About St. Luke’s, its Clergy, Staff and Vestry
In 2020, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church celebrated its 70th anniversary. Its history is one of early struggles, determined growth, influence and vigor. Today St. Luke’s is driven by new energy and rejuvenation. At its heart is a core of dedicated faithful Christians devoted to the service of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
St. Luke’s is located in a thriving North Dallas community, surrounded by retail shopping and restaurants. It is home to the Park Cities Day School, providing preschool, daycare, and infant care. It is also home to Boy Scout Troop 577, one of the most active in Dallas. The St. Mark’s School of Texas, one of the state’s highest ranked boys’ college preparatory schools, is within walking distance.
St. Luke’s has embarked upon a dynamic growth program focusing on worship, outreach ministries, expanded music programs, and engaging Bible Study and Christian education to strengthen the faith of perishioners at every stage of life.
This is an exciting time in the life of St. Luke’s, and you and your family are heartily invited to be a part of it.
The Episcopal Church
St. Luke’s is a part of The Episcopal Church in the United States and the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. The Episcopal Church in the United States (episcopalchurch.org/what-we-believe) was formally organized in Philadelphia in 1789 as the successor to the Church of England in the American colonies. With approximately 1.9 million members, the Episcopal Church is a part of the worldwide Anglican Communion which represents more than 85 million people in more than 165 countries.
The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas (edod.org) comprises 77 congregations, 23 schools, and 48 commissions, agencies, and institutions in northeastern Texas.
The Rev. E. Clifton (Clif) Gardner
The Rev. E. Clifton (Clif) Gardner comes to St. Luke’s after thirty-five years in in the ordained ministry. Fr. Clif served for more than 15 years as Rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Dallas. Additionally he has been active in mission work to Uganda and chaired the Diocesan Commission on Ministry. Since his retirement from St. James in 2017, he has served as Chaplain and taught at Good Shepherd Episcopal School. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and received his Master of Divinity from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. He served in the Diocese of South Carolina where he headed disaster relief following Hurricane Hugo. Before moving to Dallas, he served as Rector of Good Shepherd Episcopal in San Angelo where he led a strong missionary ministry in Northern Mexico and served as national vice president of the National Episcopal Cursillo Committee.
The Venerable Rosemary R. Trei - Archdeacon
Rosemary has served at St. Luke’s since 2009, coordinating outreach activities, visiting and praying with people in need, and leading Bible studies. Rosemary explains, "the joy of my calling is helping people see and serve Christ in those around them."
Additionally, Rosemary serves as the Archdeacon for the Diocese of Dallas, helping to coordinate efforts of dozens of deacons at over 70 churches in the diocese.
Rosemary grew up in California and graduated from Holy Names University in Oakland. She taught high school chemistry for 20 years in California and Dallas. After retiring from teaching, she studied at the Anglican School of Theology and at the Stanton Center for Ministry Formation in Dallas. She was ordained in 2009.
Rosemary and her husband, Charlie, have three children – Kelley, Tracy, and Keith – and nine grandchildren. Charlie sings in the St. Luke’s choir and is a member of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.
Facilities Assistant – Eusebio Gutierrez
Pat Keane, Chancellor
Stan Kirsten, Treasurer
Nancy Moore, Clerk
The Rev. Canon Dr. Neal Michell
Diocesan Convention Delegates
Mary Francis Heep