Father Bob Gates, Interim Priest
St. Lukes Episcopal Church until the new Priest has been identified, and present in Bartlesville.
Deacon Doug Freebern
Doug and his wife Connie have been members here since 1999. They moved here from Oklahoma City. Doug and Connie have four adult children; two live in Bartlesville with their families and two live in Denver. They have nine grandchildren.
Deacon Lauri Watkins, Children’s Education Director
Lauri was ordained deacon in June of 2013. Her ministries are in pastoral care at the hospital, working with Family Promise, and tutoring elementary students. A retired teacher, Deacon Lauri serves as St. Luke’s Children’s Education Director. She and Mike live in an old house in downtown Bartlesville, spending time with a granddaughter and church activities. They love to travel, camp, and backpack. They have four adult children and three beloved granddaughters. Two cats and a dog make up the rest of the household.
Deacon Mike Watkins
Mike and his wife Lauri came to St. Luke’s in 1997. Before retiring from a career in computer engineering in 2013, Mike began to study spiritual direction and has been active in Ignatius retreats in the Tulsa area. When time is available, he migrates toward hiking and camping. Beyond his role as deacon at St. Luke’s, he has made a pact with Lauri to make travel a priority.
Dolores McCreary, Organist and Choirmaster
Dolores has been organist/choirmaster at St. Luke’s since 1978. She does a remarkable job with the organ, choir and worship music and brings variety and flair to everything she does. Dolores has composed Psalm settings, anthems and many of the musicals and dramas performed under her direction. Her contributions to the arts in the Bartlesville community are widely known and respected. Dolores and Max have two grown daughters, two sons-in-law, seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Karl Franks, Church Administrator
Karl began attending St. Luke’s at age three and remained a member through high school. He left Bartlesville to attend college and eventually became a workshop foreman at a prominent violin shop in Boston after completing formal training and an apprenticeship on the West Coast. For 20 years he has been a luthier, a maker and restorer of string instruments. Karl and wife Jennifer and daughter Lillie returned to Bartlesville three years ago. Outside of work, he’s active in music, woodworking and charitable causes.
Following the retirement of longtime parish secretary Ann Bell on August 31, this position is been temporarily filled by St. Luke’s member Bob Wesneski. Contact Bob at parish secretary or by calling 918-336-1212.
Lana Lookout, Sexton
Lana joined the staff in 2015. She is responsible for the cleanliness and upkeep of the church interior facilities, including taking of the many small details that keep the building bright and inviting. She and her husband Henry have four boys and two girls, and their family lives just a few steps away from the church at 805 S. Osage.
Hugh Harrison, Assistant Sexton
Hugh and his wife Virginia came to Bartlesville in October, 2005, after being evacuated from New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina. They joined St. Luke’s in 2006, and Hugh eventually began working at the church, where he cares for the lawns and other outside features. He is also responsible for setting up tables and other items for church and private functions at St. Luke’s.