Staff Directory

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    Lead Pastor

    Pastor Danny was called to St. Luke Lutheran Church in 2014. Prior to his call to St. Luke, he and his wife, Pastor Maria, were co-pastors at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baltimore, MD.  

    Pastor Danny worked for the U.S. government, and when the offer of an early retirement was made, he took it to fulfill a life- long desire to serve as a pastor in ordained ministry.

    Pastor Danny has two grown children who have children of their own. In his spare time, Pr. Danny enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, music (he continues to play piano and trumpet), reading, working on genealogy, playing golf and watching football, baseball and basketball.

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  • Sarah BarNes

    Associate Pastor

    Pastor Sarah was called to St. Luke in 2016. Pr. Sarah facilitates Lifelong Learning ministry and communications. She believes that faith formation and transformation occur at all ages and that it's especially important to equip young people for a life of growing and wrestling with faith.

    Pastor Sarah earned her Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 2014 and a Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in 2016.

    Pastor Sarah, her husband, Burton, and their daughter, Madeline, enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking together, and exploring New England with day trips to small towns and historical places.

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  • Kathleen BartKowski

    Administrative Assistant & Organist/ Accompaniest

    Kathleen holds a Master of Music in Piano Accompanying from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Connecticut.  She is the accompanist for the University Chorale at Central Connecticut State University and the Vernon Chorale and is  frequently invited to accompany choral festivals, musicals, and other school ensembles.  

    For over twenty years, Kathleen has served churches throughout New England as organist and choir director. At this time, she is the Organist and Celebrate Accompanist for St. Luke Lutheran Church in Gales Ferry, Connecticut. She currently serves as a Member-at-Large on the Connecticut ACDA Executive and the New London American Guild of Organists Boards. Her professional achievements are recognized in Who’s Who in America.

    In July of 2016 Kathleen expanded her role at St. Luke by becoming our Administrative Assistant.

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  • Gina Williams

    Director of Music

    Gina Marie Williams is the Director of St. Luke's extensive music program. She studied Music Education at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and the University of Rhode Island. She is an accomplished flutist who also performs on clarinet, oboe, bassoon and saxophone. She is founder of the Ledyard Community Band and the Thames River Big Band and is a founding member of Celebrate! our contemporary praise band.

    Over the past fifteen years, Gina has prepared numerous instrumental arrangements for our Senior Choir including arrangements for handbells.  "All tolled," we have about 58 ringers and 45 singers who work with Gina to praise God through music.

    Gina lives in Ledyard and has four grown children.

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  • Suzanne Wingrove


    Suzanne has over 20 years of experience with bookkeeping and accounting, including over 15 years operating her own business. Suzanne, who is also an award-winning playwright, lives with her husband in Gales Ferry, where they raised their two children.

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