staff & contact information

The Very Rev. Phil 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, and reappointed in 2014, thus the “Very” in his title. He is married and has three children in his household, including the newest, born in early 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.

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.  

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Daniel J. Susan, Minister of Music

A church musician since 1978, Daniel has developed skill as a dynamic service player, choir director, and practical composer, as well as a spirited instigator of faithful music with children. He is recognized as an outstanding communicator of the joy and the discipline of music (sung, played, and heard) and is a workshop leader and speaker on church music with a particular focus on linking the ancient and the new into an eclectic and faithful song of the Church. Born in New York, raised in Kentucky and Arkansas, Daniel’s early music training began at the University of Louisville and in an accomplished church choir. Study with Robert Ellis led to an undergraduate degree in organ performance from Henderson State University. At the distinguished College of Music, University of North Texas, he earned a Masters of Music in organ performance with an emphasis on early music. Extensive jazz and rock & roll experience has fertilized and broadened his imagination while assisting communication with all ages.  A talented composer, as well as trumpet and recorder player, Daniel enjoys many different styles of music from all times and places.