I am excited to be the pastor of St. Luke’s UMC. I am a lifelong Methodist, having grown up in Scenic Hills UMC, Memphis, Tn. I am a graduate of Briarcrest Christian High School, University of Memphis, and Memphis Theological Seminary. Jenny, my wife is a graduate of Bartlett High School, Middle Tennessee State University, and Harding Graduate School. She is an elementary school teacher with the Bartlett Municipal School System. We have two sons: Ross (age10), and Stone (age 8).
My family and I have served the following churches in the Memphis Conference: Oakland/Palma Charge in Marshall County, Kentucky; Grand Junction/Lagrange/ Holmes Memorial Charge in Hardeman County, Tennessee; Macedonia/Bolton Charge in northeastern Shelby County; and Ellendale UMC in Bartlett, Tennessee. Before entering the ministry I was a teacher with the Shelby County School System.
My family and I enjoy University of Memphis Athletics, hiking, camping, and traveling. I also enjoy coaching my sons in various sports, and Jenny enjoys working with our sons in Boy Scouts.
One of my favorite verses of Scripture is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). I truly look forward to working with you in ministry as we strive to grow God’s kingdom here on this earth.
Beth Ryan- Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Beth is a life-long member of St. Luke’s leaving only while away at Mississippi State earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Forestry. She began working with Youth and Young Adults at St. Luke’s in 1999. She and her husband Adam are proud to call Memphis home along with their son Nathan. When away from the church, Beth enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors!
Megan Warren- Director of Community Connections and Children’s Ministries
Megan feels called to church work with previous experience in church administration and youth ministry. Her time with youth led her into children’s ministry recognizing that faith formation is part of an ongoing process that begins at a very early age and is continually nurtured. She loves collaborating with others in creative and connectional ways to develop and sustain a firm Christian foundation in our children. Megan is married to Jake and they have to 2 pups: Bogie and Hattie.
S.C. Toe has been an organist/music director most of his life. He studied music education, piano pedagogy, orchestral conducting, and was student conductor of choral actives at university. He’s served many orchestras on conducting staff and appeared with professional and student orchestras alike both nationally and internationally. Recently he was appointed conductor of the Memphis Youth Symphony.
David R. Day Sr.- Director of Recreation Ministries
David, otherwise know as “Coach Day” as been the Director of CLC/Recreation ministries since 2001. He and his wife Renee attended the University of Mississippi. They have two grown children David II ,Hunter and a granddaughter Leala- Ann. Coach Day also leads the Young at Heart Senior Ministry. When he is not involved with church activities, Coach plays softball, pickle-ball and enjoys spending time with his pets.