Worship Times

Sundays in the Church
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist

10:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
with Choir and Church School.

Coffee, tea and refreshments are
served in Centennial Hall (lower level)
after both services.

Staffed Nursery (Chester Street entrance)
opens at 9:15 a.m.

Wednesdays in the Chapel
7:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist 

Contact Information

St. James Episcopal Church
355 West Maple Road
Birmingham, MI 48009

Church Office Hours: M-F; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For pastoral emergencies, contact Fr. Chris at 248.631.4704

Phone: 248-644-0820
Fax: 248-644-4405
churchoffice@stjamesbirmingham.org

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        Our People

Clergy

 
Priest-in-Charge Search 

The Vestry has established an Interview Team: Senior Warden- Ed Proctor, Jr. and Junior Warden- Carrie Cardinale along with Vestry members Shay Pendray and Tom Libby. This Team is preparing to interview a candidate for Priest-in-Charge that Bishop Gibbs has sent us.
Please be sure to pick up a copy of the NEXT STEP and INTERVIEW TEAM UPDATE communications located in Centennial Hall so that you may stay apprised of the latest information on our search for a Priest for St. James.


Staff

Dr. Glenn Burdette
Director of Music
ext. 7206
music@stjamesbirmingham.org

Glenn became Director of Music Ministries at St. James in December 2002.

A native of western Pennsylvania, he won a National Merit Scholarship to Oberlin College, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance and music history. He then pursued graduate studies at Cornell University, where he was Assistant Organist in Sage Chapel, and at the University of Cincinnati, where he received his Master's degree in organ performance and Ph.D. in musicology.

Glenn has published journal and encyclopedia articles on 18th-century musical performance and 19th-century organ building history, as well as critical editions of historic music for A-R Editions and Kallisti Music Press.

Glenn’s earlier church positions included those of Assistant Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati and Director of Music at Grace Church, Utica, New York; and Adjunct Music Instructor at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati and Utica College of Syracuse University.

He is also an adjunct faculty member in music history and harpsichord performance at Wayne State University and Marygrove College. Glenn and his wife, Paddy live in Birmingham.

Chris Gannon 
Minister to Youth and Young Adults
ext. 7203
chris@stjamesbirmingham.org

Chris became the Minister to Youth and Young Adults at St. James in December 2010.

Chris attained her Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2002, during which time she also was student pastor at Fairmount Presbyterian Church in Califon, NJ.  Before entering seminary, she served as director of youth ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Freeport, NY, and director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church of Garden City, NY. She chaired the Presbytery of Long Island’s Youth & Young Adult Ministry Work group for six years, and served as director and chaplain, chaired small groups and helped plan the annual Silver Bay Presbyterian Youth Conference in New York State.

A native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens, NY, Chris moved to Michigan in 2003 to accept a call as Executive Director of Skyline Camp and Retreat Center in Almont, MI. She has also worked on staff at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, MI.  

Chris has spent her entire career working in non-profits as a reference/computer assistant in a public library, in child guidance and teen center work, and with day camp and after school programs. A graduate of the New York City Police Academy in 1987, she earned two commendations as an officer with the New York City Police Department while walking beats in Times Square and then Chinatown.

Sharing the words of Kenda Creasy Dean, one of Chris’ seminary professors, Chris wholeheartedly believes that “the church’s job is to till the soil, prepare the heart, ready the mind, still the soul, and stay awake so we notice where God is on the move, and follow.” Chris sees that God is most certainly on the move here at St. James! 

 

Ellen Shuster
Parish Administrator
ext. 7200
churchoffice@stjamesbirmingham.org

As Parish Administrator, Ellen's responsibilities as office manager includes work on St. James communication pieces, such as the weekly bulletins, monthly newsletter and website updates.

Her current flexible schedule at the church allows her to concentrate on her favorite job as a mother to triplet teenagers.

Peggy John 
Financial Secretary
ext. 7205
financial@stjamesbirmingham.org

Peggy has been a parishioner at St. James since 1956. She began her position as Financial Secretary in September 1993.

As Financial Secretary, Peggy keeps track of all deposits, pledges, memorials and payroll. Working closely with the Treasurer, she pays invoices and prepares monthly reports for the Vestry and Parish (Endowment) Fund.

Only her dedication to her children and grandchildren can rival her dedication to St. James. On Saturday mornings, Peggy can be found in the knitter’s group.

 

Engrid Wicka 
Assistant Financial Secretary
ext. 7209
engrid@stjamesbirmingham.org

Engrid is the newest member to our St. James staff. Her regular office hours will start September 8, 2014 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Her office is located on the second floor in the Church Office hallway.

As Assistant Financial Secretary, Engrid keeps the preschool financial books and works closely with Peggy John, Shar Wickens and the Priest-in-Charge.

 

Shar Wickens 
Director of St. James Preschool
ext.7103
preschool@stjamesbirmingham.org

Shar has a degree in education, with advanced graduate study. She has been Preschool Director at St. James since 1998. She is a member of the National Association of Education of Young Children and its local affiliates. She also is involved with the Oakland County Director Coalition and is a member of the Michigan Association of
Play Therapy.

On a professional level, Shar knows and understands the difficulties families face when choosing a child care provider. She and the nurturing staff at the preschool provide a safe, secure, intellectually stimulating, socially motivating and most of all, happy environment for children. She believes that St. James Preschool offers families the best care and education available, so that it is truly “a great place to start”.

Shar and her husband Jon have been active members of St. James since 1985. They have two daughters who grew up at St. James.

Quenten Matthews
Sexton
ext. 7100
churchoffice@stjamesbirmingham.org

Quenten has been St. James’ Sexton since 1994. His responsibilities include the general maintenance of the building and grounds. In addition, he helps prepare the church for special events, meetings and services.

Quenten enjoys being an integral part of the St. James family. His positive attitude and listening skills have endeared him to many. He is married to Kim, and is the proud father of six children.

ST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH
355 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI 48009
WHERE TO PARK

It’s easy and convenient to park for Sunday services. Parking is free on Sundays at City of Birmingham parking decks and metered spaces. The Chester Street parking deck is located just across the street from St. James on the west side of the building. Street parking can be made on Maple, Chester and Martin streets - all adjacent to St. James. The handicapped entrance to St. James is located on Martin Street, the street south of the building. Handicapped parking is available under the overhang at the St. James Martin Street entrance. The Chester Street parking deck has handicapped spaces located next to the elevators.

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