James Estes, MSLS, PhD, is a librarian, a medievalist, and a game designer in Washington, DC.

     He is a supervisory librarian in Discovery and Preservation Services at the Library of Congress, where he works with serials cataloging and receipt of serial publications in arts, humanities, and sciences that are acquired through copyright deposit. Previously he served as theology librarian and director of the library at Wesley Theological Seminary. He continues to engage with scholarship and library leadership and administration in theology and religious studies librarianship. 

     Beyond his work as a librarian, he is a medievalist and church historian, with research and teaching experience in the history of Christian spirituality, early medieval English literature and religious history, and Old English vernacular theology, and emerging interests in the study of Western esotericism.

     He is a professional roleplaying game (RPG) designer specializing in religion and mythology in world-building and storytelling.

     Although not actively engaged in ministry, he is ordained clergy in the United Church of Christ (UCC), where he served primarily in theological education. Prior to his scholarship and theological studies, he worked in clinical counseling, focusing on grief and trauma therapy.