St. Luke's United Methodist Church


Rev. Lisa K Sykes, Pastor

Pastor Lisa has served United Methodist congregations in the Virginia Annual Conference for a quarter of a century. In fact, she has served on the Richmond District for her entire ministry. Lisa received her B.A. degree from the University of Virginia, and her M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition to Lisa’s pastoral work, she has been a long-time advocate for children’s health. She authored the United Methodist resolution on “Protecting Children from Mercury-containing Vaccines and Other Drugs” and has spoken before the United Nations twice, during the Minamata Convention negotiations, as a member of Civil Society. Lisa is married to Seth, and they have three sons.

Ms. Shirley Gary, Office Administrator

Ms. Gary has been the office administrator at St. Luke’s UMC for over 30 years. She knows the answer to just about any question you might want to ask regarding the church.

Shirley coordinates communication, oversees administration of the office, coordinates building use, supports the preschool staff and administrators and, along with these and her other numerous duties, always has time to talk and a smile for those who enter the office.

Ms. Michele Hart, Preschool Director

Ms. Hart has a deep love for children and nurturing them through St. Luke’s preschool and Mothers’ Morning Out. She received her degree in Child Development with a focus on Child Care Administration from Virginia Tech. She has related to the preschool as a parent, a teacher, an assistant director and now as its director.

Michele is wonderful at assessing what kind of programming parents want and offering great enrichment opportunities to our students. Under her leadership, the preschool continues to thrive.

Ms. Margaret Anderson, Financial Secretary

Ms. Anderson is the newest member on staff, as her position was only recently created. Margaret enables St. Luke’s to be an excellent steward of the monetary gifts given to God in this place.

Typically, she is in the office on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but odds are good, even when it is not her day to be in the office, that she will be dropping by to check on things.

Ms. Scottie Kyle, Treasurer

Ms. Kyle joined the staff of St. Luke’s as Treasurer in 2015. She brings many years of administrative and accounting experience to her job as church treasurer. She worked many years as accounting manager/administrator for commercial construction firms and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her service at St. Luke’s. Scottie’s experience and her love of people blend well in her job as treasurer.

Scottie is normally in the church office on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but is often there on other days.

Mr. Bob Ford, Music Director

Welcome Bob Ford, St, Luke’s new and wonderful Director of Music! A Goochland native, Bob has been a resident of Richmond and Henrico for several decades. He became a resident of the greater metropolitan area upon completion of military duty as an Army Bandsman. Prior to this he completed undergraduate college training in piano, organ and sacred music. His hands-on experience includes music retailing associate, word processing, pipe organ technician and vocal coach/teacher. He currently maintains an active traveling keyboard studio. Having served United Methodist and Baptist churches for several decades; he is at home directing choirs from the keyboard and assisting in the leadership of the weekly worship experience. SOLI DEO GLORIA!