Father Stephen D. Hood, Rector
Cell phone: 918-330-6108
Fr. Steve joined St. Luke’s as Rector on Oct. 2, 2018, after having served 10 years as rector of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. He grew up in Richardson, Texas, and his grandparents lived in Bartlesville in the late 1960s through the 1990s, so he is familiar with the town. Fr. Steve and his wife Tracy were married in 2016, and they have a blended family with four children — Tyler, Thomas, Claire and Rivers. Tracy teaches fifth grade in the Bartlesville Public School system. Fr. Steve has also served churches in Baton Rouge and Thibodaux, Louisiana. He completed his undergraduate degree at Texas State University and his Master of Divinity at The School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee). Fr. Steve currently serves on the board of the Samaritan Counseling Center and is active in the Bartlesville Ministerial Association. Read more about Fr. Steve.
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. 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 granddaughters.
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.
Robyn Crow, Parish Secretary
Robyn Crow joined the St. Luke’s staff in September 2017 as the parish secretary. A resident of Bartlesville for 34 years, she received a bachelor of business administration from OKWU. While raising a large family, Robyn also oversaw operation of the Jane Phillips Medical Center gift shop and coordinated the hospital’s 120-person volunteer program. She and her husband Raymond have eight adult children, five of whom live in Oklahoma. Robyn can be reached by email at parish secretary or call 918-336-1212.
Rachel Gurule, Christian Formation Director
Rachel grew up in Bartlesville and returned soon after completing her university education. She has worked as a mental health counselor and school counselor and is currently a counselor at Wayside elementary school. She joined St. Luke’s in 2009 and has one daughter. She has served in the St. Luke’s Altar Guild for the past four years and served as a Sunday school teacher.
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.
Margaret Holden, Church Sexton
Margaret has been a part of the St. Luke’s family for the past six years, joining the staff as a gardener and groundskeeper before expanding her role to church sexton in 2018. In this capacity, Margaret is directly involved in caring for the church facility, inside and out. And what a wonderful job she does! Margaret grew up in a family of eight children, where her father demonstrated the virtues of hard work and perseverance. She has two sons, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.