The Rev. Rhonda M. Lee, PhD

Rector Time Certain

A native of Montréal, Québec, Rhonda has called Durham home for almost three decades now. An avid reader of memoirs and mysteries, she is also a writer, whose most recent book is Seek and You Will Find: Discovering a Practice of Prayer (Forward Movement, 2021). Ordained since 2005, Rhonda has experience as a parish priest, spiritual director, and retreat leader, and most recently served for seven years as a canon on the staff of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. Rhonda and her spouse, Wayne, met as students in Duke’s history PhD program and he now teaches at UNC.
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The Reverend James B. Craven, III

Priest Associate

Jim Craven has been at St. Luke’s since 1992. Jim was ordained a deacon at the Duke Chapel in 1985 and, after only ten years and two weeks, was ordained a priest here at St. Luke’s in 1995. He was a volunteer prison chaplain for 17 years. Jim has been a lawyer since 1967, ordained since 1985, is a retired naval officer, and still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up. We let him preach and celebrate regularly, and occasionally he does services without adult supervision. Educated, after a fashion, at the U.S. Naval Academy, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke Law School, and the Duke Divinity School, Jim’s real passions are Durham Bulls baseball, Duke football, and fishing. He and Sara are the parents of Jamie, Joe, and Will, and the grandparents of Olivia and Harris. They share their home with their cats, Ruthie and Buddy.

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Ms. Kaye Saunders

Director of Music and Organist

Kaye Saunders, Music Director and Organist at St. Luke’s, has been a musician in the Episcopal Church since 1991. She has worked with adult choirs, RSCM-based graded children’s choirs, community children’s choirs, and handbell ensembles. She holds degrees from Coastal Carolina University, where she also taught as adjunct music professor, and Graduate Theological Foundation, where she earned a Master of Sacred Music degree. She enjoys work as a vocalist, having sung throughout the coastal region during her years as a resident of South Carolina, where she was featured with organizations such as the Piccolo Spoleto festival, The Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art, Long Bay Symphony, Carolina Master Chorale, and at Mepkin Abbey. As a composer, she recently had two original choral anthems published by St. James Music Press. Kaye also teaches private voice and piano lessons. She is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and the American Guild of Organists, and is certified in the early childhood curriculum Musikgarten. Kaye is married to videographer Ted Trinkaus. 

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Ms. Kathy Barnes

Parish Administrator

Kathy Barnes has been with St. Luke’s since 1994 and has been working in the secretarial and administrative field since 1970.

 She obtained her CPS (Certified Professional Secretary) rating in 1992 and was recertified in 2003.

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Ms. Carol Joyner

Director of Hospitality and Nursery Attendant

Ms. Carol Joyner is the Director of Hospitality and Nursery Attendant at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. For many years, “Miss Carol” has been a familiar, comforting presence in the nursery for the youngest members of our St. Luke’s family as well as for young visitors. More recently, she has taken on leadership of our two after-church coffee hours, helping to welcome and provide for members and guests of St. Luke’s. 

Ms. Kate Rademacher

Diocesan Intern (June – December, 2022)

From June 26 through December 31, St. Luke’s will welcome Kate Rademacher as a diocesan intern. Kate is currently in the process of discernment for potential ordination to the priesthood. Kate lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, David, and daughter, Lila (age 16). Her adult stepson, Soren, lives nearby in Carrboro. Kate currently works in international public health with a focus on expanding access to contraception in sub-Saharan Africa. She is also the author of three books about her faith journey, Following the Red Bird: First Steps into a Life of Faith, Their Faces Shone: A Foster Parent’s Lessons on Loving and Letting Go, and Reclaiming Rest: The Promise of Sabbath, Solitude, and Stillness in a Restless World. Kate is a member of Church of the Holy Family in Chapel Hill where she was baptized and confirmed in 2012.

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