The Rev. Robert Odom
St. Luke’s Rector is The Rev. Robert Odom, who began serving at St. Luke’s in September 2008. Most recently Fr. Odom served on the staff of St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as Associate Rector. While in Baton Rouge he served as the director of the St. James Center for Spiritual Formation, coordinated the adult education programs, led the adult mission trips to Mexico, and provided pastoral leadership for the Associate Vestry. He was also instrumental in many ministries surrounding hurricane relief efforts.
Fr. Odom earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University in 1990, and continues to be a proud Tiger alumnus. Subsequently he worked at Pyburn & Odom, Inc. as an environmental scientist. After discerning a vocation to the priesthood at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge, Fr. Odom entered Nashotah House seminary in 1998. Having earned a Master of Divinity degree, he graduated in May 2001. While at Nashotah he was selected to serve on the student/faculty Pastoral Referral Team and was elected by the student body to serve as Student Representative to the Board of Trustees. He was also a Choral Scholar. Fr. Odom was ordained a priest by Bishop Charles Jenkins in September 2001 and served as a curate at Christ Church in Covington, Louisiana until the call to St. James in 2004.
He married Southern Methodist University graduate Mary Tannehill of Baton Rouge in 1995. They have two young children, George and Suzette. Robert enjoys family time, exercise, tennis, singing, and reading.