2022/2023 Church Council

Dr. Daniel Quiggin, President

Mr. Josh Pitre, Vice President

Ms. Helen Davis, Secretary

Ms. Kim Donina, Treasurer

Dr. David DeRuyter, At-large Member

Ms. Lora Schaeffer, At-large Member

Pastor Matt


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The Rev. Matthew D. O'Rear  (He, Him, His) serves as the fifth pastor of St Luke Lutheran.  Before being called to St. Luke, he served as the Dean of the Chapel and Assistant to the President at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, one of the seven Seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Matt grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and studied philosophy and religious studies at Georgia State University, Atlanta, with additional work at the University of Georgia, Athens. He completed his Master of Divinity at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina, with further graduate studies at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. 

Matt served as Associate Dean at Wartburg Theological Seminary and Director of Admissions at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He has served as the liturgist and faculty for Theological Education with Youth (TEY) at The Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg and as a faculty member for Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Academy. He has provided leadership, vision, and board service for many other programs, non-profits, and events in the wider church. In addition to his working in the Seminaries of the ELCA, Matt served a call as the Theologian in Residence at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, New York City. 

 Since entering public ministry in 2008, Matt has always been committed to living out his calling by helping people discover how they can serve as "public theologians" to the world in need.

In addition to his service in and with the church, Matt enjoys a nice bourbon, liturgical theology, gardening, cooking, and The Office (but not all at the same time). He is the proud uncle to five boys and godfather/baptismal sponsor to nine children. In addition to traveling for his work in the church, he enjoys traveling for pleasure. Still, a weekend of Netflix is always welcomed at his home in Decatur, Georgia, with his Fianc√©, Mr. Jay Steffen.  

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Jonathan DeLoach

Organist/Music Director

Staff Jonathan DeLoachJonathan has been at St. Luke since August 2015. After undergraduate studies in piano, organ and music history at Florida State University, he earned a Master of Sacred Music degree in organ performance from Emory University and the Candler School of Theology. He served as a church musician to several Lutheran and United Methodist congregations in the Atlanta area before coming to St. Luke. He also performs on recorder with local period-instrument chamber ensembles and orchestras.

Michelle McConnell

Office Manager

Staff Michelle McConnellMichelle is from Washington state and has a Master of Fine Arts from Florida State University with a degree in Architectural Interior Technologies. She is the mother of one son, Tristan.

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St Luke Lutheran Church
3264 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30327, USA


(404) 237-4413


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