Meet Our Staff



Bob Swartz

Bob has served at St. James since March 2018.  He grew up in New Jersey and steadily moved west until he found a place of true belonging in Redding.  He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and completed his Lutheran Year studies at Gettysburg Seminary.  He leads worship, preaches and teaches, provides pastoral care, and helps our congregation to live into God’s mission of grace.  In his free time, Bob reads lots of books, watches baseball (go Phillies!), and fails to keep up with his wife Katie and two children.



Jonna Rossow

Jonna and her family moved to Redding in 1999 from Kalispell, Montana. She and her husband have three grown children. She began serving at St. James as a volunteer in the office, and then in November of 2000, then Pastor Al Cassels offered her the position of Office Manager. Since she was a stay-at-home mom with a Kindergartener at the time, she decided she should pray about the offer. Soon after, her son started taking part in a program at school where he was participating in a 1st grade class, which meant he would be staying for the full school day. This was confirmation to Jonna that she was being called to work at St. James. She has been very blessed to be a part of the staff here at St. James.


Contemporary Worship Leader

Bill King

Bill has been leading worship for over 20 years and considers it to be his highest calling. He enjoys playing in his two rock bands, watching movies, listening to progressive rock, cooking, and messing around with tech stuff. Most of all, he loves his wife and three daughters.

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Christian Education Coordinator

Katie Swartz

Katie has been serving as a church educator for over 10 years.  She graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ in 2010 with Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education degrees.  After serving as Director of Faith and Family Formation at a Lutheran church in Pennsylvania for 6 years, she and her family headed west for the big adventure of building a new life in California.  In her spare time, Katie enjoys reading, attending baseball games, and playing outside with her children, sheep, and chickens!


Nancy Schmitt

Carillons Director

Nancy has been the director of the Carillons Handbell Choir since 1992. Born and raised in Iowa, she took piano lessons in the 4th grade and continued through college. After 22 years teaching in elementary schools, she retired in 2004. She and her husband have two children and four grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, golfing, cross-country skiing, and hiking.



Jeff Browne

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