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 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. Bonnie Cain, Retired Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She joins St Luke’s a couple of years ago and has accepted to share her gifts for ministry with St Luke’s family. Bonnie is the Clergy Liaison for the Christian Formation Commission. She is also part of the Pastoral Care Team.
The Rev. Richard Lassiter. Fr Richard helps when needed, and in addition to his priestly gifts he is very active with the Building and Grounds commission helping St Luke’s with his electrical knowledge and passion
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. Jim Schubert
The Rev. Jim Schubert is a retired pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He was ordained in 1990 and has served in parishes in Wisconsin, Arizona, and Kansas as well as a call to Scottsdale AZ Crisis Intervention team.
His background includes work in field of mental health, hospice, ER chaplain, parish ministry, police community crisis intervention, and OSL healing prayer ministry.
He holds a Masters Degree in English Literature from ASU and Masters of Divinity from Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, IA.
The Rev. Susan Schubert
The Rev. Susan Schubert was ordained in 1990 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She retired in 2015 after serving congregations in Wisconsin, Arizona and Kansas. Susan received a M.S.W. from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ in 1981 and a M.Div. from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. She is further certified an Intentional Interim Pastor.
Her background includes teaching school, training and working as a Mental Health Specialist at Chicago Read Mental Health Center, Phoenix South Mental Health Center and Maricopa County Hospital’s Psychiatric E.R., and at Mesa Lutheran Hospital as a psychiatric and medical social worker.
She designed and founded a Child Abuse Prevention Program in five cities in the Phoenix East Valley area, and served in a private counseling practice with locations in four cities. Her experience has included work in inpatient and outpatient settings both as a clinician and an administrator.
Besides serving in existing congregations, she planted two Mission Churches, one in Wisconsin and one in Arizona. She is presently serving as the Arizona Director of the Order of St. Luke Healing Communities, an International and InterDenominational Organization for healing prayer. She and her husband serve as Chaplains to the OSL Communities in Scottsdale and at St. Luke’s in Prescott.