Clergy and Staff
Beth has a passion for preaching, vibrant worship, and welcoming people in all their diversity to God’s table. Her previous career was in non-profit management in New York City, Denver and Chicago where she worked to unveil the unnecessary but painful reality of hunger in our neighborhoods. She also served as an associate at Christ Church Cranbrook and as a seminarian at All Saints’ in Chicago. Beth and her husband Mark have two children, Gianni and Sofia. She is also a jazz and bluegrass singer, an avid reader and traveler.
The Rev Beth Taylor
248-721-4325 (after hours/emergencies)
Tuesday - Friday, by appointment
Gerardo (he/him) joined St. John’s in September 2022 as Curate and Associate Clergy. In these roles, he serves joyfully in the wide range of ministries of the community, including worship, pastoral care, formation, children and youth, and community engagement. Additionally, he is honing his skills to become a rector with the mentorship of Rev. Beth and the congregation. Formerly, Gerardo was a social studies teacher and college professor, where he exercised his passion for teaching and learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion in schools and society. Gerardo loves singing, traveling, kayaking, and desserts (especially ice cream). Gerardo and his husband Dean are the proud dog parents of Finnegan, their golden retriever puppy.
Music Director Dr. Steven McGhee has established himself as a fixture of the art scene of metro Detroit as the artistic director and principal conductor of the city’s renegade opera company, Opera MODO. He earned his doctorate in collaborative piano under Martin Katz, and has taught at the University of Michigan, Long Island University, and New York University, and currently teaches at Madonna University and Wayne State University. As an artist, Dr. McGhee is known for his innovative programming, for challenging societal and gender norms, particularly in the opera world, and for fostering empathy and compassion in his work as a collaborative artist.
Dr. Steven McGhee
Our Welcome Statement
Welcome! We are St. John's, a parish that invites you to enter the
open doors of our community and warmly embraces you when you do.
At St. John's, our history has taught us that accepting and embracing true diversity is challenging. As a result, we have come to claim a firm, undying commitment to inclusion.
So here is our invitation to you: regardless of your cultural background, ethnicity, gender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or heterosexual identity, economic status, physical or cognitive ability - you will be not labeled, singled out, or excluded here.
You will be welcomed, affirmed, embraced, and celebrated!
We will be better because you are here.