Clergy & Leadership
The Rev. Sara Cosca-Warfield
I've been at St. Luke's since March 2019. It's been a wild and sometimes challenging few years, and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
My career path has been a winding one. Prior to coming to St. Luke’s, I served as a street chaplain to people who are unhoused in the Tenderloin and Mission neighborhoods of San Francisco. I also worked for several years in fundraising and communications for an organization that provides shelter, housing, and services to unhoused folks in Connecticut. Most recently, I managed communications at a large Presbyterian church.
I grew up in Casper, Wyoming, where most of my family still lives, and I spent many years in New Haven, a city I adore. I hold a B.A. in Journalism and Creative Writing from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut as well as an M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. I was ordained at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco in 2017.
I love to read (particularly science fiction and fantasy epics), write, and run. I’m also a geek for public transportation and far prefer MAX or bus to a car.
Our Music Director
I’ve been noodling around on the piano at St. Luke’s for over 10 years. I was raised in another faith tradition but felt drawn to the liturgical church. I am captivated by the rituals, the sacraments, the grounding rhythms of the liturgy. Jack and Judy Bevilacqua, who’ve been my friends for over half my life, began inviting me and I accepted their invitation one evening when a pianist was needed for a rehearsal. I’ve been sitting behind the piano ever since.
The traits I most value in our music are invitation and accessibility. Each song is an invitation to express ourselves with abandon to God through our voices, our instruments. We want the music to be accessible, for some of the words and melodies to take up residence in our hearts and keep us good company as we live outside the red doors.
I’m employed as a senior medical underwriter, doing lots of mentoring, which I enjoy. I’m trained as a Spiritual Director in the Franciscan tradition. I geek out on OPB shows and jigsaw puzzles, putter in the garden, write contemplative songs, laugh a lot and use power tools improperly. I share my life with my beloved partner Amy Paynter.
Our Senior Warden
I came to St. Luke’s during Advent, 2018. From the first Sunday, I knew I had found my church home. Rev. Sara married me and my wife Gale in February, 2020. Thankfully, St. Luke’s also feels like home to Gale. It’s here we feel we can grow thoughtfully into who God is calling each of us to be.
I have three daughters, three grandkids, several grand-goats, and two grand-sheep. As for my career, I was a K-8 school librarian for several years before realizing I really wanted my own classroom community. I then taught elementary school in the Reynolds district for many years. I was passionate about teaching and learned more than I ever taught.
My hobbies include training our standard poodle, Howie; reading endlessly (genres of choice include narrative non-fiction, historical fiction, and titles about Christian and Celtic spirituality). I’m currently trying to get a feel for abstract painting, but mostly I just make a mess. Gale and I also enjoy hiking, camping, and cooking together.
I joined the Vestry a year ago, and took over as interim Senior Warden when our well-loved Deborah Dobrenen moved away a few months ago. I truly enjoy getting to know this church family from a different perspective. St. Luke’s is indeed blessed to be led with both vision and practicality. I am honored to be a part of it.