Rector: The Reverend Dr. Kent R. Walley
Kent became the sixth rector of St. Luke’s in January of 2008, coming from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where he had served eight years as Associate Rector. Kent graduated with a Master of Divinity from Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA, and in 2012 received a Doctor of Ministry degree with a special focus on spiritual formation in an increasingly postmodern world, from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. His undergraduate alma mater is the University of Michigan. He previously worked in Michigan and Pennsylvania on campus staff for Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship, an interdenominational collegiate ministry, and as a small business computer consultant. In the diocese of New Jersey, Kent has served on the Diocesan Council, as a faculty member for the School of Deacons and on the Bishop’s Commission on Liturgy.
Kent married his wife Joy in 1987 and they have two sons, Philip, who graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Purdue University but is presently serving as a campus staff member with international students through Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship at Purdue, and Stephen, who received a degree in vocal performance from Indiana University. Joy works per diem as a Speech Language Pathologist and as a paraprofessional at Bernard’s High School.
Kent enjoys golf, tennis, jazz piano, watching University of Michigan sports (Go Blue!) and having grown up in Pittsburgh is a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan.