St. Luke Lutheran Church is currently in the process of calling a new pastor to our congregation. The Reverend James Lockley will be serving as bridge pastor for St. Luke until a new pastor is called.
Pastor Lockley retired in 2015 after 27 years serving Alamance Lutheran Church, Alamance, North Carolina. He and his wife, Maurie, have lived on Oak Island since then. He is a 1988 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.
In addition to serving Alamance in Word and Sacrament ministry, Pastor provided pastoral care and parish servant leadership during his time there. He was on the NC Synod Ecumenical Affairs Committee for 14 years, including 10 years as Ecumenical Representative. Ecumenism, the relationship among different denominations of Christianity, is a great love of his. He has presented workshops on the topic around the synod on many occasions and at three National Workshops for Christian Unity over the years. He is also active in the Eastern NC Via de Christo community, having served as Spiritual Director for many weekend retreats and to the Secretariat Board of VdC.
Pastor Lockley will lead worship services, provide pastoral care and visitation, attend council and committee meetings, and assist and support us in the various ministries of the church at St. Luke.