Our vestry is composed of 9 lay leaders and the Rector of the parish, who functions as the pastoral leader and the CEO. The Rector is charged with not only the liturgical and pastoral leadership of the parish, but also hires all staff and assisting clergy, oversees property usage and stewardship, and serves as the face and voice of the parish in the wider community. The rector each year appoints a Senior Warden (or Rector’s Warden), who functions much like a board president, and becomes the chief advisor for and advocate of the Rector. The Vestry also elects a Junior Warden (or People’s Warden) who is charged with assisting on the Executive Committee of the Vestry, and often focuses on property issues. The Treasurer and Clerk are often, though not necessarily members of the vestry, but also serve with the wardens on the Executive Committee along with the Rector. To learn more about the wider governance of the Episcopal Church, you may wish to read more on Wikipedia: The Episcopal Church.
Vestry and Officer Bios
Stephen R. Baker
Stephen R. Baker was born in Berkeley, California, a sixth-generation Californian, and a third-generation native. His father enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943, and Steve and his mother stayed with family and friends until they moved to Monrovia in March of 1945. Steve’s father was a Monrovia native, and his paternal grandmother’s family had lived in the community since 1888. Steve attended Wild Rose School, Clifton Junior High School, and Monrovia-Duarte High School. He is a graduate of Citrus College, with an AA Degree in music, and also a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, with a BA Degree in Psychology.
Steve began attending St. Luke’s in the fall of 1960 after being introduced to Morton Kelsey, who became a friend and valued mentor. He was confirmed in May of 1961 and was an active member until leaving Monrovia in 1962. A visit with Morton Kelsey in 1967 led to a return to Monrovia and St. Luke’s and an active membership now spanning fifty years. During those fifty years, Steve has sung in the choir, served on committees, been a member of the Vestry with service as junior warden and clerk, and filled the position of parish administrator. Steve recently completed his fifth year as the parish treasurer. Steve is utterly convinced that St. Luke’s is a profound place of healing, both from personal experience and from watching the lives of those around him. We do indeed heal the world one welcome at a time. Vestry service for Steve means strengthening our parish physically and financially so that we may continue to expand our role as a place of healing.
Richard Beatty was born in Pasadena, growing up in Arcadia and at All Saints Church in Pasadena. After doing his undergrad studies in engineering at Caltech, he “swam the Tiber” to the Roman church and was a seminarian, monk, cleric, and parish associate for several years. The ever-tasteful light of Anglicanism continued to shine, and he returned to the Episcopal Church. After more graduate studies and teaching at the University of Notre Dame, he lived in Washington DC, Moscow, Houston, San Diego, and finally settled (permanently!) in Pasadena, recently retiring from Caltech/JPL. He has sung in numerous parish and semi-professional choirs over the years, and was drawn to St. Luke’s by an announcement some years back seeking singers for the fall Men’s Evensong…and that, combined with the wonderful community of choir and congregation, got him hooked. He also serves as a lector and tries (sometimes vainly) to get our music to play on the Sunday Zoom liturgies.
Outside of St. Luke’s, he enjoys traveling (on hold for the pandemic), cooking, and is on the board of the Caltech Y (a student service organization) and the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance.
His favorite quote is, “When I was a seminarian, I knew all the answers. Now, 40 years later, I’m just trying to figure out what the questions are.”
Alexandra Bond was born in the Bay Area and raised in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate NY. She studied Clarinet Performance at Rice University and the University of Southern California before turning to architecture. In an unexpected development, Lexi was fortunate enough to pursue her Master in Architecture at Harvard University and then returned to Los Angeles. Her current work focuses on rail transportation projects and infrastructure. She has been active in churches for around fifteen years, and began attending St. Luke’s in February 2018. Lexi challenges the extremes of sophistication in her concurrent pursuits of ballet pointe and country line dancing.
Janet Arnold-Clark moved to Monrovia in January 2001 with her husband Darrell, and within a few weeks began attending St. Luke’s. She is a long-time choir member and served on the Vestry for 11 years, the last two as Senior Warden. Since she left the Vestry in 2017 she has served St. Luke’s as the chair of the Buildings and Ground committee. Recently she coordinated the organ and lighting renovations to the sanctuary.
Professionally, Janet is a Child Abuse Pediatrician and medical director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Pediatric Hub, a Los Angeles County DHS clinic in South Los
Angeles which provides child abuse medical evaluations for children alleged to be victims of child abuse or neglect, as well as primary pediatric care to children in the
Los Angeles foster system. She enjoys teaching medical students, residents and fellows in the clinical setting.
Janet’s takes joy in acting, singing and playing flute, and has been blessed with many roles in local theater productions. She continues to live in Monrovia with her
husband Darrell and their lovable pit bull terrier mix Adelaide.
Kathy Eisel has been an involved member of this parish community for over 30 years. "I have enjoyed worshiping and getting to know my brothers and sisters in Christ. We have a very special community and I feel very fortunate to be a part of it." Kathy is a cradle Episcopalian who was baptized in the community of St. Luke’s in 1960 by the Rev. Morton Kelsey. She married her husband Lester here in 1984. "After our wedding, the rector, Rev. Ev Simson, encouraged us to become more involved with the parish. Lester found his home in the choir and I was called to other ministries." As a member of this parish, Kathy has shared her time and talents in many different ways. In the past she has served as Senior Warden, Vestry member, Search Committee Chair, Profile Committee, Welcome Committee, Parish Delegate to Diocesan Convention, Diocesan Centennial Celebration parish rep, By-laws Committee, Office volunteer, and Outreach Coordinator. Currently, she serves as a Liturgical leader (scheduling and training), Lay Eucharistic Minister, Acolyte, Stewardship Committee, Legacy Committee, Altar Guild, and SLUGs (St. Luke’s Unorthodox Gatherings).
Kathy's work experience includes a 20-year career in retail management with Sears, Roebuck & Co, finishing as a Store Operations manager. For the past 15 years, she has worked for the State of California, first with the Compensation Insurance Fund as a workers’ compensation claims adjuster, then as a Senior Insurance Compliance Officer in the Health Claims Bureau of the Department of Insurance, investigating consumer and health care provider complaints against insurance companies. "I have been blessed in how my work has helped me share the love of Christ by word and example." As many parishioners know, Kathy is involved with Scottish activities as a certified Scottish Highland dance teacher. Her group, the Gordon Highlanders, meets on Thursday nights at St. Luke's, and trains dancers of all ages to compete in competitions and to perform in local shows. She is also currently the Vice-Chairperson for the United Scottish Society and past Chairperson of Clans of the Highlands, two local groups working to continue the traditions of Scotland.
Susan Goff was born in Pasadena, moved to Monrovia in 1951, and graduated from Monrovia (Monrovia-Duarte) High School. She began attending St. Luke’s in 1959. She and Cliff Goff were married at St. Luke’s in 1960 and have been members ever since. Their two children, Clifton, Jr., and Elizabeth were both baptized here. After retirement, Susan became a “behind the scenes” volunteer, beginning with the Library reorganization. “I rejoice in the spiritual and congregational life as a great source of solace and fun.”
Lisa Kiriakidis has been attending St. Luke’s since 2015, and she is proud to say her parents were married here in June 1951. One year after their marriage, they moved to Northern California where Lisa and her two sisters were raised. They returned to Southern California when Lisa was fifteen, and she has lived in this area ever since. She graduated from Temple City High School and USC, and raised her son and daughter in Arcadia, before moving to Monrovia in 2008.
Lisa is an attorney and a certified specialist in family law. In addition to litigation, she has a mediation practice and is collaboratively trained, trying to look for peaceful solutions in all of her cases. She enjoys being involved in the Pasadena legal community as the vice-president of the Pasadena Bar Association and the chairperson of the Family Law section. She also coordinates the Daily Settlement Officer program for the Pasadena Superior court family law departments, which offer free mediation every court day. Lisa is also the exuberantly proud grandmother of four-month-old Bodhi James Goodwin. When she is not driving to Huntington Beach to spend time with him and his mother and father, she enjoys hula and ukulele lessons, camping, reading, traveling, and taking cooking classes. She is very happy to be part of the warm and welcoming St. Luke’s community.
Christine Pregent was born in Vallejo California, the third of four children. Her father was in the military so her family moved quite a lot including stints in Japan, New Jersey, France, and bases in California. She married during her college years and has three children: one lives locally, one in Alameda, CA, and one in Scottsdale, AZ. She has four grandchildren and spends a lot of happy times visiting them. Most of her career was spent in IT, but the last many years she worked as a Psychiatric Nurse in Covina. Six years ago she moved to Monrovia to live with her mother Consuelo. Her sister, Virginia, came a bit later to help care for their mother. "We started attending the 8:00 services at St. Luke’s and were overjoyed to find such inspirational services, wonderful friends, and the many opportunities for spiritual fulfillment. St. Luke’s has really helped us to grow together but also to feel a part of such a loving community. I can't tell you how much being a part of St. Luke’s has meant to all three of us, how much you all mean to us."
Phillip Schultz was born in Illinois – in a small town called Spring Valley, which is located about 120 miles southwest of Chicago. He was raised there, the middle child in a family of seven siblings. In his senior year in high school, he relocated to southern California, planning to attend UCLA the next year. He graduated from UCLA in 1975, having already begun what turned out to be a 50+-year career performing various roles in business computer systems areas. He recently retired, having worked for the last 16 years in timekeeping- and payroll-related systems at Kaiser Permanente.Phil's immediate family includes Karen, wife of 16+ years, sons Ben and Zach, anddaughters Darla and Anjali.
Phil was baptized at St. Bede's Church in 1985. He has been a member of St. Luke's since 2013. He has served on the vestry previously and served as senior warden for two years. He also participated on various parish committees at different times. Serving on the vestry and participating in the processes of evaluating priorities, helping to assess the use of limited resources, and helping to plan St. Luke's inreach and outreach efforts within the parish and in the greater
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Lyn Walsh has been attending St. Luke's and singing in the choir since 1978. She was an Occupational Therapist for 40 years and retired in 2004. She was happily married to Jack for 33 years who died in March of 2011. Being British (with her family in England), she has considered the people of St. Luke's to be her surrogate family. This was proven beyond a doubt when everyone's love, prayers, and support helped her get through some tough medical adventures over the past few years. She is encouraged by Fr. Neil's leadership and the directions the church is taking in parish growth and involvement in the community. "The commitment to increased faith and worship continues to feel tangible." She loves to contribute to St Luke's parish and worship by being a choir member and fundraiser, a lector, and a Foothill Unity Center volunteer.