Parish Staff

Fr. Michael Roach

Fr Mike Roach, appointed pastor of St. James, on November 1, 2011, is a native of the Kansas City area—born and raised in Liberty, MO., 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 served […] READ MORE

Fr. Michael Volkmer

Fr. Michael Volkmer, C.PP.S. was appointed Senior Priest in Residence of St. James on July 1, 2019. He was born Dec. 10, 1939 in Nebraska City, NE. Fr. Michael studied theology at St. Charles Seminary in Carthagena, Ohio [...] READ MORE

Meet Fr. Volkmer

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, […]  READ MORE

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  […] READ MORE

Daniel A. 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 […] READ MORE

Joe LaScala DRE

Joesph "Joe" LaScala joined our staff in July 2019. He has extensive experience in catechesis both with children's RE and as well as youth ministry. He has been in ministry for over 14 years as a Youth Minister, Campus Minister, and Director of Faith Formation and has been a part of over 175 retreats […] READ MORE

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 […] READ MORE

Jennifer Scanlon-Smith
/ St. James School Principal

Jennifer Scanlon-Smith is the Principal of St. James Catholic School. She has served as a teacher, and principal in our diocese for over 15 years. She became the principal of our parish school in August of 2015. Prior to that she served as Principal at St. Regis School in Kansas City. […] READ MORE

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 first […] READ MORE

Katie Klassen
/ Finance Manager

Katie Klassen is our Finance Manager. Katie grew up in a large Catholic family – a home full of lots of love, family and faith. Along with strong Catholic family and community, she had wonderful pastors growing up and had 13 years of Catholic education. She is a graduate of NWMSU […] READ MORE

Cecilia Richardson / Pastoral Associate

Cecilia Richardson was appointed Pastoral Associate in July 2019. In her new position she will be serving in all kinds of Pastoral needs – funeral liturgies, weddings and engaged couple ministry […] READ MORE

Denise Whelan - Director of Youth Ministry

Denise Whelan joined our staff in January 2017. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia where she had her youth ministry internship. She has extensive experience in youth ministry and has worked with different youth groups over the past several years […] READ MORE

Sandra Gagnon - Director of Christian Initiation Ministry

Sandra Gagnon became a Catholic and Parishioner of St. James in 1995. Prior to joining the St. James family, Sandy attended Liberty Christian Church. She began volunteering with the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults), that same year, under the leadership of Ann Tucker. She became the director of […] READ MORE