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

Phone: 248.644.0820
Fax: 248.644.4405

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

For pastoral emergencies, contact
The Reverend Josh Hoover at 810.620.5402


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The Reverend Joshua A. Hoover
248-644-0820 ext. 7222

The St. James Vestry is extremely happy to announce that The Reverend Joshua A. Hoover has accepted the call to serve St. James Episcopal Church, Birmingham, and is appointed Priest-in-Charge by The Right Reverend Wendell  N. Gibbs, Jr.

Josh Hoover comes to us from St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Fenton, Michigan,
where he has served as Rector for nine years. Josh is a 2002 graduate of Virginia
Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. He is a 1994 Cum Laude graduate of
Alfred University with a Bachelor of Arts.

Josh launched his ministry with St. James on Sunday, January 4 serving as celebrant at worship services.  His wife Allie, and their three children, William, Julia and Timothy are active and engaged participants in our parish life.

Dr. Glenn Burdette
Director of Music
248-644-0820 ext. 7206

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.

Chris Gannon 
Minister to Youth and Young Adults
248-644-0820 ext. 7203

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
248-644-0820 ext. 7200

As Parish Administrator, Ellen's responsibilities include office manager responsibilities, membership database maintenance and communications, which consist of the weekly bulletin, the monthly newsletter and website updates.

Ellen is in the office Monday through Friday; during church office hours (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.).


Peggy John 
Financial Secretary
248-644-0820 ext. 7205

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.

Peggy is in the office Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Engrid Wicka 
Assistant Financial Secretary
248-644-0820 ext. 7209

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

Engrid is the newest member to our St. James staff. Her regular office hours are 12:30-2:30 p.m. Her office is located on the second floor in the Church Office hallway.


Shar Wickens 
Director of St. James Preschool
248-644-0820 ext.7103

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
248-644-0820 ext. 7100

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 and is the proud father of six children.

355 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI 48009

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.