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574 S. Sheldon Road
Plymouth, Michigan, 48170

Phone: 734-453-0190
Fax: 734-453-1504

Welcome to St. John's, the Episcopal Church in Plymouth!
With gratitude and excitement we announce that Pastor Dana Runestad will be joining St. John’s Plymouth as our interim rector, beginning on October 9 (see introduction below).
For more than a hundred years, St. John's has served as a vibrant center for workship and fellowship. Our faith tradition is known by the motto seen on signs in big cities and small towns across the country: "The Episcopal Church Welcomes You." Our community takes that phrase to heart, opening our hearts and our worship to everyone, especially those who may have been turned off by or turned away from previous church experiences for any reason.

St. John's is a community built on varied backgrounds and faith experiences; we love our tradition and rituals, but we love people even more.  We are committed to opening our doors as wide as possible because we pattern our lives after Jesus' teachings and His message of radical welcome and inclusive love.


If you are visiting our website for the first time, we are happy that God led you to this place and we invite you to join us for worship soon.  We have two worship services on Sunday mornings, our 8am service we use the Rite II Eucharist (1979 Prayer Book and 1982 Hymnal) and our 10am service we use a more expansive Eucharistic liturgy and music using an all-inclusive bulletin. To view our bulletins and weekly "Journey Pages" announcement inserts, visit "This Week at St. John's".


For more information, contact our church office at 734-453-0190 or email our Parish Administrator. Click here to sign up for our weekly online "Journey Notes" communications.  






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October 1, 2017


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ –


With gratitude and excitement we announce today that Pastor Dana Runestad will be joining St. John’s Plymouth as our interim rector, beginning on October 9.


Ordained in the Lutheran Church in 1986, Pastor Dana joins – or rejoins – our St. John’s community from her most recent position as both Transitional Pastor at Lord of Light Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor and Acting Executive Director of Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Michigan.


To many of you, Pastor Dana will be a familiar face.  Of the nine parish assignments she has had since ordination, she looks back at the years she served as Assistant to the Rector at St. John’s (from 2001 to 2004) as her happiest years in ministry.  And prior to that, she and her family were members here at St. John’s.


You will hear much more of Pastor Dana’s story in the days to come. Today, we want you to know how gracefully and completely she fulfills the three “must haves” that guided our search: 

  • Significant experience and training in serving congregations in transition
  • Passion and skill in preaching, spiritual formation and pastoral care
  • Love and reverence for the liturgy and traditions of the Episcopal Church.

Though ordained in the Lutheran tradition (like her father and great-grandfather before her), she refers to herself as “a closet Episcopalian.” 


Happily, the “full communion” between our two denominations paves the way for her to return to St. John’s to celebrate, preach, teach and walk with us on our transition journey.


Since 2001, the Episcopal Church has been “in full communion” with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), meaning that while each retains its autonomy and structures, our two traditions work together for joint mission and witness in the world, and clergy and laity may move freely between the two denominations.


Many of Pastor Dana’s previous parish assignments have involved leading congregations in transition. She has told us that she delights in helping congregations explore the ways to “be who you are, see what you have, and do what matters to God.” In her introductory letter to the vestry, she wrote that hearing the news of St. John’s search for an interim “more than tugged at her heart.”


We are blessed that today, her gift for transition ministry can come together with her heart’s desire. This will indeed be a joyous homecoming for Pastor Dana, her husband Barry Rabe and their two grown sons.


Pastor Dana’s first official day at St. John’s will be October 9th (though she will be attending a diocesan clergy conference offsite most of that week through Thursday). She will celebrate and preach for the first time on October 15. But we are happy to tell you that she will be worshiping in the pews with us on Sunday, October 8. You can meet and greet her at a coffee hour between the 8 am and 10 am services on that day.    In the near future we will host a more formal reception for her and her husband, Barry Rabe.


Please join us in welcoming Pastor Dana!

Yours in Christ – The Vestry of St. John’s Plymouth


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