A Message from Rev. Ryan Fleenor

Dear People of Saint Luke’s,

I am honored and thrilled to accept your Vestry’s call to serve as your next rector. I can’t wait to meet each of you and begin our ministry together in Christ’s name. 

For the past ten years, I have served at St. James’ Church, Madison Avenue, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. But before that, my husband Dan and I were both graduate students in New Haven—it’s actually where we met, in church of all places!—and we couldn’t be happier to be returning to Connecticut and making our home among you.

As I have come to know Saint Luke’s better over these past several months, I have been struck by the warmth of your welcome and the joy you find in your life together, your commitment to Christian formation of all ages, and your insistence that faith be lived and make a difference, both in our own lives and in the life of the world. You are clearly people of prayer who long to know Jesus; you are also people of action who want to walk in his ways and share his love with a world that longs for it. What a privilege to share in this next season in ministry together, listening for where the Holy Spirit is calling us next.

There will be many opportunities to become better acquainted once Dan and I arrive this summer and we are very much looking forward to that. But in the meantime, as I prepare to say goodbye to the wonderful people of St. James’, and as we all prepare for Holy Week and Easter in these anxious and uncertain times of the Covid-19 pandemic, I hope you will keep me in your prayers as I keep you in mine. Christ is the solid rock upon which we stand. It is his life we share, his love we pass on, his strength we rely on, and his church we seek to build. 

May God bless you, and I can’t wait to be with you in July!