Staff

Rector

The Rev. Eric Williams

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A native of Los Angeles, Eric was called to St. Philip's in January 2017. A priest for over 30 years, he has served congregations in Western Massachusetts, Western New York, and the Diocese of Michigan, where he also served as Executive Director of the Whitaker Institute. He received his BA from Williams College in 1986 and his MDiv from the General Theological Seminary in 1992. He is married to the Rev. Susan Anslow Williams and they have two grown daughters. He enjoys bicycling, running (with his dog Sebby), singing, and crossword puzzles.




Contemplative Franciscan Priest Associate

Fr. John Meulendyk

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“Fr. John” has served as a Franciscan Episcopal Priest Associate at St. Philip’s since 2019. He is a graduate of Calvin College & Seminary (A.B), Marygrove College (M.A.), The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (M.Div.), and the Ecumenical Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He has trained in contemplative spiritual formation under the direction of Fr. Richard Rohr and Living School Faculty at the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, NM. Currently, he is credentialed by both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Episcopal Church.

In addition to his formal seminary training, he is a physician, certified physician executive, and graduate of the Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare at Duke University. He has been an Associate Professor at Michigan State University and co-founder of the Leadership Academy for Integrative Compassionate Care.

“Fr. John” holds a passion for teaching, and a commitment to healing through the transformative wisdom of the Christian contemplative tradition. His religious interests lie in mystical re-visioning of Christian theology. His writings attempt to articulate a perspective for people who wish to “walk humbly, act justly, and love mercy.” Micah 6:8




Director of Religious Education

Pat Wagner

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Pat is new to our staff -- Fall of 2023.

A note from Pat:
My husband, Bill, and I have attended St. Philip’s our whole lives, except for two years at St. Mary’s Episcopal, Mohegan Lake, NY.  I have studied the Bible and taught church school for many years.  I’m a retired teacher and reading tutor.   Our oldest son lives in Colorado; our middle son lives with his wife and six children an hour away; our daughter, her husband, and their son, whom I babysit, live an hour south.



Parish Administrator

Irene Sanchez

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Irene Sanchez joined our staff in April 2021.  In addition to managing the office and its daily requirements, she also manages our FB page and helps to keep our website updated.  An experienced Office Administrator, her career includes service at several other parishes and in the corporate world. Along with degrees in Photography and Health Sciences, she is a 2nd level Sommelier. Married with 4 children and 3 grandchildren, her and her husband make their home in Pontiac.  When not in the office, she is an avid DIYer, kayaker and hiker with a love for travel and adventure. 




Director of Music

Jim Bain

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Finance Administrator

Jayne Zellers

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Jayne Zeller comes to us with loads of experience in the world of finance.  We are so happy to welcome her as the newest addition to the St. Philip's Staff Family.  She is in the office on Wednesdays and ready to help and answer any questions you may have.  




Sexton

Brian Vlaming

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Brian has served as our Sexton (custodian) for many years.  He is the reason our building sparkles, shines and is always a safe place to worship.  A born again child of God, he serves with all his heart.  When Brian isn't busy keeping us scrubbed up, he loves being in the outdoors.