Staff & Council

Meet Our Staff


Vicar Kari Webb

While Vicar Webb studies at Wartburg Theological Seminary in the Collaborative Learning Program, she also serves as a Synodically Authorized Minister, working toward ordination in Word and Sacrament.


Vice-Pastor Stephan Sandness

Pastor Sandness serves as Vice-Pastor, providing 

oversight and guidance to the congregation at St. James. Pastor Sandness is the lead pastor at nearby Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spearfish.

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Music Director


Paula’s long career as a musician-educator allows her to bring expertise and passion to the music at St. James Lutheran Church. Paula leads adults and children in worship music.


Parish Secretary Ann 

Ann manages the office of St. James which is humming with activity!  When you call, Ann will greet you with a friendly "hello!" She is dedicated to the smooth operations of the church.  


Custodian Kathy 

Kathy and her husband work tirelessly to make sure that the church is a clean and welcoming place for ministry.  Stop in sometime and say "Hi" and let Kathy know how much we appreciate her ministry among us!

Church Council

The church council meets each month.  The council members serve as either Deacons or Trustees.  Council members are elected each year at the Annual Meeting of the church.