Rev. James C. Rhodenhiser » Rector
Office: (734) 662-2449 ext. 201
Cell Phone: (734) 709-6993
James has been Rector/Senior Pastor of St. Clare’s since 2003. James loves to help people grow in faith, service, and leadership. He believes we do this by encountering God more deeply, and learning and thinking about how to claim the faith for ourselves with others seeking to follow Christ. Each person has unique gifts God has given you to serve God in your life. Discovering and using our gifts with God helps us flourish as persons beloved in God. James loves to teach, to pray with people, and to encounter and serve Christ together. It excites him when diverse people who may not have found a welcoming, accepting church home join St. Clare’s, and bring their minds and passions with them.
Prior to coming to St. Clare’s, James served parishes in California and Maine, and was the Youth Missioner of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. Raising up teen leaders is an abiding passion for him. Prior to attending the Yale Divinity School, James taught U.S. and World History, and earned a Masters from the University of Virginia, and did his undergraduate degree at Duke University.
James also loves sailing, camping, hiking, reading books about science, and playing Bridge. He sings in the Michigan Choral Union, and the St. Clare’s Adult Choir. The book he is most intrigued by at present is The Science of Fear, by Daniel Gardner. His favorite magazines are Discover, and The Economist. James is married to Jayin, and has five children. If interested, you can see his family photos on Facebook.
Rev. Beth Scriven » Associate Rector
Office: (734) 662-2449 ext. 202
Cell Phone: (440) 223-2242
Beth arrived to join the St. Clare’s staff in July 2008, and has quickly come to love this place and especially these people! She has now been at St. Clare’s longer than she has been in any church position for a while, having been blessed by a number of internship opportunities during her time at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. Prior to seminary, Beth had an exciting year working with the campus ministry at Washington University in St Louis. She received her BA in Religion and Biblical Literature from Smith College in 2003.
During her high school and college years, Beth developed a passion for youth ministry, and is thrilled that her position as associate rector includes responsibility for the youth ministry program at St. Clare’s. She is also excited to be ministering in the new niche of 20/30s ministry as it develops at St. Clare’s.
When Beth isn’t at church, she enjoys reading old children’s books, watching old episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and new episodes of reality tv, cooking, spending time with friends, and playing Wii tennis. In her former lives she enjoyed dance and stage managing, and hopes someday to reintegrate those into her life.
Xan Morgan » Children’s Minister
Cell: (734) 717-0886
Children are at the center of the Kingdom of God! St. Clare’s Children’s Minister, Xan Morgan, delights in watching children grow in God’s deep love. During our work with children at St. Clare’s it is our goal that both children and adults alike have opportunities to explore who Jesus is, experience community, exercise discipleship and evolve into all that God has created them to be. Xan has a BS in Education and taught in a Christian School for four years. As a daughter of two Episcopalian priests she brings passion and commitment to her work. Xan has been a part of our St. Clare’s family since 2003.
John Goodell » Director of Music & Communication
Office: (734) 662-2449 ext. 204
John was born in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory in 1998 with degrees in economics and piano performance. He completed a master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Michigan in 2003. He started his musical adventures at age 5 studying piano and composition, and was singing professionally as a boy soprano at age 8.
John joined the St. Clare’s family in 2007, and is also the Artistic Director of The Music Project, a non-profit he founded in 2009 empowering young people to create emotionally engaging and intellectually relevant artistic presentations delivered through multiple channels including live performance. He is Director of Orchestras at Greenhills School, has served as Music Director and Conductor of The Life Sciences Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Youth Orchestra, and has worked with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Civic Orchestras and other ensembles in the US and abroad. As a choral conductor, he has worked with the Boychoir of Ann Arbor (7 years) and with numerous local and regional opera companies. He maintains an active teaching and coaching schedule, and is managing partner of Post Communications, LLC, a web services company specializing in communication tools for non-profits around the world. He recently served on the Standing Commission on Communications and Information Technology for the Episcopal Church. John is married to Debra and has three daughters.
Karen Slagell » Parish Administrative Coordinator
Office: (734) 662-2449
Karen joined St. Clare’s staff as Parish Administrative Coordinator in 2011 and loves working with this energetic and visionary group. Karen also serves as clerk for the Vestry, edits the parish newsletter, and gets to go on the youth mission trip each summer. You’re most likely to find Karen in the office on Tuesday (afternoon only), Wednesday, or Thursday.