Staff and Contact Information

Saint James’ Episcopal Church

25150 East River, Grosse Ile, MI  48138

Office:  (734) 676-1727

Fax:  (734) 676-9363


The Very Rev. Philip Dinwiddie

Fr. Phil was raised in the Roman Catholic Church to the age of ten when his family moved to Michigan and joined the Episcopal Church. As a student in high school and college he led summer camping programs for the diocese and youth and young adult retreats. After two and a half years of study in Mechanical Engineering he transferred to the Jane Addams College of Social Work in Chicago where he earned a BSW with Honors, later receiving an MSW from the University of Michigan and an MDiv with Honors from the Virginia Theological Seminary. Fr. Phil has been Rector of Saint James’ since the summer of 2004. When he is not preaching, teaching and providing pastoral care he enjoys following technology, writing, and playing acoustic guitar.  Fr. Phil was appointed Dean of the Downriver Deanery in 2010, thus the “Very” in his title. He is married and has three children in his household, including the newest, born in January of 2012.  

Harold Schwochow, Sexton

Harold also joined our staff in 2008, having retired from General Motors after 36 years on the job.  Harold worked on the GM Quality Control team, using skills he now employs on a daily basis at Saint James’ making the church building and property delightful to behold, both in cleanliness and function. Harold is married to Sharon, with four grown children who live both nearby and far.  When you see him around give Harold a thumbs-up for all the good work he does around Saint James’.  He is truly a valued member of the staff.

Kipp Cortez, Minister of Music

Kipp’s formative experience in the Episcopal Church began at the age of fifteen when he served as a substitute organist at All Saints Episcopal Church in Western Springs, Illinois. Struck by the beauty of the Episcopal liturgy and the rich musical traditions of the denomination, Kipp became a member of that parish and was later confirmed at the Cathedral Church of St. James. Kipp’s interest and skill in church music led him to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music and Organ Performance from Valparaiso University, and later a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. Kipp is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ and Church Music at UofM with special study in harpsichord and carillon. When not before a keyboard Kipp can be found golfing, swimming, running, and bowling with friends on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Krista was born and raised in Michigan. She lived in various places around the country before returning back in 2010. As a lifelong  Lutheran Krista has served churches around the country, including as Secretary, Peer Minister, Bookkeeper, and Director of Youth and Family Ministry. Krista holds a degree in theatre from Northwestern University. She directed the Nativity portion of the Grosse Ile Boar's Head production in 2011 (while also playing a French Hen!) and performs with various theater companies throughout the Detroit area. Krista's husband, Sean, serves St. Thomas Lutheran church, and their daughter attends school here. In her spare time Krista enjoys serving on the board of directors for the Downriver Council for the Arts, singing on the praise team at St. Thomas, and reading books of many kinds.