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Central Coast Episcopal Churches, St Luke's by the Sea and St Stephen's
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Clergy & Staff
St. Luke by the Sea Episcopal Church

Rev. Peter Fones
Rev. Peter Fones
Rev. Peter Fones
The BAC has announced that The Reverend Peter Fones will be our interim vicar beginning September 20, 2015.

"After closing a 28-year career in law enforcement in 2000, I embarked in earnest on a journey to ordination as an Episcopal priest. Attending the University of Oregon, I completed an undergraduate degree that I had begun as a young man, and also worked as the lay chaplain for Episcopal Campus Ministries at the university.

"Seminary came next as I attended Northwest House of Theological Studies in Salem for two years, studying with an ecumenical graduate student cohort. That was followed by another year at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific Episcopal seminary in Berkeley, with graduation in 2005. The following spring I was ordained a transitional deacon and later priest at Trinity Cathedral in Portland. It was an extraordinary culmination to several years of reflection and study, which I would be able to share with many communities.


"In 2006 the vestry at St. John the Divine Church in Springfield called me as priest in charge, and later rector. During these early years of ministry, I also assisted at St. Thomas in Eugene as an interim priest, and returned to the university campus for two years as chaplain. The people of these communities were generous and gracious in sharing their lives and ministries, and I feel honored to have called to minister in those places. I retired as rector from St. John's in June 2015.

"A native Oregonian, I grew up in Portland, and worked in graphic arts and printing after school and in college. Joining the state police in 1972, I moved to Newport for my first assignment, and later to Lincoln City. In 1988 the state transferred me to Eugene/Springfield from the central coast, and our family established deep roots in the local church community there. I had also enlisted in the US Coast Guard Reserve and served 16 years as an active reservist assigned to law enforcement duties throughout the Pacific Northwest.

"My wife, Leah, and I have four adult children and are blessed with a bunch of wonderful grandkids. Leah recently retired from a nursing career at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport. We have long considered the coast to be our other home, and we are definitely looking forward to more time here. I am excited to begin this new interim ministry with you as we all seek to follow Christ in our lives, our community and in our world."

Blessings to you all. ~ Peter†


Rev. Susan Church
Rev. Susan Church, Retired
Rev. Susan Church, Retired
The Reverend Susan Church served our communities since 1989 as the Vicar of both St. Luke's-by the Sea, Waldport, and St. Stephen's, Newport. She retired in August 2015. This is the blessing that Susan† used in her last few Sundays.

Life is short and we do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us: So be swift to love, and make haste to be kind, and may God the Divine Mystery who is beyond our ability to fully know but who made us, and who loves us, and who travels with us, bless us and keep us in peace. ~ Susan†


St. Luke's Bishop's Advisory Committee (Church Council)

Deacon Senitila McKinley
Deacon Senitila McKinley
Deacon Senitila McKinley
Jeanne St.John, Sr. Warden
Jeanne St.John, Sr. Warden
Jeanne St.John, Sr. Warden
Brian Hanna, Member
Brian Hanna, Member
Brian Hanna, Member
Dutch Fortmeyer, Jr Warden
Dutch Fortmeyer, Jr Warden
Dutch Fortmeyer, Jr Warden
Marcia Casey, Clerk
Marcia Casey, Clerk
Marcia Casey, Clerk
Ryan Miner, Treasurer
Ryan Miner, Treasurer
Ryan Miner, Treasurer
Sue Niddrie, Member
Sue Niddrie, Member
Sue Niddrie, Member
Tiffany Miner, Member
Tiffany Miner, Member
Tiffany Miner, Member
Ruth Werner, Member
Ruth Werner, Member
Ruth Werner, Member

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