Parish Leadership

Our Wardens and Vestry Members

The Wardens and Vestry members are parish lay leaders elected by the congregation responsible along with the Rector for the spiritual well-being of the parish. They are also the fiduciary members responsible for the finances.

Trudi Haskins, Senior Warden

Diana Julian, Junior Warden

Paul Van Duser, Class of 2022

Elizabeth Anderson, Class of 2021

Lynn Zickefoose, Class of 2021

Steven Miner, Class of 2022

Sue Bennett, Class of 2022

Sandy Whelan, Clerk of the Vestry

Jim Julian, Treasurer


Our Priest

Fr. Don Frye has served at Saint James since July 2008 and loves serving the people of the parish and community.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Fr. Don moved to Chicago in 1990 for a six-month job assignment moving from New York City where he served as an urban missionary for two years. There he served homeless single men and women, and welfare moms and their children. He worked 20 years in book publishing and marketing for InterVarsity Press and the American Medical Association before being ordained to the priesthood in 2005.

Fr. Don is actively involved in the community as a member of Dundee Twp. Lions Club and Board Member of the Elgin Community Crisis Center. He has served on the Cathedral Chapter of Saint James Cathedral, the cathedral church for the Diocese of Chicago, as well as the Chaplain to the Dean's Search Committee. Currently Fr. Frye is a co-chair for the Transition Committee for the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Chicago. Fr. Don has served as a volunteer at Holy Family School in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. Fr. Don is also a Registry Chaplain at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL.

Don is passionate about seeing people connect with God and each other in peace and justice ministry - both in the parish and out in the community. His interests include reading, movies, collecting fountain pens, calligraphy, travel, cooking, and cycling. Fr. Don and his husband, David Shallow, live in Naperville where they reside with their Dachshunds - Owen, and Bob.

You can contact Fr. Frye by email at or by calling the parish office at 847-426-5612.

Parish Administrator

Keri Slattery-Curtis has been a member of Saint James since 2013 and joined the staff as Parish Administrator in October 2018. Keri is a trained chef and previously worked for Starbucks Midwest Region and at the local Starbucks coffee shop. She lives in West Dundee with her wife Tab and her daughter Jane.

You can contact Keri by email at or by calling the parish office at 847-426-5612.


Director of Music

Luke Engen is a native of Elgin, IL and became the Parish Music Director at Saint James in February of 2018. Luke attended Judson University in Elgin where he completed the Performance Certificate in Music Program with an emphasis in organ under Dr. Dale Voelker. He also studied organ privately with Dr. David Christiansen. Before coming to Saint James, Luke was the handbell choir director and assistant organist at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Elgin since 2013. Additionally, Luke sings tenor with the Elgin Master Chorale.

Luke attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin and the Harry Wendelstedt School for Umpires in Daytona Beach, Florida. He spent four years in professional baseball working as an umpire for the California, Midwest, New York-Penn, Appalachian, and Gulf Coast Leagues. Currently, Luke teaches Spanish at Carpentersville Middle School (District 300).

You can contact Luke by email at or by calling the parish office at 847426-5612.

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