Our People

Meet the Clergy, Musicians, and Vestry who offer their many gifts to guide the Chapel forward. On most any Sunday morning you will also meet folks from across the country—thirty-five states are represented in our active membership. Some people have long-standing ties to the Cape; others have found us on their first summer stay and have “stayed” with us since. While most are Episcopalians, we welcome worshippers from many faith traditions.



The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, Priest-in-Charge

Tracey is an Episcopal priest, community activist, and retired Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland Ohio’s oldest church. Previously, she served as Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Paterson, NJ and Associate Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Ridgewood, NJ.

A graduate of the Union Theological Seminary in NYC, Tracey has spent over thirty-five years in ordained ministry working for interfaith relations, social and environmental justice, sustainable urban development, arts and culture, and progressive theology. Most recently, her ministry extended to include the spiritual insights and lessons she has gained from a life complicated by early-onset dementia.

Tracey is a renowned preacher who has spoken in a variety of national pulpits, including the Chautauqua Institution. In 2014, she presented a widely viewed TEDx Talk entitled “How I Met God in a McDonald’s,” and in 2018, she and her spouse Emily Ingalls were featured in a 60 Minutes episode on FTD. Tracey is an exhibiting photographer, an enthusiastic folk musician, an avid gardener, a struggling golfer, and an adventuresome swimmer, hiker, cyclist, sailor and traveler. Tracey and Emily live in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. In the summer, they reside in Wellfleet, and in the winter, they escape for a couple of months to Luquillo, Puerto Rico.

To learn more about Tracey, read a selection of her writings, view some of her photographs, and see her speaking schedule, please visit www.traceylind.com. She can be reached by email at [email protected] . To make a date for conversation, invite her to golf, coffee, sail, or walk on the beach.

“We are not defined by our memory. We are defined simply by being a child of God, whether we know it or not. We are created in the image of God, whether we remember that fact or not. And we value relationships, even if we can’t express it or can’t participate in the ways that we used to.”

~ The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, Priest-in-Charge,
sermon at the Chapel on August 29, 2021
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James Arthur Smith, Violin and Viola
Gay Goslin Smith, Piano

The Smith family offers beautiful musical accompaniment to the services at the Chapel. For nearly 40 summers, arriving from Hot Springs, Arkansas, James and Gay enlist their family of string players, including sons and grandchildren, to round out a quartet and an occasional three-generation ensemble fondly called the Smithereens. They play a wide selection of classical composers, including the well-known (Purcell, Corelli, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Schubert, Dvorak), and the neglected, recently including Pauline Viardot (1821-1910), Amy Beach (1867-1944), Scott Joplin (1868-1917), and William Grant Still (1895-1978). Through the years they have been joined by additional family members, Shelly and Nick Robinson.  Our hymns are selected by Chapel member Stewart Wood who also provides piano accompaniment and directs an occasional pick-up choir.


Left to right: Thomas Arthur Smith, Amanda Ducasse (family friend), James Donald Owens Smith, James Arthur Smith, Robert Dickins Smith, and Gay Goslin Smith


Vestry and Chapel Leadership

Senior Warden: Martha Wilson
Junior Warden: Phil Penza
Treasurer: Cabot Brown
Clerk: Holiday Houck
Members: Mary Blocher, Linda Irving, Jennifer Leiter, Milton Porteus, Barbara Reed, Madison Riley, Warren Thaler and Stewart Wood
Altar Guild: Harriet Blanchard
Outreach: Madison Riley, Martha Wilson
Newsletter Editor: Emily Ingalls

The Chapel of St. James the Fisherman
2317 US-6, Wellfleet, MA 02667
The Chapel is located on the west side of Route 6 on the hill just south of the Post Office and WHAT Theatre Company.

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