The Reverend Pierre-Henry Buisson
Born and raised in a France, Father Pierre-Henry was ordained a Roman Catholic priest by his bishop Jacques David, in the St Pierre Cathedral of Saintes, on April 29, 1990. Before he was ordained he served six years in the French Army, as a sergeant, and attended the Seminaries of Poitiers, and Bordeaux. After his ordination, Father Pierre-Henry was sent to the parish of Mirambeau, France, as associate rector. He knew the parish very well since it was his Field Ed. parish for 3 years, he was especially in charge of youth and children ministries. After serving the parish of St Genis de Saintonge, in the same area, he became the Rector of Archiac. On September of 1996 he resigned his position of rector and asked Sophie for her hand in marriage.
He became an employee of an energy company, Gaz de Bordeaux, where he served in various positions, from working to the mail office, to being a customer agent, and a purchasing agent. He could not hide his past, and even if he did not belong to any church at that time, he was a kind of ‘bi-vocational’ priest to whom people could confide and ask questions.
He discovered the Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Communion in April 2000 after the birth of his second child, Pauline. In 2001 he was received in the Episcopal Church by Bishop Jeffrey Rowthorn, and started with his wife the French Speaking Mission Saint Martin, in Bordeaux.
In January 2003, he was received as a priest by Bishop Pierre Whalon, and in March 2003, when his 3rd child Clement was baptized, he officially became the Priest-in-Charge of the Mission St Martin.
In 2008 Pierre-Henry, Sophie, Raphael, Pauline and Clement moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Pierre-Henry studied at Virginia and received his Master of Theological Studies in May 2010. After graduation, Pierre-Henry accepted the call to be the Assistant Rector of St Martin’s in the Field, in Severna Park, MD. He was also the Chaplain of St Martin’s Episcopal School where he had the joy to teach and celebrate weekly chapel services.
The Assisting Priests are a group of retired and experienced priests who bless St. Luke’s by sharing generously their time and talents. All of them assist with leading worship, occasionally preach, and offer significant pastoral ministries according to their passions.
The Rev. Jack Wolter
Among many things, Father Jack teaches our Inquirers’ Class twice a year, and works closely with the membership commission, using his administrative skills to maintain an accurate membership database.
The Rev. Bob Wills
Father Bob Wills, M. Div., MSW has worked professionally in parish positions since his ordination to the priesthood in 1968. In 1972 he graduated with an MSW from Wayne State University, Detroit, and worked for 20 years in a research and training mental health hospital in Detroit. He became an adjunct professor of clinical studies in both the School of Social Work and the Medical School at Wayne State. In 1992 he established a private clinical practice specializing in marriage and family therapy. He retired from his professional practices in 2007 and moved to Prescott. At St. Luke’s he volunteers (no fee) as a counselor and therapist for people with problems related to management of life and relationship issues. He also conducts a popular discussion group; open to anyone, in progressive Christian studies, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday evenings. Father Bob is known as a knowledgeable and effective teacher and discussion leader.
The Rev. Richard Lassiter
Father Richard serves as the chair and facilitator of St Luke’s Men’s Group, and celebrates the Eucharist on a monthly basis at a Retirement Home.
Deacons belong to one of three historic orders of ordained ministry—Bishops, Priests, and Deacons. In the Diocese of Arizona, Deacons serve in a parish setting by mutual agreement of the Bishop, the Rector, and the Deacon. All of them assist with leading worship, occasionally preach, and offer significant pastoral ministry. In addition, each is required to have a ministry that helps to make connections between the members of the parish and the community in which we live. The Deacons serve without financial compensation.
The Rev. Kimball Arnold
Deacon Kimball attended Northern Arizona University. She has served a number of volunteer organizations in various capacities. She responded to God’s call to become a Deacon when she was at St Luke’s, and was ordained in 2000. She is certified by the American Academy of Bereavement. Deacon Kimball is the clergy liaison for Outreach.
The Rev. Chris Christy
Deacon Chris came to St. Luke’s in 2006 and became ordained in 2016. A Nurse, for over 40 years, her greatest love has been in the people she has met and been able to help along the way. As a parishioner at St. Luke’s she has served on the Vestry, Daughters of the King, Blood Drive Coordinator, Cursillo Team Leader and Spiritual Team member, Don’t Eat Christmas Alone Dinner, and Board Member for the Arizona Sewing Works. Her service within the community has been full of many opportunities such as Health Fair Educator, Medical Corp Responder, CPR Instructor, and People Who Care. Her love and focus is in meeting and listening to people. Helping people through their troubled moments and watching them grow in Christ is a true blessing. She has currently been assigned as Clergy Oversight for Pastoral Care where she is intently working to bring the church to the homebound and those living on the fringes in our society.
The Rev. Keehna Sture
Because Keehna’s world operates on kairos time, her life has not been measured in years, but rather in her response to the question God poses to each of us—a question so beautifully articulated in one of Mary Oliver’s poems: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Keehna has spent hers in service to others, not just in one profession, but in several, each of which contained seeds of the one that would follow: social worker, nurse, nun, missionary, social justice advocate, prison counselor, companion to the dying, and supporter of the grieving.
The second oldest of ten children, Keehna was raised in an Air Force family. Her father was an oral surgeon, and her mother was a miracle worker who, besides “keeping the home fires burning” every day, would oversee the practical aspects of moving 12 people, every three years or so, from one State, or country, to another. Through her family’s travels, Keehna learned that home is everywhere, and that the world is inhabited not by strangers, but by friends we just haven’t met yet. The “travel bug”vhitched a ride into her adulthood—and, by now, the places she’d still like to see are far
outnumbered by the places she’s already been.
Intending to retire, or at least slow down, Keehna moved to Arizona in 2016, but it wasn’t long before she discovered that God had other plans for her. Sensing a call to Holy Orders, she spent the following year in discernment—a formal process which helps the Church to determine if it, too, hears the call that the aspiring deacon is hearing. Receiving that affirmation from the Commission on Ministry in 2018, she and her classmates began a two-year formation program of academic studies, ongoing discernment, retreats, pastoral care training, liturgy practicums, and a six-month
internship, which, for Keehna, was served at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Clarkdale.
In May, 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she and one of her classmates were ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Jennifer Reddall, in a liturgy that conformed to Phase I CDC guidelines: everyone work masks; social distancing was observed; and there were just ten people present. The experience was stark yet sacred—and a reminder that, even in the worst of times, God’s work goes on.
As the pandemic continues to reshape so many dimensions of Church life and the living out of our baptismal vows “to seek and serve Christ in all persons,” and “to strive for justice and peace among all people,” it’s not surprising that “flexibility” is the most common word in Keehna’s vocabulary right now. Her ministry as a chaplain at the Arizona Pioneers’ Home is on hold due to the “no visitors” policy currently in place at all care facilities across the State, so she is helping out with Sunday online worship services, pastoral care, and discovering new ways, from home, to be Christ’s hands, and feet, and heart, in our wounded world.