Clergy & Leadership
The Rev. Sara Cosca-Warfield
I've only been at St. Luke's for a few months, but it already feels like home. I love getting to know the people in this community, to be present with their joys and struggles, and to worship with them every Sunday.
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 New Haven, Connecticut. Most recently, I managed communications at a large Presbyterian church.
My wife, Rachel, and I met in seminary and were married last May. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.
I grew up in Casper, Wyoming, where most of my family still lives, and I spent many years in New Haven, Connecticut, 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.
The Rev. Laurel Hart
I was ordained to the diaconate almost eight years ago, after growing up in the Episcopal Church in my hometown of Longview, Washington. I’m the mother of two sons who spent 40 plus years working in various businesses, most of that time as an accountant. I earned my BS in Accounting and Finance from Central Washington University at age 44. Finally in my “golden years” I was able to answer the call to serve God’s people as a deacon in the Episcopal Church. This is a call to bring the cares and concerns of the world to the church and to serve the weak, poor, sick and lonely. I also volunteer as chaplain at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center and as a patient visitor with Mt. Hood Hospice, bringing comfort to the lonely, sick and dying. I feel a deep passion around issues of social justice especially for our transgender sisters and brothers.
When I’m not proclaiming the Gospel in service, you might catch me playing the violin with our music team. I love to ride my bike “purple power” mainly on the Springwater Trail. I also read, especially murder mysteries, and knit. I seem to have a talent for growing beautiful roses in my yard in Boring. I’ve been very lucky to share my life for almost 20 years with my husband, Jim Hart. He brought his four adult children and 10 grandchildren into my life, and that has been a joy. Together, we enjoy traveling abroad and camping in our RV.
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’ve heard it said the God writes straight on crooked lines. This could be the centering truth of my life!
I came to Saint Luke’s 3 1/2 years ago searching for a welcoming community to call home—and I found this treasure here with you.
Born in NY, raised in NJ, finished high school and then college in Florida, I then took off across the continent! I taught in a remote Yu’pik Eskimo village 90 miles from the Bering Sea off the Yukon River as a Jesuit Volunteer. Over the years I’ve taught both special education and English in Florida, California and Alaska. Along the way, I studied theology with the Franciscans, and have worked in ministry at the parish and diocesan levels in Florida and Alaska. I am currently a volunteer chaplain at Mount Hood Medical Center.
I’ve been married to David Johnston for 19 years, and with our blended family, we have 3 adult children and 4 beautiful granddaughters. We moved to Gresham four years ago from Alaska to be closer to our family.
Once here I searched for a Labyrinth, to walk through my prayers and listen for God’s voice— and surprise! There you were, my beloved Saint Luke’s.