• Pastor Susan K. Ericsson, Lead Pastor
  • Pastor Susan K. Ericsson was born in Washington, DC. She attended public schools in DC and Montgomery County, MD. She graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA with a degree in psychology and continued to Yale Divinity School, New Haven Connecticut, for seminary. As part of her seminary training Pastor Ericsson spent a year long internship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    After completing her Master of Divinity degree, Pastor Ericsson was called to Christ Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan. Christ was an extremely vibrant and active congregation serving the inner city. After eleven wonderful years in Detroit Pastor Ericsson was called to serve as the Assistant to the Bishop for Urban Mission in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod. She stayed in this position for thirteen years, serving with two different Bishops. Her primary portfolio involved working with urban congregations and leaders and congregations in the synod’s Redevelopment Strategy.

    In October of 2006, Pastor Ericsson was called to be the Senior Pastor of Saint Luke. Her primary responsibilities are to provide vision and oversight for the mission and ministry of the congregation. She serves as the spiritual leader of the community, encouraging the people of Saint Luke to practice their faith so that individually and collectively we can make a difference in the world in the name of Jesus.

    “Pastor Sue” is married to Charles (Chase) Ferguson, Jr. They have two sons, Amani and Gabe.

    When asked what she enjoys about St. Luke Pastor Ericsson responded, “To be honest, everything! This is an upbeat, healthy and welcoming congregation. People are open about their faith, including their questions. Together we are on a journey to know, love and serve Christ to the best of our ability. We have a wonderful staff that genuinely enjoys and supports one another. I’m having a fantastic time, and I’m amazed at everything we’ve accomplished, and looking forward to what God has in store for us each year.”

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  • Pastor Matt Staniz
  • Pastor Staniz began his ministry as Pastor for Youth, Family and Service at St. Luke in October, 2011.  He is an active and committed participant in the ministry of the ELCA and the Southeastern PA Synod. He works closely with our synod’s youth ministry network as an adult advisor to the LYO Board and program staff member at SEPA Synod Jr. and Sr. High Youth Gatherings. He is currently leading the planning team for the 2012 Sr. High Youth Gathering. Pastor Matt has been a featured speaker at several synod events, including synod assemblies in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

    Pastor Matt has become a leading voice for the ONE Campaign, a grassroots organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. 

    Pastor Matt Staniz graduated with honors from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and was president of the class of 2004. He was the first winner of the Atonement-Asbury Park Preaching Award. During seminary, Pastor Matt served congregations in Camden, NJ and North Philadelphia. He worked with children through Lutheran Children & Family Services and served as a chaplain at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Cathedral Village Retirement Community.

    Pastor Matt lives in Paoli, along with his wife Monica and their daughter Amber.

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  • Pastor Mary Konopka
  • The newest member of the St. Luke staff, The Rev. Mary Konopka joins us as Visitation Pastor.  Pastor Mary, recently retired, served as pastor of Redemption Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 1997.  Pr. Mary holds a BA in Literature and Rhetoric and a Master’s in English Literature from SUNY at Binghamton as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Christ Seminary-Seminex, St. Louis. Pr. Konopka is already known to many St. Lukans through her work in the Diakonia™ Program since 1998 and was involved in bringing the Diakonia™ program to our Synod. Most recently, she was one of the co-founders of Rhawnhurst Turning Point, an outreach center for youth and young adults in northeast Philadelphia which was the result of an innovative ecumenical partnership among local churches, national and local judicatories, local businesses and community organizations. St. Luke has been a supporter of Turning Point through Gifts of Hope.

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  • Jack Charles, Minister of Music
  • Jack came to St. Luke in the spring of 1985. In his role as Minister of Music, he directs the Youth and Senior Choirs and Senior Hand bells as well as supervising the assistants who direct Cherub, Junior Choir and Youth Bells. He uses his piano talents playing with the contemporary Turning Point band. He also works with Creative Arts Committee to bring all type of artistic expressions to the congregation.

    Jack received his undergraduate and Masters degrees from West Chester University. As well as about 90 credits post masters from Westminster and various other institutions.

    Jack has been an organist since age 17, beginning at the Minersville Baptist Church during high school, and Malvern Presbyterian during college. He played at Augustus Lutheran in Trappe for two years and Grace Royersford for 11 years. He also played at St John in Phoenixville before arriving at St. Luke.

    When asked what Jack likes about Saint Luke, he replied, “Actually, I never intended to stay here very long. The organ was a terrible plug in when I came here. It was the wonderful people of this church that have kept me here.”

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  • Carol O' Neill, Administrative Assistant
  • Carol has been serving St. Luke as Administrative Assistant since 2010.  Her skill, personality and can-do attitude are big assets in the church office. 
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  • Allen Benner-Smith, Parish Administrator
  • Allen has been serving Saint Luke as the Parish Secretary since January of 2003.  He assists the Pastors and Lay leaders in the wide variety of tasks involved in "To Know, Love and Serve Christ".

    Allen enjoys being in the Secretary's chair because “from it, more than many places around this ministry, it is easiest to see the spiritual energy and boundless desire to serve of the Saint Luke community.”

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  • Bill Houck, Sexton
  • Bill has worked for Saint Luke since October 1999. His duties consist of maintaining the interior and exterior of the church grounds, ordering supplies, set up and knockdown of various church events, servicing the church van and a multitude of other duties as needed.

    Bill loves working at Saint Luke because of the people and the wonderful environment. “People ask me why I whistle. It’s because I am happy here. This to me is a positive place.”

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  • Councilor for Worship for Music, Dawn Heckert
  • Dawn has been a member of St. Luke since 1993. She and her husband, Bob Mitchell, have two daughters, Joslyn and Gillian. Dawn is a librarian at Haverford College. After graduating from Muhlenberg College, Dawn served for a year at a women’s shelter in Washington, D.C., through the Lutheran Volunteer Corp. In addition to serving as councilor for worship and music, Dawn served as a member of the transition team and then chaired the call committee that selected Pastor Ericsson. She also serves as an assisting minister, communion assistant, lector and a mentor for the confirmation class.
  • Councilor for Communications and Evangelism, John Ailor
  • Born and bred in Southeastern Virginia, web enabled, database centric and early adopter,  John has been a member of Saint Luke since 2002.  John's service to Saint Luke includes building and hosting our web site and finding new ways to simply and broadly Know, Love and Serve Christ.

    John is has 3 outrageously fantastic children; Christina, Jake and Laura Grace.  In his spare time John listens to baseball and, in the off season, stacks wood and shovels snow.
  • Councilor for Congregational Life, Lynne York
  • Lynne and her husband David first came to St. Luke in November of 2010, they became members in March of 2011, and were married here at St. Luke in April of 2012. Lynne has one son, Jason. She has served on Altar Guild and is an assistant treasurer for disbursements. The York’s are part of the coffee hour team and were called to form a small dinner group that became known as the Bread Crumbs. Lynne is a second year student of the Diakonia program. The word "diakonia" is Greek and its theological meaning is “care and service”. Lynne has worked for Main Line Health since 1988 in various positions and is now a financial counselor at their Radnor campus. She enjoys gardening, cooking and reading.
  • President, Bill Baver
  • Bill and his family joined St. Luke in 1996. He has been involved in the Christian Eduation program at St. Luke since his boys started attending Sunday School with the 2 year-old program. He has been a teacher in the education program since 1994. Bill has been involved in the Confirmation monistry since 2003 and has been a lead teacher in the program since 2007. Bill works in the computer industry and has been involved in local coaching positions throughout the Radnor-Wayne sports programs since 1995. Bill has a love of education and in helping everyone at St. Luke expand in the learnings of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Councilor for Witness, Carol Reilly
  • We first joined Saint Luke in 1986 as a family of four with two young boys but then moved to Virginia six years later.  After a 15 year absence I returned to this area in 2007 and promptly rejoined the Saint Luke family.  My sons are grown and the family has expanded to include a wonderful three-year-old grandson.  In 2013 I retired from full-time work as an investment professional but continue to work part-time in that field.  Being in semi-retirement means more time to enjoy walking/hiking, sewing when time permits and cooking (eating!)  
    Being a part of the Saint Luke family has been a joy.  I love our members, the liturgy, spirit of giving and all the opportunities for ministry that we support.  It’s a great place to know, love and serve God!
  • Treasurer, David Webb
  • Raised in Berwyn, confirmed at St. Luke in late 1970’s, David moved from the Main Line after graduating from Conestoga in 1981.  He graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1985 and George Washington Law School in1991. After living in Connecticut, Virginia and New Hampshire, he returned to the area in 1993.  He lives in St. Davids with his wife, Annie and their 3 children, Jamie, Tommy and Meredith, who attend Radnor Township Schools.  For the last 22 years, he’s worked as a Financial Advisor for Janney Montgomery Scott in Radnor.  David enjoys golf, paddle tennis, travel and being with family. 

  • Councilor For Support, Steve Miller
  • Steve and his family joined St Luke in 1994. Steve has previously served as councilor for support in early to mid-2000 and is looking forward to returning in this role. He also served on the call committee that selected Pastor Ericsson. He enjoyed attending the ASP trip to West Virginia last summer and is looking forward to attending again in 2014. Steve and Lorraine have 4 children; Morgan, Madison, Miranda and Mason. Steve is a graphic designer and owns Miller Designworks, a graphic design company in Phoenixville. You may also see Steve singing in the choir or with his daughter Miranda. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, running, and watching many soccer games.
  • Secretary, Anne Barnett
  • Anne has been a member of Saint Luke since 1975, when she moved here as a teen with her family.  Her parents, Don and Roberta Barnett, and one of her sisters, Dona Redmond, are also active and long-timemembers.  Anne is the proud mom of two young adults, Jackson and Jenn  Smith who are in the slow process of leaving the nest.  Anne has taught Pre-K Sunday School  for more years than she cares to admit.
    Professionally,  Anne has spent her career in the Insurance industry, and works at Philadelphia Insurance Companies in the Claims Management team, supporting  its Professional/D&O division.   In her spare time,  Anne enjoys running , reading, meals with friends and family, and serving as President of her community Homeowners association.

  • Councilor For Learning & Faith Formation, Jennifer Wright
  • Jennifer and her husband, Rod and sons, Justin and Tyler, have enjoyed being part of St. Luke for many years.  Jennifer teaches at Drexel University in the LeBow College of Business and is a certified public accountant.  She has served on many committees/teams, taught high school Sunday school and assisted with the 9th grade confirmation class.  She has previously served on Council as Treasurer and Secretary. The Wright family enjoys being part of the St. Luke community and serving alongside of many wonderful friends.
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