2015 - Present
In August of 2004, the Rev. Susan K. Crawford began her tenure as interim rector of Saint Luke’s. Mother Susan was instrumental in the rebuilding of Saint Luke's, both spiritually as well as physically. Under her direction and through hard work from many parishioners, Saint Luke's began its hard work of recovery.
Finally, in September 2006, the new building was dedicated. Under the capable hand of Carter Hord of Hord Architects of Memphis, this historic building was both re-envisioned and restored. The building was reconstructed from the foundation using materials from the original building. Hord architects re-used much of the original brick from the church while replacing un-reinforced masonry with stronger materials.
"That architect lived up to expectations because it was generally agreed that he did an exquisite job of restoring the church, especially the interior," said Jude LeBlanc, an assistant professor of architecture at Georgia Tech University and principal with LeBlanc Crooks Architects. "The overall quality and authenticity of the reconstruction was such that it was a unique contribution to the state, in the sense that it was a pre-Civil War church that was brought back." The Memphis chapter of the American Institute of Architects awarded Hord Architects a merit award for architectural design in 2007.
In September, of 2006, Saint Luke's brand new nave (worship space) was dedicated. After the trauma of the tornado in 2003, it was a welcomed day.
Shortly thereafter, in November of 2006, the Reverend Sean Ferrell was called to be the thirtieth rector of Saint Luke's.
During Fr. Sean's tenure, Saint Luke's grew in numbers and in participation of families with children, and Saint Luke's returned to a place of steady financial footing. Additionally, two endowments (outreach, and general) were put into place, and long deferred maintenance on the building was addressed. A parish wide paper recycling program was implemented to help us become better stewards of God's creation, and parish communications were brought into the 21st century through use of the Internet, technology, and social media.
2015 - 2019
On Sunday, June 21st, 2015, the Reverend Gayle McCarty ascended to the pulpit at St. Luke's for her inaugural sermon as the new Priest-in-Charge.
Gayle's appointment and arrival marks an exciting new beginning in the life of the parish.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Jackson, Tennessee, will continue to build on its long historical tradition and its deeply held faith to continue to grow in stature and favor within the community and in the eyes of God.
Saint Luke's has become an enthusiastic, welcoming, parish that is seeking to follow the Risen Christ.