Rev. Martha Porter-Reid


I was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in a suburb south of Chicago called Lansing. I have two sons. My eldest son, who is 30 years of age, is Christian and he is currently living in the city of Chicago. He loves all of the hustle and bustle of city life. Up until six months ago, he lived in Portland, Oregon where he had lived for eight years. Therefore, you can imagine my excitement when he decided to move back to the Midwest; I get to see him far more often and I love it.

My youngest son who is 23 years of age is Ethan. Ethan is currently living in Big Rapids, MI attending the Galloup Guitars Luthier Master Craftsman School. A Luthier is someone who makes stringed instruments, such as guitars, bass guitars, violins, etc. Guitars and bass guitars are his passion. I believe the current count on how many he owns is seventeen. When he finishes his training, he will have made four more. He tells me that each of these guitars produces a different sound and therefore necessary for him to own.

I have a dog named Bandit which is a Shih Tzu. He is three years old and a very good best-friend and companion. You will occasionally see me with two dogs, as I often “babysit” Christian’s dog which is named Beau.


Anna Pedrotte

Church Administrator

I came to St. James with several years of Administrative Assistant experience in 2017. My husband Rob and I have two daughters, Ashley and Selma. Our oldest daughter Ashley married Brian in 2017 and they have blessed us with three grandsons, the last two being twins. My husband’s job opportunity at Consumers Energy brought us to the Jackson area. I am happy to be a part of St. James.