Our Pastor James Claggett, has served the Pitcher Hill Church community since October of 2011, when he moved to North Syracuse, NY with his wife Jan and his children Nicholas, Ashley, and Luke. His wife Jan is currently serving as a drug and alcohol counselor with the Syracuse Salvation Army. His oldest son, Nicholas, is in his second year at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Both his daughter, Ashley, and youngest son, Luke, attend Faith Heritage School in Syracuse.
Pastor Claggett previously served as a United States Air Force Protestant Chaplain. He served at Offutt Air Force Base (Omaha, Nebraska), Elmendorf Air Force Base (Anchorage, Alaska), Sather Air Base in (Baghdad, Iraq), Luke Air Force Base, (Phoenix Arizona). He was awarded or Decorated thirteen times during his service.
Prior to his military service, James was a pastor in South Dakota, beginning his ministry in 1987. The churches he served were: The Davis Bethel Reformed Church in Davis South Dakota; The Leola, Fredrick, and Barnard Churches in South Dakota; The Brothersfield United Methodist Church, near Parker South Dakota and The Artesian United Methodist Church in Artesian South Dakota.
Pastor Claggett graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University in 1989 with a BA in religion and philosophy. He graduated from North American Baptist Seminary in 1993 with a Masters of Divinity.