Meet the Vestry
The Vestry of St. Luke's is comprised of 11 members who are elected by the parish to work with the clergy in managing the temporal affairs of the church. Vestry members generally serve three-year terms, with four members rotating off each year. The 2019 Vestry include:
I was blessed to be born into a Christian family while my father was serving as a pastor of a small Baptist church in the Jersey shore town of Seaside Heights. Dad continued in the pastorate when a few years later he moved us to the lovely pre-Revolutionary village of Setauket, New York and became a Methodist. When I was confirmed as an Episcopalian in 1985 and he was naturally curious about my reasons, I assured him that I was "just going back to my roots!" (John and Charles Wesley, the "founders" of Methodism, were both Anglican priests until the day they each went home to be with the Lord.) In fact when I first walked into the Episcopal church where I was eventually confirmed, I strongly felt the Spirit of the Lord and His welcoming me home. Since 2005 St. Luke's has been where my husband, John, and I have regularly experienced His presence. Over our years of membership I have served twice on St. Luke's vestry, represented the Parish as Delegate to the Diocese of Western Anglicans and
served for one year as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the Diocese. Currently, I am a Lay Leader, Lay Eucharistic Minister, and Prayer Minister. After working for World Vision International for 13 years as their Research Center Director and Writer and 24 years as a Librarian at the California Court of Appeal in Downtown Los Angeles--while raising 2 children, Andrew and Anneke
Forrest, to adulthood (with God and my husband's help!!), it would be a great blessing to answer God's call to be on the Vestry of St. Luke's.
I was baptized and raised in the Presbyterian Church. As a teen I enjoyed helping my mother teach VBS and Sunday School. I’ve been blessed to lead children to Jesus Christ through Vacation Bible School as an adult. Sixteen years ago I felt led to attend St. Luke’s. It has been a joy to be part of this bible-believing church that professes the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Ingo and I were married at St. Luke’s in 2003. Our youngest daughter Victoria was baptized at St. Luke’s in 2006, and now serves as an Acolyte. I have been a part of St. Luke’s prayer intercessor team, and pray for our church family daily. Ingo and I currently serve by helping to break down the coffee area after Sunday church service.
God led me to a career in teaching, and this is my eighteenth year as a primary school teacher. Two aspects of my job continue to bring me great joy – helping children to become enthusiastic readers, and sharing my love of gardening! God blessed me to be able to study horticulture and agriculture while enrolled in my teaching credential program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The most gratifying part of having my M.S. degree in Agricultural Science Education, is sharing what I have learned with students as our school’s Garden Coordinator. I love St. Luke’s church and know that the scripture from Jeremiah 29:11 applies to us, “…For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” What a blessing it is to see our church flourish over time! Although we may not see what God has for us around the corner, we know by faith that it is good. It would be a privilege to serve on the Vestry of St. Luke’s, and I would do so with a
humble heart. Thank you for your prayers.
I have been active in St. Luke's for the last seven years. Raised in nearby Sunland, I went to local schools before serving in the US Navy as an Airman. My time in the service matured my faith and focused my goals. I then attained my AA from GCC and my MAT from Occidental College. For the last twenty years, I have taught a variety of secondary and college level courses, always with the hope that I am a Christian presence for students.
I love St. Luke's for its prayerful, supportive community, having found tremendous healing through the prayer ministry here. I look forward to being on Vestry to foster continued warm welcoming of new members. I would work to encourage all members to be active in a small group, two or more ministry opportunities, and at least three worship services each month. My vision is for St. Luke's to tap into the dynamic power of our small groups so that our neighbors may know us as a Christian ministry with a heart for the community. I believe all of us are treasure troves of a wide array of talents just waiting for the moment to shine for Christ.
Don Duquette - Senior Warden
Don Duquette and his wife Sue, were both born and raised in La Crescenta, and in 1989, along with sons Marc (and subsequently John) began attending St. Luke’s. Don & Sue have been continually active in small group fellowship and bible study. He has personally benefited from intercessory prayer and miraculous healing through St. Luke’s, and found the congregation to be a great source of strength, encouragement and growth for himself and his family. Over the years, Don has served as St. Luke’s outreach liaison and board member of an inter-faith community food-aid ministry, was active in youth program leadership teams, has served on parish profile and ordination discernment committees, as leadership of our small group ministry, and on numerous annual stewardship campaigns, remaining personally committed to comprehensive stewardship at St. Luke’s Anglican Church. Most currently, Don enjoys participating in our corporate worship as a Lay Reader. Sue has been similarly active over the years, and currently leads the Altar Guild ministry. Don has previously served four terms on St. Luke’s Vestry, and considers it an honor to be again be called, and a privilege to so serve our congregation in this capacity.
Rachel and Steve began attending St. Luke’s in early 2014 shortly after their move to California. We were both raised in the Christian Reformed Church but had attended and loved an Anglican Church near Pittsburgh in our first years of marriage. We continue to appreciate the depth of the Anglican tradition and liturgy and have also been blessed by the strong presence and emphasis on the Holy Spirit that we’ve found at St. Luke’s.
Rachel grew up as a pastor’s kid and was involved in planting two churches with her family during her high school years. After a short time working in college ministry, she completed her master’s degree in counseling and is finishing the process of becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist. In my work as a therapist, I see God changing lives, even when the gospel can’t be mentioned explicitly, but I also believe wholeheartedly in the power of the gospel to transform both individual lives and the world at large.
I want to do what I can to help the church live out its mission to proclaim and embody that gospel, both by helping it run smoothly and by equipping its members to do more of whatever it is God has gifted them to do, for love of neighbor and for God’s glory.
Since becoming a part of St. Luke’s, I’ve been involved in the music and immigration ministries, and have helped lead our Alpha ministry for people who are curious about faith. Having moved to La Crescenta several months ago, I’m looking forward to the ways God is continuing to draw our family deeper into the life of St. Luke’s and into the local community, and hope to help St. Luke’s discern what it will mean to live out God’s calling for our church in the specific place and season he is leading our congregation into.
I have been a member of St. Luke’s for 20 years and have been blessed to have been a part of a variety of Lay Leadership roles such as Junior Warden, Vestry Member (for at least two full three years terms), Co-Directress of the Altar Guild, Usher / Greeter, and have been involved in Children’s and Youth Ministries. I am also currently serving as a Delegate to the Diocese of Western Anglicans.
I was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition and attended 12 years of parochial school. I began worshipping in the Episcopal tradition after my marriage in 1988. I love the richness of our Anglican liturgy and worship.
My husband passed away a little over 7 years ago after a lengthy illness due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis. Our church family has been a source of strength, love, and healing over the years. I have two adult children, Sean and Erin. My daughter continues to participate in service to St. Luke’s in the Music Ministry and with Media and my son attends another local church since graduating from college last year.
My many years of experience in the insurance industry has given me gifts of administration and organization. (I currently work as an underwriter). I would consider it a great privilege to be part of the Vestry as St. Luke’s moves forward toward what God has planned for our future.
I grew up in Pasadena and La Canada. I have an Associates degree from Pasadena City College with a certificate in legal assisting. I attended a Presbyterian church through 4th grade and then fell away for a while. When I came back to Christ I attended several different denominations before coming to St. Lukes in 2001 where I have been since. St. Luke’s has allowed me to grow and mature in Christ. It is where I feel loved, there is a real family feeling. I am currently active in the altar guild and on the welcome team. I have also served as a chalice bearer. I am currently serving my third year of a three-year term on secretariat which is the governing board for Cursillo.
I started working for Los Angeles county office of education as a senior school clerk in 2003. I worked in a juvenile detention camp for 3 ½ years, central juvenile hall for 6 years and in a special education unit for the last 5 ½ years. Even though I was not raised as an Anglican, it is where i feel nearest to God. I love the liturgy of the church. I also attend a bible study group on Thursday nights. I appreciate the chance to serve on vestry and grow in Christ.
Nick Read Brown
Nicholas R. Brown and his wife Audrey along with their three sons – Jonah, Davin and Nathanael – have been worshiping at St. Luke’s since 2010. He previously served on the Vestry from 2015-2017 and has also served on the altar guild and other various lay ministry committees/groups.
Nick is an Assistant Professor in the Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount University. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern College (IA) and a joint M.A. in International Peace Conflict Resolution and Theological Studies from American University and Wesley Theological Seminary respectively. His doctorate in Christian Ethics is from the Center of Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and he has also taught as both a full-time and a part-time faculty in LMU’s Theological Studies department and Fuller Theological Seminary.