St. Luke’s Episcopal Church looks to the future with faith, hope and enthusiasm. While we honor and live our lives as Episcopal Christians in the Anglican Communion, we also strive to be open to new ideas and opportunities for participating more fully in God’s mission of reconciliation and restoration. The ministry of the laity is particularly important to us and we place a high value on Faith Formation for people of all ages. Further, and most important, all that we do is centered in our worship of God and in our efforts to be a loving and caring community.
The direction of our life together is determined by the Baptismal Covenant as we seek to live out an affirmative response to the questions: “Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?”…”Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons loving your neighbor as yourself?”…”Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” As followers of Jesus Christ we are also aware of our call to be a community of joy. Our hope is to be sent forth, a people forgiven, healed, renewed, empowered for ministry and “rejoicing in the power of the spirit.”
The Rev. Justin P. Chapman
The Rev. Justin P. Chapman has served as rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church since 2017. After an undergraduate in architecture at the University of Minnesota, Justin received his Master of Divinity at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. Upon being ordained priest, he served as curate of St. Luke’s and priest-in-charge of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Kasson. Subsequently, Justin was priest-in-residence at St. Luke’s and dean of the Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour in Faribault, Minnesota.
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Karen M. Gould
Parish Administrator – Staff Resource for Administration, Buildings and Grounds
Karen has served as our Parish Secretary and then Parish Administrator since 1992. She has primary responsibility for the administrative responsibilities of our congregation’s life. From finances to parochial reports to service bulletins; she does so much to make sure our parish life run smoothly.
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Chancel Choir Director & Organist
Dr. David Friddle is a man of many talents: organist, conductor, published composer and author, graphic and web designer as well as accomplished chef. He has two doctorates in music: Organ performance (Juilliard School, 1988) and Choral conducting (University of Miami, 2006). His music is published by MorningStar Music and his scholarly research by Bärenreiter Verlag in Germany. Dr. Friddle has worked as a church musician in multiple denominations; a professional graphic designer for a NYC glossy magazine and a manufacturing company in Miami; adjunct faculty at the University of South Carolina Upstate; and as a line cook in a restaurant in Florence, Italy. In addition to his varied professional activities, David founded two gay men’s choruses—one in Greenville, SC and the second in Asheville, NC. In 1997 he managed the South Carolina Gay Pride March, held in Greenville; the following year he oversaw public events—including the rally and all performers—for the North Carolina Gay Pride March in Asheville. After four years at St. John the Beloved in Summerville, SC, David has joined St. Luke’s as Director of Music.
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- Amy Caucutt, Senior Warden
- Bert Reiman, Junior Warden
- Gary Whicker, Treasurer
- Cathy Botz, Clerk
- Shanna Altrichter
- Doug Butler
- Kit Muellner
- Diane O’Mara
- Debbie Whicker
- Charlie Graves, Junior Vestry
Click the button below to find the St. Luke’s Parish Directory as a downloadable pdf. Please note, this directory is password protected. If you’d like to gain access, please contact us.
In our Baptismal Covenant, we promise to respect the dignity of every human being. One way that we live out that value in ECMN is through the implementation of our Safe Church Policies.
Our Safe Church Policies establish and maintain standards intended to ensure that our faith communities are safe places where all of God’s people are loved and encouraged to grow into the people God calls us to be. These policies provide specific recommendations, best practices, and guidelines that seek to protect children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
The work of the church is owned by all. Teams are formed around each of these areas in order to collaboratively build ministries and programs to meet the needs of all.
“Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can.” – John Wesley
Our working groups are listed below. If you’d like to get involved in any of them, please visit the contact us page.
Buildings and Grounds
The Buildings and Grounds Working Group ensures our building and grounds are maintained now and for future generations. We have an annual Mini-Work Week in the summer when all members of our Faith Community are invited to assist in painting, cleaning, and trimming trees. If working outdoors or with hammer and nails is something you enjoy doing, all help is appreciated, enjoyable and very welcome.
Faith Formation helps us grow and transform as we travel along our spiritual path, using our heart, our head and our hands. All ideas welcome and encouraged.
The Finance Working Group works with the Rector, Wardens and Vestry in all aspects of our financial life.
According to Miriam Webster, Outreach is “the extending of services or assistance beyond current or usual limits”. St. Luke’s community reaches out to improve lives and conditions of life within the St. Luke’s neighborhood and extending throughout Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, the nation and the world.
The word pastoral comes from the Latin word for “shepherd,” and that’s what pastoral care is about at St. Luke’s: clergy and lay volunteers working together to tend, to pray for, to visit, to listen, to care for those in our congregation who are sick, lonely, grieving, in need of healing, or overwhelmed in crisis or transition.
The Worship Working Group works with Father Justin on the planning of our worship services, to help us express and experience the love and wonder of God’s presence.
History of the Building, Stained Glass & Icons
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church has a long and rich history, and there are many stories to tell about the building, stained glass and icons you’ll see when you visit the building.
All of the beautiful facilities, sanctuary, chapel, meeting rooms, classroom and 4-acre grounds at St. Luke’s are available for rental for your family celebrations, retreats, meetings classes or festivals. Please contact the office for availability and pricing.
The curious reader can find our Rector’s weekly Lifelines notes and other information and reports detailing the administrative minutiae of the Parish in our Information Vault.
Whoever you are, wherever you are in your faith journey, you are welcome in this place.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 1884 22nd Street N.W. Rochester, MN 55901 (507)288-2469 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Office Hours Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm Office closed Fridays June – August