“I came to St. Luke’s in January of 1983, looking for a church my future husband and I could attend. We had just gotten engaged. Dick was Southern Baptist and I was Catholic. Neither of us felt comfortable worshiping at each other’s church. We came to St. Luke’s after being invited by a friend, and never left. It felt like home, right from the start.
I’m a St. Luker because our church is authentic in the way it shares the peace, love, and grace of Jesus Christ. It is welcoming and nonjudgmental.
I’m looking forward to the seeing the fruits of our community and world involvement in empowerment programs that lift God’s children out of poverty. I love the way we focus on a hand up for those in need, preserving their dignity, and helping them learn to provide for themselves and their families.
I see St. Luke’s core values lived out in so many ways. Our congregation is becoming more diverse, looking like God’s Kingdom. We love and accept our LGBT brothers and sisters, without telling them they can’t be who they are. We share God’s love with each other and our community, and we don’t ‘play church’. It’s the real deal, and I’m blessed to be a part of it, and to have raised my three sons in this holy place.”
~ Andrea Batchelor, St. Luker since 1983