Our Clergy & Staff

Father Bob Gates, Interim Priest

 Fr. Bob Gates is a retired Priest in the Episcopal Church who has been asked to be an Interim Priest at
St. Lukes Episcopal Church until the new Priest has been identified, and present in Bartlesville.
   Fr. Gates was Ordained to the Priesthood in May of 1979. He has served in several congregations in Oklahoma before concentrating his ministries in Hospital Chaplaincy at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, and Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville. He retired from Hospital Chaplaincy in 2007, and has since served congregations in Sapulpa, OK, and Claremore, OK. He and his wife, Georgia, managed the Diocesan Camp and Conference Center, St. Crispins, in 2010 until new Directors were hired.
   Fr. Gates and Georgia reside in Bartlesville and enjoy their work with the Bartlesville Area Farmers Market, and travels throughout Oklahoma.

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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.






Lauri-C-StaffPhotos-6-22-16Deacon 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.



Mike-B-StaffPhotos-6-22-16Deacon 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-StLukes 7-28-16-BDolores 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.




Parish Secretary
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-A-StaffPhotos-6-20-16Hugh 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.