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The Reverend Derek Stefanovsky joined Saint Luke’s as Assistant Rector in July 2019, and was ordained as a priest in September 2019. He came to us after earning a Master of Divinity from Yale University. While working towards his degree, Derek served as interim chaplain at St. Thomas’s Day School, a K-6 Episcopal school in New Haven, CT, prior to that position he served as seminarian intern at the parish of St. Thomas’s, also in New Haven. As an undergraduate at Alma College (MI) he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He is married to Dr. Katherine Vaillancourt, a resident in the Family Medicine program at Stamford Hospital, and together they live on Saint Luke’s campus with their cats, Mia and Tia.
As Assistant Rector, Derek’s responsibilities include leadership for the parish school (where he serves as clergy liaison, sits on the Management Board, and serves as chaplain), as well as supporting our Children’s Ministries director and program, and Youth Ministry director and program. Additionally, Derek enjoys providing pastoral care, liturgical leadership, preaching, and teaching to all members of our community.
Ryan Fleenor became the XIII Rector of Saint Luke’s Parish in July 2020.
Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Ryan comes to Saint Luke’s after ten years as a priest at St. James’ Church, Madison Avenue, in New York City. He studied history at the University of Virginia, taught English literature at a Roman Catholic high school in New Orleans, and prepared for the priesthood at Yale Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
Ryan is married to Daniel Noble, former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York and now a lawyer for the House Intelligence Committee in Washington. Ryan and Dan met in graduate school and were married in 2012. They both love history, travel, music, and staying active.
As Rector (senior pastor and chief of staff), Ryan gets to be involved in nearly every aspect of life at Saint Luke’s, from preaching, teaching, pastoral care and leadership development, to budgets, administration and financial stewardship. He is particularly passionate about worship, music, and Christian formation for all ages, as well as helping people discover, nurture, and use their spiritual gifts to love and serve others. As Rector, his focus is on creating a culture in which people of all ages can grow in faith and be equipped as disciples who will know, love, and follow Jesus.
(Rev. Dr.) Donald Thompson is a retired university professor/administrator who taught theology, ethics and religious studies in higher education in Canada. He holds graduate degrees from Harvard and Mc Gill universities. Throughout his career in higher education he has always maintained active involvement in parish ministry, particularly in education and social responsibility.
He and his wife Susan live in Norwalk, where both have been involved in Norwalk Community College. Don has been teaching ethics courses exploring human good, sustainability, awareness and choices in their Lifetime Learners program. He is active in the St. Luke’s seniors thinking group. He assists in the worship life at St. Luke’s when called upon.
The Rev. Susan Wyper joined the Saint Luke’s clergy staff as Associate Rector in September, after nine years at St. Matthew’s in Bedford, NY. While serving “across the border,” Susan and her family continued to consider Saint Luke’s their parish home and she is happy to return to the church that raised her family and supported her call to ministry.
Susan holds degrees from Yale University, Middlebury College and Berkeley Divinity School. She and her husband George have lived in Darien since 1987 and been actively involved in the church and wider community. They have three sons, James, Robby & Silas.
Dawn Stegelmann has been an Associate Rector at Saint Luke’s since 2015. Serving in a part-time capacity, Dawn leads small groups throughout the year and supports a variety of outreach initiatives and ministries. She loves pastoral care work in all life stages and participating in the worship cycle of the church year. Dawn also is an adjunct professor at General Theological Seminary in New York City where she teaches creative spiritual practices and supervision courses through the Center for Christian Spirituality. Ordained in 2008, Dawn was the Associate Rector of Trinity, Southport for seven years.
Dawn first moved to Darien and joined Saint Luke’s as a parishioner in 1990 with her young and growing family. She was active in many ministries and served on the Vestry and as a Junior Warden before being called to the priesthood. She received her Master of Divinity from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and a Master in Sacred Theology from General Theological Seminary. Dawn is interested in the crossroads of spirituality, neuroscience and psychology. She has three boys who still consider Saint Luke’s their spiritual home.
The Rev. Daniel Lennox is the Associate Rector for Spiritual Formation. Danny and his wife, Abigail (who sings in the choir), their two children, Grete and Des arrived at Saint Luke’s in June, 2015. Danny oversees the spiritual formation of the parish, including working with children, youth and adults in their faith journey. In addition, Danny assists the rector with pastoral care, worship, preaching, and tasks related to parish-building. He holds degrees from McGill, Yale and Boston University, and he has served Episcopal churches in Alexandria, Bedford and Hoboken.
David Anderson began his ministry at Saint Luke’s, coming here fresh out of seminary in 1989 as Associate Rector. In 1992 he left to lead a church in Pennsylvania and returned to Saint Luke’s eleven years later, in 2003, to become Rector. David’s ministry includes leading the clergy, staff and Vestry in pursuing our vision—Grow personally in faith; Build an accepting community; and Work alongside our neighbors to serve the world. He loves preaching, teaching and writing, helping people to connect with their inner, spiritual lives in a busy, distracting world. He is the author of “Breakfast Epiphanies” (Beacon Press, 2002), writes a regular column for “The Good News,” the newspaper for the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, and is working on a book on faith after midlife. David is married to Pam, a cookbook author and food blogger who offers a lot of hospitality to the Saint Luke’s family. They have two daughters: Maggy, who lives with her husband Andy in Manhattan; and Sharon, who is a student at Yale Divinity School. And two cats.