Staff & Contact Information

Krista Ewbank, Exec. Secretary & Bookkeeper

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.  email

The 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.  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