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 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.  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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Now Hiring ~ Minister of Music

Saint James’ Episcopal Church on Grosse Ile, Michigan (and island in the Detroit River, just south of Detroit) is seeking a talented, joyful, engaging and industrious Minister of Music to further develop, and lead, and grow our music program. Music is an integral part of Saint James’ identity, worship and ministry. Our approach embraces the spectrum from our rich religious heritage of hymnody and choral music to expansive expressions such as spirituals, taizé, and world music. We are a vibrant and growing community of faith (130/average Sunday attendance) committed to being welcoming of all people, creating relevant and authentic worship that engages the heart and mind, and letting service to others transform who we are in the world. We are looking for either one person to fill both positions or to splitting this position into two (organist and music director). The perfect candidate(s) will be excited by being part of Saint James’ and the responsibilities and opportunities outlined in our POSITION DESCRIPTION. Please send cover letter and resume/CV to