The Reverend Megan E. Thomas
Mother Megan has served as Priest-in-Charge of St. Luke's Episcopal Church since September 2014. She attended New Brunswick Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Reformed Church in America located in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
She graduated from General Theological Seminary in New York in 2014 and was ordained a priest by The Right Reverend William (Chip) Stokes, Bishop of New Jersey in June 2014. She served as deacon at All Saints' Church, Princeton, and for a time was the student intern and later a deacon at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton.
She lives in the Griggstown area, outside Princeton, with her husband, Tom Bodenberg. She is also an attorney-at-law in private practice in Lawrenceville.
Mother Megan is generally in the office on Wednesdays. She can be reached on her cell phone and by email.
Tel: 908-599-9902 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reverend Alexandra (Ali) Van Kuiken
Pastor Ali comes to St. Luke's from having served two other parishes, St. Matthew's, Pennington, and her home parish, Christ Church, New Brunswick. She is a full-time chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and serves as the hospital's liaison to community faith groups.
Formerly, she was chaplain at Ann Klein Forensic Center, a psychiatric hospital for those in the criminal justice system, located in West Trenton. Ali graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2013, and from The General Theological Seminary in May, 2015.
Ali was ordained a priest at St. Luke's in December 2015 by the Rt. Rev. William "Chip" Stokes, Bishop of New Jersey. Ali and her husband, Scott, moved to New Jersey from Western Michigan, and are now living at the rectory with her husband Scott and daughter Willa. Ali enjoys reading, canning and crocheting. She says, "Thank you for showing Scott and me such warm hospitality."
The Reverend Mike Panzarella
Father Mike was a seminary intern serving St. Luke's and Grace-St. Paul's Church in Mercerville, leading both congregations' youth groups, as well as preaching and assisting parish clergy. After being ordained a deacon, he continued leading youth ministries. In May 2021 Fr. Mike was ordained to the priesthood in May 2021. He and his family live near Lambertville.
Charles "Chic" Walker
Parish Musician, Chic Walker’s singing and acting career took him not only to some of the greatest orchestras and opera companies in the world (Rome, Vienna, LaScala, Houston, Seattle, the National Symphony, PBS, RAI, ORF, Wolf Trap, Ravinia, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center) but also to Broadway, U. S. regional theaters and the international theater festivals of Edinburgh, Heidelburg, Caracas, Rio de Janierio and Munich.
Since 1994, during the academic year Mr. Walker has been on the voice faculty at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. Chic was named Director of the 2008 Westminster Choir College High School Solo Vocal Artist Summer Program and since 2007 he has been the Director of the StarGazers Summer Theater Education Program for Learning Stages.
In past years, Chic has also stage directed productions of The Fantasticks, Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, Once Upon a Mattress, Godspell, Little Shop Of Horrors and Into the Woods. He is the former artistic director of the Lauda Chamber Singers.
The governance of an Episcopal congregation is shared between the Rector (or priest-in-charge) and the Vestry. The Vestry are our lay leaders. They oversee all matter pertaining to finance and property of the church. Members are elected to three year terms at the annual parish meeting. The term "Vestry" comes from England in the days when parish elections were held in the vesting room off of the church (the vestry).
Officers of Vestry include the Senior Warden, Junior Warden, and Clerk or Secretary. The Wardens are also elected by the parish. They are responsible for many administrative functions of the parish and are representatives of the parish to the Diocese. The Senior Warden (sometimes called the "Rector's Warden") provides support and counsel to the Rector and is the administrative leader of a congregation when the Rector is absent. The Junior Warden (sometimes called the "People's Warden") provides leadership in key areas of parish life, is a liaison between the congregation and its leadership, and steps in when the Senior Warden is not available. The Secretary of the Vestry is elected by the Vestry and keeps the minutes and other records of Vestry meetings. The parish also has a Treasurer, who is appointed by the Vestry.
At St. Luke's, Vestry members provide leadership and consultation in most areas of parish life. Vestry meetings are normally held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm, from September to June.