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574 S. Sheldon Road
Plymouth, Michigan, 48170

Phone: 734-453-0190
Fax: 734-453-1504
pikegami@stjohnsplymouth.org

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Pastor Dana Runestad.jpgSt. John's Plymouth is in the process of calling a new rector to walk with us on the next leg of our journey. During our transition, it is 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.

 

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.

 

While change always brings challenge, this is an exciting time for our congregation, and we look forward to working together to write the next chapter in our faithful story.

 


 

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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 large Lutheran church in Farmington Hills where she was in charge of the finances, the building & grounds, all online communications and the office and maintenance staff. Phyllis has lived in Plymouth for 3 decades and grew up in neighboring Livonia. She has two grown children and two grandchildren who are the light of her life.
 

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liza.JPGLiza 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. 

 

Contact Liza Calisesi Maidens, MM

 


 

JWatson.jpgJayne Watson, Interim Director of Family Ministry

 

Jayne Watson is married and has two energetic, enthusiastic children Bennett and Morgan.  She was was baptized and raised in the Greek Orthodox Church. After getting married, Jayne and her husband attended the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Decatur, Georgia.  In 2012, they moved to Michigan for her husband's job.  Her family have been members of St. John's for the last 4 years. She has taught Sunday School at St. Johns and has directed our Vacation Bible Camp.  She is passionate about helping families raise children of faith, something that's challenging in today's hectic world. She has a background working on non-profit programs as both a staff person and a volunteer. She served as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County, along with being a Board Member and program volunteer for 5 years. Through her experience, she has learned the key to success is collaboration. In taking on this job, she looks forward to collaborating with the congregation to continue to expand our Family Ministry in a way that will bring our current families closer together, while welcoming newcomers into the fold. 

 

Contact Jayne Watson

 


 

Jacob_Carroll.JPGJacob 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!

 

  


  

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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.

 


 

JanetSigmon.jpgJanet 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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