of Theology in June 1976.  During his time in England, he served as an overseas priest in several parishes in the Anglican Communion including St. John’s Welling in Kent, St.  Syriac, Lacock in Chippenham, and St. Clement’s Church, Oxford.


Fr. James received a World Council of Churches graduate certificate in Ecumenical studies from the University of Geneva, Switzerland in 1977. He also studied an Interfaith Program of Biblical Tradition and Community Development at the University of Jerusalem, Israel.


Fr. James served as Vicar and Provost of The Memorial Cathedral of St. James and all Martyrs in Muranga, Kenya, from 1978 -1993.  He then served as an Archdeacon and Vicar of Thika Memorial Church from December 1993- August 1996.

In August 1996, Fr. James moved to the United States of America, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Sacred Theology from Boston University in 1998.  During his time in Massachusetts, Fr. James served the Anglican Communion in several capacities, including work with Grace Episcopal Church, Medford and St. James Episcopal Church, Cambridge in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.


Fr. James and his family moved to Tennessee in 2004 and joined St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Memphis in January 2005. He became the Interim Rector in 2006 and was named Rector in 2008.


Fr. James and his wife Mary Kibe have three children: Grace, Mercy, and David.


“But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)

Our Associate Priest

Reverend Nahum M Beard MD

Dr. Beard is a transplant to the Memphis area from Gainesville, Florida where he trained at Saint Andrews Church. He completed his ministry training under the Rt. Rev. Ronald Kuykendall PhD and was ordained to the priesthood In 2007. He had previously undergone medical training at the University of Florida and served as an assistant professor in the College of Medicine and assistant priest at Saint Andrews Gainesville until 2012. With a current specialty in sports medicine Dr. Beard was recruited to the Memphis-Germantown area by the Campbell Clinic. He is passionate about seeing interdenominational Christian collaboration and revival in our city. He is accompanied by his wife Melissa and their four children; Samuel, Daniel Elliot, Sarah Elaine, and Christopher.

Our Vestry

Mr. Hector Johnson, Senior Warden; Director of Music
Dr. Grace Kibe, 
Junior Warden; Director of Outreach Ministries
Mrs. Billie Fielden,
Treasurer; Director of Community Ministries
Mrs. Julie Ouma
Mr. Roy Waterton, 
Maintenance Manager and Construction Contractor
Mrs. Mary Kibe, Director of Children Ministries, Official for Altar Guild
Mr. Kevin Ouma, Lay Eucharist Minister