Staff

REV. MICHELLE JAMES– Pastor – Rev. James joined the Faith Family on September 8, 2020.

I hail from Salina, Kansas, attended Wichita State University, earning a BA in Elementary

Education.  I taught preschool and fifth grade before answering the call to ordained ministry, attending the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  I’ve served churches in Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and Michigan.  My husband, Tom, is a Presbyterian pastor as well, serving a church in Toledo, Ohio.  We live in Grosse Ile (halfway between our churches!) with our younger two girls:  Annie and Charissa, two dogs: Jack and Duke, and a chinchilla named Chi-Chi.  Emma, our oldest, is a student at the University of Michigan.

I answered the call to serve Faith Community Presbyterian as Stated Supply Pastor in September, 2020, during the CoV-2 pandemic.  While it is a strange time to come aboard a new church, it has given us a great opportunity to find fun and creative ways to meet one another, to worship together, and to participate in mission and ministry! 

 I enjoy gardening (or digging in the dirt since my thumb is not very green!), digging my toes in the sand at the beach, and getting to know my new “digs” in Novi and at the Faith Community Presbyterian Church!  

REBEKAH RATZA – Music Director – Rebekah has been part of our Faith Family for more than ten years. She conducts the choirs and bells, works with the children, plays the piano and organ, and coordinates music for worship. We are blessed with her talent, her kindness and her love of all things music.

CHRYSTAL VAUGHN – Office Administrator – Chrystal joined our Faith Family a number of years ago and although in the office part-time, she keeps us organized, supplied, updated and in communication with each other. She will gladly welcome you whenever the church office is open.

DAPHNE PAULK – Director of Family Ministries – Daphne, and her family, have been a part of our Faith Family for a number of years. Daphne cares about all our youth and families, and strives to keep us all connected in worship and in intergenerational fellowship.

JACKIE RICHARDS – Business Manager – Jackie has been part of the Faith Family for several years now and is a great resource in helping us with the “business” part of being a “worshiping” community.

DEMI GRIVAS – Custodian – Demi keeps the Faith Family’s home fresh and clean, and is Chrystal’s sister, keeping things in the family.

JODIE NEAL – Childcare Provider – Jodie became part of our Faith Family in 2019 and is loved by the children and their parents too. She is in the nursery on Sunday mornings, and would love to meet your little ones.