Celtic Cross Staff
Interim Pastor: Rev. Ruthanne Herrington
The Rev. Ruthanne Herrington has served as the Pastor at both Garden City and Faith Community Presbyterian Churches and was a Parish Associate at Greenfield Presbyterian Church. She served as the chaplain at Glacier Hills Senior Living Community in Ann Arbor for seven years. While at Glacier Hills, Ruthanne also provided pulpit supply throughout the Detroit Presbytery.
Ruthanne is active in the Presbytery of Detroit (POD). She has served on and chaired various committees and work groups of the Presbytery. Currently, she is Vice President of the POD Board of Trustees and chairs the POD’s Audit Committee.
Having grown up in Farmington Hills and lived in the western suburbs as an adult, Metro-Detroit has always been home for Ruthanne. She does claim to have a little “Yooper” in her, as she studied engineering at Michigan Tech for two years before transferring to Wayne State where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Ruthanne has had a meandering faith journey, that includes being raised Roman Catholic, spending a decade outside the church, and finally rediscovering herself as a Child of God and a person of faith. She was a member at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Livonia, for ten years before she felt called to ministry. Ruthanne studied at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago where she received her MDiv. Ruthanne was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PCUSA in 2008.
Ruthanne is married to Paul Herrington. Whether it is kayaking in the summer, exploring lighthouses or hiking any time of the year, Ruthanne and Paul love spending time outdoors, especially by the water. Ruthanne has three daughters and four adult step-children and one step-grandson, and two cats.
Office Administrator: Pamela Johnson
Pamela L. Johnson is a proud Detroit native. Upon graduating from David Mackenzie High School, she attended Wayne County Community College. Pamela has many years of experience as an Executive Assistant at for-profit and nonprofit companies. For over 25 years, she has attended Calvary Presbyterian Church. Pamela is an ordained Deacon and Elder in the Presbyterian Church USA. She is the youngest of four siblings and loves her family dearly. Pamela is married to her sweetheart Robert, and they are the parents of two adult children. They are the doting grandparents of two granddaughters and the bonus grandparents of two grandsons.
Choir Director: Kingsley Sears
Kingsley began his work among the congregation in 1983. Kingsley lived and attended school in Berea, Ohio through grade seven. The family then moved to Wadsworth, Ohio as his father started teaching vocal music there. Kingsley sang in his dad’s choirs for five years. Following high school graduation, Kingsley earned a degree in Public School Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. His first teaching job was in Bangor, Michigan, vocal music and social studies. Then he taught junior high vocal and instrumental music and arithmetic in Kalamazoo and directed church choirs in the area. In 1954 he and Lurline Willis were married. In 1957 he completed his Masters Degree in Administration at Western Michigan University. In 1959 he became Assistant Director of Personnel in the Kalamazoo Schools.
In 1963 the family moved to Warren when he was hired as Personnel Director for the Warren Consolidated Schools. All three of their children graduated from Warren High School. In 1982 he founded the Warren Community Chorus which he still directs. The next year he started directing the Choir at Celtic Cross. He retired from the Warren Consolidated Schools in 1986.
Kingsley played in the band in high school, in college, and in several community bands including the Warren Concert Band (since 1974) and the Michigan State University Alumni Travel Band. Instruments have included baritone, trombone, flute, and tuba. He writes program notes for the Warren Symphony Orchestra and gives tuba lessons to middle school students.
Non-musical hobbies include playing bridge, camping, and running. Kingsley runs about two dozen races per year including the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day run. Years ago he completed 5 Detroit Marathons, but now the distances are limited to 3 or 4 miles.
The concerned fellowship and musical dedication of the Celtic Cross Choir are deeply rewarding. Their weekly contributions to worship are among Kingsley’s most treasured experiences.
Organist: Tom Edwards
Tom spent many years in Traverse City, Michigan. While there he trained at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He also studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Tom is an accomplished organist with many years of service to his craft.