St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church leader to retire

January 22, 2013

By Staff

ContributedThe Rev. Ann Lukens, leader at St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church, leads parishioners in worship.

The Rev. Ann Lukens, leader at St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church, leads parishioners in worship. Contributed

The leader at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, the Rev. Ann Lukens, plans to retire from the post Jan. 27 after a dozen years.

Lukens spearheaded and oversaw significant expansions at the downtown Issaquah church, including a modernization and expansion of facilities, encouraging more music in worship and deepening St. Michael’s ties to the community.

Throughout Lukens’ tenure, St. Michael’s adapted to accommodate a burgeoning congregation. The church remodeled and added space for Sunday school classrooms a decade ago and, in June 2011, consecrated a 4,985-square-foot addition to almost double the church’s footprint.

St. Michael’s, founded in 1953, used the 2011 expansion to refresh the church façade and add a music center to make room for popular music programs and children’s ministries.

From the pulpit, Lukens led meaningful Holy Week services — Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday — offered parishioners a chance to worship in festive attire on All Hallows and, before Lent, Fat Sunday.

Under Lukens’ leadership, St. Michael’s developed a reputation for charitable outreach into Issaquah and beyond.

In 2009, as the Great Recession tightened, she and parishioners organized a series of Career Connection Issaquah lunches to offer professional career consultations to job seekers.

The church regularly collects staple food items for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, and staffs a monthly supper for hungry neighbors at the downtown fire station. Every summer, teenagers serve a mission in the Skagit Valley and help children of farm workers.

If you go

Celebration of the Ministry of the Rev. Ann Lukens

  • 9:30 a.m. Jan. 27
  • St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
  • 325 Darst St.

Each December, a Sing & Play Along Messiah! raises funds for the nonprofit Issaquah Community Services.

The community service efforts earned Lukens the 2004 Human & Spiritual Values Award in the Issaquah Community Awards.

Before she arrived at St. Michael’s, Lukens served as president of the Bellevue School Board and the nonprofit Bellevue Schools Foundation. Then, after ordination, she served at St. Clement of Rome Episcopal Church in Seattle and St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina.

Lukens’ successor at St. Michael’s, the Rev. Katherine Sedwick, is expected to start on Palm Sunday, March 27. She comes to St. Michael’s after serving in Minneapolis and, earlier, on the ministry team at Trinity Parish in Seattle.

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