The ministry of St. Paul United Church of Christ is supported and assisted by a committed staff. Staff members serve the congregation on either a full or part-time basis, working closely with the Church Council, the Cabinet, and various committees and organizations of the congregation. Any member of the staff can be contacted by calling the church office (1-313-291-1221) Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During the summer months, office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please check the Sunday morning worship bulletin for current office hours.
The Reverend Dr. Geoffrey Drutchas is the fourteenth Senior Pastor in the history of St. Paul United Church of Christ. He was formally installed by the congregation in September 1988. He has previously held pastorates in Bel Air, Maryland and York, Pennsylvania. He has also served as a full-time campus chaplain at both Tufts and Syracuse Universities. In addition to academic degrees received from Michigan State University, Harvard University, and the Lancaster Theological Seminary, Pastor Drutchas has also studied at Syracuse University and the Wayne State University Law School. Pastor Drutchas is the author of a book, Is Life Sacred? (Pilgrim Press), and numerous articles in the fields of Christian ethics, history, and historic art and architecture. At St. Paul United Church, Pastor Drutchas leads worship, visits parishioners in need of special pastoral help, oversees day-to-day church administration, and offers bible study, confirmation classes and other adult education programs. He is married to Eileen Vernor Drutchas, who sings with our Chancel Choir. They are proud parents and grandparents.
Minister of Christian Education
Cheryl Herkimer-Schalm is Minister of Christian Education for St. Paul United Church of Christ. From September 1998 to January 2012, Cheryl served as Director of Christian Education. On January 29, 2012, she was formally commissioned by the Detroit Metro Association of the United Church of Christ and our congregation as Minister of Christian Education. She continues to serve as a pastor for our church with a special focus on ministry to children, youth, and families, but also assisting with weddding services. Mrs. Schalm grew up as a part of the St. Paul United Church congregation. A graduate of Truman High School and the Southeastern Academy in Kissimmee, Florida for professional training in the travel field, she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Ecology from Spring Arbor University. She is also certified as a Family Life Educator. Before joining the St. Paul United Church staff Pastor Schalm worked with BTI America, an executive travel firm. Cheryl is the mother of six children and has two grand-children.
Kathy Williams, our Parish Nurse for Programs and Visitation, graduated from Romulus High School and received Bachelor degrees in both Philosophy and Nursing Sciences and a Master of Education in Health Education from Wayne State University. She is also certified as an Educational Specialist in Instructional Technology. Although Ms. Williams began her career as a registered nurse at both Deaconess and Wayne County Hospitals, she subsequently served for over 25 years as a school nurse in the Taylor Public Schools. Ms. Williams has also received her training as parish nurse from Oakwood Hospital. At St. Paul Church she assists the senior pastor in visitation, as well coordinates and leads health-related programs.
Director of Music
Tracy Hoffman began as our congregation’s new Director of Music in June 2017, leading both vocal and handbell choirs and coordinating special music for worship services throughout the year. He brings to St. Paul Church fifteen years of experience directing church choirs and ensembles of all sizes. Alongside his directorial talents, he is an accomplished pianist and vocalist—gifts that he shares with the congregation as hymn leader and occasional soloist.
A native of Muskegon, Michigan, Mr. Hoffman has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Western Michigan University and Master’s degree in Education Administration from Wayne State University. For nearly three decades he has served as an elementary school music teacher for the Allen Park Public Schools. Mr. Hoffman was recently named the new director for the Taylor Community Chorus.
Church Organist and Children’s Choir Director
Sally Sigman provides special music for our Sunday morning worship services and other worship occasions, such as mid-week services, weddings, and funerals. As resident musician, she also makes use of the church’s pipe organ and our two sanctuary pianos (manual and digital) to provide an accompaniment for the Chancel Choir at Wednesday night rehearsals and during their Sunday morning singing. Employed as an organist for St. Paul United Church of Christ on a part-time basis since September 1989, Mrs. Sigman has served two different stints as interim choir director and continues to lead the choir on occasions in the absence of the music director. She also directs the Children’s Choir. Mrs. Sigman previously served as an organist for a Trenton church. Mrs. Sigman and her husband, Glenn, are grandparents to two granddaughters who participate in our church’s music program.
Cindy Romas serves as half-time Administrative Assistant for Member Services at St. Paul United Church of Christ. In this role, she schedules all building use, including weddings and other special events, and supervises mailings to church members. Mrs. Romas is a graduate of Huron High School. Along with her husband and two daughters, she is a member of the St. Paul congregation.
Lauren Frederick has served as both office manager and bookkeeper for our church office since May 2017. She has more than a decade of experience in payroll and bookkeeping in various business-related positions, and has also worked in church settings like our own. She has both a Bachelor’s degree from Baker College and a Master’s degree from Walsh College in accounting and business administration.
Harold Fick serves as sexton and groundskeeper for our church. In his role as sexton, he opens, closes, and monitors our church building for private events. As groundskeeper he maintains our ten acre church property, which includes extensive landscaping and gardens. As a lifetime member of our congregation, Harold was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul. Early in his career, Harold served as maintenance director at Greenfield Village for many years.