The history of the incumbents of St. James' Church begins in 1851 when Rev. Blenkinsop was made Curate in Charge after St. James' Church had been consecrated by the Bishop of Chester on 19th August. 

The complete list of incumbents is as follows (photographs are available by clicking on the name):

Year Incumbent Position
1851 - 1856 Rev. E.C.L. Blenkinsop  Curate in Charge
1856 -1860 Rev. J.A. Kershaw  Curate in Charge
1860 - 1891 Rev. J.A. Kershaw   Vicar
1892 - 1902 Rev. E.E. Wood   Vicar
1902 - 1906  Rev. A.H.Higson  Vicar
1906 - 1936  Rev. E.D. Jordan  Vicar
1936 - 1953  Rev. J.C.G. Mercer  Vicar
1953 - 1958  Rev. D.B. Griffiths  Vicar
1958 - 1964   Rev. J. Backhouse  Vicar
1964 - 1968  Rev. G.R. Allen  Vicar
1968 - 1974  Rev. D.C.W. Post  Vicar
1975 - 1982  Rev. S.R. Smith  Vicar
1983 - 1990  Rev. J.C. Rimmer  Vicar
1990 - 1997  Rev. N.T.B. Deane  Vicar
1998 - 2007  Rev. D.G.T. Towler  Vicar
2007 - 2016 Rev. G.A. Milford  Vicar