Staff & Contact Information

Colleen Herman, Exec. Secretary & Bookkeeper

Colleen grew up in Trenton, MI and currently resides in Brownstown with her husband Jerry and two children. Colleen received her Bachelors of Music Degree from Western Michigan University, and her Masters of Music Degree from Wayne State where she studied Flute Performance. Colleen teaches privately out of her own flute studio where she has students of all ages.  She also adjudicates Solo and Ensemble Festivals for MSBOA, has performed with many different orchestras and freelances in churches for weddings, funerals, and special services throughout the year. Colleen has also been involved with Seaway Chorale and Orchestra both as a performer and as a Board Member. When Colleen is not doing anything musical she loves helping Saint James’ in the office, spending time with her family, going to her kids’ swim meets, hanging with friends, and watching sporting events on television and at the stadium.  email

The Rev. Phil Dinwiddie, Rector

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.  He is married and has three children in his household, including the newest, born in early 2012.  email

Harold Schwochow, Sexton

Harold joined our staff in 2008, having retired from General Motors after 36 years. 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. email

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Robert Ragoonanan, Minister of Music

Bobby is a recent graduate of Luther College with a B.A. in Music, and Bowling Green State University (BGSU) with a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting. He has found success as a conductor across the Midwest, conducting orchestras, choirs, and wind ensembles. Recent performances include the premiere of Lydia Dempsey’s The Wishing Well ballet, Andrew Binder’s Ballyhoo, Husa’s Elegie et Rondeau for saxophone and orchestra, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 6. Bobby is trained as a collaborative pianist and voice coach. Before coming to Saint James’ Bobby held positions as pianist, organist, and cantor at Sacred Heart Parish in New Bavaria, OH, and St. Mary’s Church in Holgate, OH, where he also served as the choirmaster. His passion is to create music that stirs the soul. At Saint James’ Bobby has grown our adult and children’s choirs through specialized voice training and excellent material. Keep an eye out for the special monthly recitals he has organized, including a Folk Concert and Bach Cantata. email


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