Father Ernie Davis was born and raised in Northeastern Florida, growing up on Amelia Island. Raised in the Episcopal Church, he absorbed a scriptural faith in the God of justice and compassion.
While working at a Free Clinic, Ernie met Valerie. They were married and soon went off to the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York. After being ordained and pastoring a few parishes on the East Coast, Fr. Ernie was asked to come to Independence, Missouri, to “re-start” St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. By that time he and Valerie were raising three children.
In 1998, they and their children were received into full communion with the Catholic Church and in November, 2002, Bishop Boland ordained Fr. Ernie a Catholic Priest. In 2007, he was appointed Pastoral Administrator of St. Therese Little Flower Parish. In April of this year, Fr. Ernie was also assigned to be the Pastoral Administrator of St. James Parish. He will devote half of his time to each parish.
Fr. Garry Richmeier, CPPS, grew up on a farm in western Kansas, and left home to attend Precious Blood Seminary, Liberty, MO, as a freshman in high school. He attended Rockhurst College and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, was where he received his Mdiv. degree in Theology. Garry was ordained in 1983 for the Society of the Precious Blood, and served as Associate Pastor in various places, including Linton, ND, Garden City, KS, Sedalia, MO, and St. Charles Parish in Gladstone, MO. In 1994, he received his MA degree in counseling at UMKC in Kansas City, and now is a licensed marital and family counselor. He is presently serving as Sacramental Minister at St. James, part-time Associate Pastor at St. Charles in Gladstone and doing marriage and family therapy.
Garry has been at St. James since 2002. What he likes most about St. James is the diversity, the connectedness among its members, the willingness of the members to take ownership of the parish and its focus on peace and justice.
Director of Christian Formation
Diana Rose came from New York City to Kansas City in 1979. Since then she has made K.C. her home though she still misses the ocean. Diana’s family of origin is from Medellin, Colombia, in South America. Thanks to her grandparents, Diana is fluent in Spanish and learned French as a child when the family lived in Geneva, Switzerland.
In 1984 Diana graduated from Rockhurst University with a BA in Theology and Philosophy. After raising her three children she studied at Creighton University where she was awarded a Master’s degree in Christian Spirituality.
Diana has worked in pastoral ministry for a little over 25 years. Currently she works part-time at Truman Medical Center and the rest of the time she splits between St. James and another parish. Diana is glad to be here and really likes the way St. James parishioners put their faith in action by serving others.
Chris Dewberry has been a member of St. James since 1992, when her children were baptized at St. James. She has participated and continues to participate in many facets of parish life at St. James. She has volunteered for many activities and events including NASCAR, Festival of S. James, choir, knitting/crocheting group, community garden and more. Chris also taught catecisis to middle school and pre-schoolers when those programs were taking place at St. James. After many years of volunteering, Chris joined the staff as Youth Minister in 2011.
Chris enjoys the enthusiasm, energy and ideas of our young people.
Robert Basolo is the music director for St. James. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from UMKC and has been serving as accompanist for St. James for nearly 23 years. Robert also teaches private piano lessons part-time and is a member of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association.
Additionally, Robert holds a full-time position as a projects assistant at the law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon. His favorite thing about St. James is making music with the parishioners.
Marge Vezeau lives in Blue Springs with her husband. She has 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Marge has joined the St. James Staff after spending 12 years teaching computer application skills at Visitation Catholic Church to grades 1-8. She and her husband Bob are members of St. John LaLande Parish in Blue Springs where she sings in the adult choir and small groups. After joining the Catholic Church in 1990 Marge has served as a Lector and Eucharistic minister, was on a Family Life Committee & led a Small Basic Christian Community Group. She and Bob have also spent many years as a Lead Couple for Marriage Preparation and were also very active with Worldwide Marriage Encounter.
She is very excited and happy to be a part of this vibrant and loving St. James community.