574 S. Sheldon Road
Plymouth, Michigan, 48170
Priest Lisa has been the spiritual leader of St. John’s since of 2013, bringing a range of gifts and experiences from both in and outside of the church. While her engaged and dynamic preaching, singing and worship leading style differentiate her, it is Priest Lisa’s effusive passion and desire to build authentic community and intentional welcome that transforms much of who we are and what we do as a community of faith. Through her dedication to teaching, groups, worship, outreach, communication, leadership development and one-on-one pastoral care and counseling, St. John’s continues to grow in spiritual depth and levels of commitment to the ministry we share.
Priest Lisa has studied, led, and taught on the subjects of congregational development and re-imagining the role of today’s church. She believes it is time for communities of faith to reclaim a prophetic purpose as a relevant and essential voice, challenge structures that divide, and garner the resources necessary to be agents of positive change. She serves as vocational faculty on the national Episcopal CREDO staff supporting the wellness in clergy at various points in their ministry.
Prior to her call to the priesthood, Priest Lisa worked as a professional musician, social worker, project manager and owned her own production company. She currently sings outside of the church whenever possible in local clubs, cabarets and events. She earned her Masters of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA in 2003 and her Doctorate of Ministry from Seabury Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL in 2010.
Phyllis Ikegami, Parish Administrator
Phyllis joined St. John’s in December of 2015. As Parish Administrator she is responsible for the day-to-day business functions and operations of the church. She manages the church office, oversees all administrative functions, supports all communication systems and provides clergy support. Prior to joining St. John’s, Phyllis served as a Bookkeeper and Parish Administrator for 13 years at a Lutheran church in Farmington Hills. Phyllis has lived in Plymouth for 27 years and grew up in neighboring Livonia. She has two grown children and two grandchildren who are the light of her life.
Liza Calisesi Maidens, MM, Music Director
Liza comes to us bringing passion, experience and the promise of growing our music ministry in the coming months and years. In addition to her role at SJP, she is on the conducting faculty at Eastern Michigan University and is an Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Concert Choir. She also sings professionally in the chamber ensemble, Sounding Light, under the direction of Tom Trenney.
Liza holds a Master's degree in sacred music/choral conducting from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from Central College in Pella, Iowa. While in Princeton, Liza was a Section Leader in the Westminster Symphonic Choir, which performed regularly with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and other world-renowned orchestras in premier concert halls. Liza was the graduate assistance to Joe Miller and has worked with other great musical leaders such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir. Simon Rattle, Amanda Quist, Andrew Megill, and Joseph Flummerfelt.
Jacob Carroll, Music Scholar - Tenor/Baritone
Jacob, from Roseville, Michigan, is in his second year at Eastern Michigan University for his undergraduate degree Vocal Performance with an Organ minor. In his solo singing, his main focuses are on French Song, particularly works written by Maurice Ravel and Olivier Messiaen. His musical interests are all aspects of the choral experience - choral singing, conducting, and arranging/ composition. He is excited for the opportunity to take part in the Music Department at St. John’s!
Steven Brancaleone, Music Scholar - Piano
Steven, from Chesterfield Township, Michigan, is currently attending Eastern Michigan University for his Masters in Music Performance. He has also received his Bachelor degree in music at Eastern Michigan University in 2016. During his free time, he listens to various music and reads the corresponding scores, to grasp a better understanding of the history surrounding it. His other interests includes accompanying other solo instruments and events. Steven is looking forward to expanding his church music knowledge and repertoire, as well as working with the choir at St. John’s.
Janet Sigmon, Nursery Director
Janet is a lifelong member of St. John's. She has worked in the nursery at St. John's since 1984. She is a certified preschool teacher and has been employed as such since 1985. When not working with children, she enjoys many activities. Janet has participated in bowling leagues for over 20 years. She has had a great time helping her father redesign the yard and gardens. She loves working on the computer for school or fun, and is an avid movie and television fan.
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