a decade on active duty, he continued to serve the United States
Navy in a civilian capacity for an additional eleven years. His
final assignment was as the Over the Horizon Targeting (OTHT) and
Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence
(C4I) officer at the headquarters of the Commander in Chief, US
Atlantic Fleet (CINCLANTFLT), Norfolk, Virginia. He is a certified
SPAWAR OTHT engineer and was the Space and Naval Warfare Systems
Command (SPAWAR) Fleet Representative to CINCLANTFLT.
Luke additionally holds a degree with honors in theology from Saint
Leo College, and a certificate in Orthodox Studies.
October 19, 1976 Father Luke was ordained a deacon by His
Excellency Metropolitan Silas of New Jersey at Saint Nicholas
Greek Orthodox Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He also
received his ordination to the holy priesthood from His Excellency
Metropolitan Silas of New Jersey at Saint Nicholas Church in
Virginia Beach on May 29, 1990.
first assignment in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese was as
assistant to the pastor at Saint Nicholas Church in Virginia
September of 1993 Father Luke was assigned as the first Chancellor
of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Denver; in 2002 the Diocese
became the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver. On January 6, 1994
Father Luke was raised to the office of Oikonomos by Bishop Isaiah
of Denver at Saints Peter and Paul parish in Boulder, Colorado. On
November 1, 1998 he was raised to the office of Protoprésbyter by
Bishop Isaiah of Denver at at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Cathedral in Denver, Colorado.
Luke also served as parochial administrator of Saint John the
Baptist parish in Pueblo, Colorado, and of Saints Peter and Paul
parish in Boulder, Colorado. In addition, he was the founding
pastor of Archangel Michael parish in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
addition to his responsibilities as Chancellor, Father Luke was
appointed to the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the
Endorsing Agent for priests seeking to serve as Chaplains in the
United States Armed Forces and in the Veterans Administration.
serving as chancellor of the of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of
Denver, Father Luke served Saint Nicholas parish in Grand
Junction, Colorado as parochial administrator for over twenty
years, from 1995 to 2015.
November 1, 2015 he retired as Chancellor and accepted assignment
as the full-time pastor of Saint Nicholas parish in Grand
Luke is married to Presvytera Ruth (neé Mehan), also of Dallas,
Texas. They are the parents of four sons, all of whom earned the
rank of Eagle Scout and each of whom have each served in the
United States Navy or in the United States Marine Corps. Father
Luke and Presvytera also have two daughters in law and three
Présbyter is an ordained, non-monastic priest. A priest of the
rank of Présbyter wears the
Sakellários is an honorific title given to a non-monastic priest
by a hierarch for years of dedicated service to the Church. A
priest of the rank of Sakellários is given the privilege of
The term, Sakellários, derives from the Greek σακελλάριος, and
historically indicated a priest responsible for sacred vessels, in
other words, a sacristan.
Oikonomos or Ekonomos
Oikonomos is an honorific title given to a non-monastic priest by
a hierarch for years of faithful and accomplished service to the
Church. A priest of the rank of Oikonomos is given the privilege
of wearing the
The term, Oikonomos, derives from the Greek οἰκονόμος, and
historically indicated a priest responsible for church finances.
Protoprésbyter is an honorific title given to a non-monastic
priest by a hierarch to a priest for years of exceptional service
to, and leadership in, the Church. A priest of the rank of
Protoprésbyter is also given the privilege of wearing a
The term, Protoprésbyter, derives from the Greek “πρώτος” meaning
“first,” and “πρεσβύτερος,” meaning “priest.” A priest elevated to
the rank of Protoprésbyter will be styled the “Very Reverend
Father [name].” The ecclesiastical rank of Protoprésbyter can
roughly be equated to a Roman Catholic rank of a “married
Pnevmatikós (Spiritual Father)
some places, “Pnevmatikós” is the designation for a priest with
the blessing to hear confession. As such, it is usually considered
as is a rank, replacing Sakellários. In other places, a blessing
is simply given to a Priest Presbyter (Priest) to be a
Pnevmatikós, but without any relationship to rank. A priest of the
rank of Pnevmatikós is given the privilege of wearing the
just as a Sakellários.
Hieromonk is a monastic (monk) who has been ordained as a Priest.
A Hieromonk wears an
Hieromonk may be given a blessing to hear confession. Typically
not all Hieromonks do so, as this blessing is usually reserved for
the Abbot of a monastery. A monastic Pnevmatikós also wears the
Archimandrite is an honorific title given to a monastic priest, a
Hieromonk, by a hierarch to a priest for years of exceptional
service to, and leadership in, monastic life. A priest of the rank
of Archimandrite is also given the privilege of wearing a
The term, Archimandrite, historically indicated a Hieromonk that
had charge over a large, important monastery. A Hieromonk elevated
to the rank of Archimandrite will be styled the “Very Reverend
Archimandrite [name].” The ecclesiastical rank of Protoprésbyter
is equated to a Roman Catholic rank of Monsignor.
Presvytéra (or Presbytéra)
is the wife of a priest. In the Russian tradition a priest’s wife
is called Mátushka (“little mother”) and the priest is often
affectionately called “batushka” (“little father”).