Parish Staff

Fr. Michael Roach / Pastor

Fr. Mike Roach was appointed pastor of St. James, on November 1, 2011.  He is a native of the Kansas City area—born and raised in Liberty, Missouri, where he currently serves as Pastor of St. James Church, Liberty. Fr. Mike was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in 1981, and has […]

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Fr. Timothy Armbruster / Associate Pastor

Fr Timothy Armbruster, C.PP.S., was appointed associate pastor of St. James, on July 1, 2008.  He is originally from Western Kansas. Having grown up in a Precious Blood parish in WaKeeney, KS, he came to know the Missionaries of the Precious Blood and joined the community in 2000. He was ordained in 2001, and has […]

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Deacon Charles Koesterer / Deacon

Deacon Charles Koesterer and his family have been members of St. James since 1988.  Deacon Chuck was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in 2011. Deacon Chuck has served the St. James Community since his Ordination. As a permanent Deacon, he is able to baptize, witness weddings, preside at funerals […]

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Jim Newell / Operations Manager

Jim Newell is Operations Manager of St. James.  He began his career with The Shell Oil company working for them 20 years, primarily in procurement, at 7 operating locations across the country.  He then went  on to Diamond Shamrock in Cleveland as raw materials Manager, then became Vice President of Operations for Fermenta Animal Health Co […]

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Danny Baker / Director of Liturgy & Music

Daniel A. Baker joined the St. James Parish staff in July of 2007, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. Danny grew up just south of Liberty in Raytown. Following high school, he studied music at Northwest Missouri State University. There, his primary focus was vocal performance and piano. During his time at […]

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Cecilia Richardson / Director of Religious Education

Cecilia Richardson has been involved in catechetical ministry here at St James since 1997, when Fran Riley, the previous DRE, asked her to be a hall monitor for the Sunday morning RE program. That one day of hall duty segued into co-teaching a 4th grade class. After a few years of teaching 4th grade, Fran […]

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Lori Tajchman / Director of Children's Music Ministry

Lori Tajchman has been a St. James parishioner since 2004, and has been involved in Children’s Music Ministry since 2006, directing the St. James Children’s Choir since 2009. The children of St. James families know her as Miss Lori, and recognize her best when she is singing and dancing with them at VBS and at […]

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Daryl, Loretta, Katie, Howard / Office Staff

We have some amazing staff that help everything get completed at St. James.  Daryl Sweetland is our Office Manager and Katie Klassen is our Finance Manager, Howard Henry is our webmaster.  To find out more about each of our office staff, please select the link provided to find out more. Daryl Sweetland, Office Manager – To […]

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Molly Doherty / St. James School Principal

  Molly Doherty is the Principal of St. James Catholic School. She has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in our diocese for over 28 years. Molly has been the principal of our parish school since 2004. Prior to that she has served as Assistant Principal at St. James and St. Thomas More […]

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Daryl Sweetland / Office Manager

Daryl Ann Sweetland, a St. James parishioner since moving to Liberty in 1980,  has been a part of the parish office staff since 1991, beginning in the fall when her three daughters were all in grade school. It has been a wonderful position for Daryl as it gave her the opportunity to put her daughters […]

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