Our Staff


Parish Administrator: Beth Parknowitz


  • Has been with St. Luke’s since 2007.
  • Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Beth, her husband, Chuck and their daughters, Emma & Kasey, currently live in Prescott Valley.


Administrative Assistant: Lauree Birchmeier


  • Had a long career working with children and youth ministry in Michigan.
  • Joined the staff of St. Luke’s in May 2019
  • Has a passion for helping others


Children’s Ministry & Youth Director : Sophie Buisson


  • A native of France
  • Sophie & Pierre-Henry first came to the United States in 2008
  • They have three children: Raphael, Pauline, and Clement
  • Sophie has done work as a French and Resource teacher and was a volunteer in her previous churches for 20 years.
  • She is passionate about teaching kids and learning from them, watching and helping them grow in their faith.


Bookkeeper: Helen Henderson


  • Born in Burbank, California
  • Spent most of her career as an accountant in the travel industry, and managing her own bookkeeping business
  • Currently lives in Chino Valley with her sister, Barbara, and dogs, Oscar and Tana
  • Loves pickle ball, Tai Chi, golf, cooking, and watercolor
  • A bookkeeper for St. Luke’s since November, 2016

Organist: Kay Houser


  • Born in Wisconsin and raised in Mankato, Minnesota
  • Retired OB/GYN physician with a Bachelors in business and molecular biology
  • Mother of one daughter, two sons, three grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
  • Started piano lessons at age five and has enjoyed her music all of her life.
  • Organist at Christ Lutheran Church  at age 16 until graduation from high school and has substituted upon occasion throughout her lifetime.
  • Soprano section leader, singer and Secretary on the Board of directors of the Prescott Chorale
  • Retired to Prescott in 2011 with husband, Dennis Houser where they share their love of music together

Music Director: Dennis Houser


  • Teacher, Singer, Conductor
  • Conducted in Mazatalan, Quitereo, Guadalajara and Mexico City, & China
  • Conducted the Orange County Master Chorale
  • Conducted the Master Chorale of Yavapai College & Womansong
  • Current Conductor of the Prescott Chorale.

Sexton: Alfonso Hernandez


  • worked in management for several healthcare organizations throughout career most recently at our local Yavapai Regional Medical Center campuses for 28 years
  • has been married to his wife Lorraine for 38 years; they have three sons and a beautiful granddaughter
  • Enjoys spending time with family as well as outdoors camping and traveling annually