Director of Children's MinistriesClose
Emily Boles was born and raised in Montgomery, AL. In 1999 Emily moved to Birmingham to attend Samford University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies in 2003. Shortly after college, Emily attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary earning her Master of Arts in Christian Education through the extension center in Birmingham. While in seminary, Emily worked as the Children’s Minister at a local Baptist church.
Following her graduation from seminary in 2006, Emily joined the staff at Saint Luke’s as the Director of Children’s Ministries. Emily oversees Sunday School classes involving children in third through sixth grades. She is also in charge of all other activities such as Vacation Bible School, Children’s Chapel, and other fellowship and outreach events.
Emily married Brian Boles in 2007 and they had their first child in May 2011, Eley. She also enjoys doing almost anything outside, trying to cook, Auburn football, and hanging out with her two boxers Goose and Bauer.Hide
Helen was born and raised in the very small town of Hughes, Arkansas, just across the river from Memphis, Tennessee. She is the oldest of 5 children. After high school graduation she moved to Memphis and attended Memphis State University. She met her future husband there, left school and worked for 10 years as a draftsman with the engineering department of what was then Southern Bell Telephone Company.
Helen has lived in Memphis, Columbia, SC, Cincinnati, OH, Anniston, AL, and finally moved to Birmingham in 1982. Her son Kevin lives in Birmingham and her daughter Dana lives in Minneapolis.
After her son was born in 1970, she became a stay at home mom and housewife and remained so until a divorce took place in 1993. At this time it was necessary get a “real” job. This is what brought her to Saint Luke’s in 1994.
Helen’s free time outside of Saint Luke’s is spent working with a support group, for the divorced, widowed and separated, called The Beginning Experience Ministry. She is known as a good cook and enjoys reading, but her favorite pastime is working in her garden. She says her backyard is a wildlife preserve with butterflies, numerous birds including hummingbirds and blue birds. She even likes snakes.Hide
My name is John Arnold Burgess. I was born Oct.17th 1950 in Birmingham. I attended Birmingham City Schools, and graduated from Samford University. My wife’s name is Becky, she is Billing Manager for Birmingham Radiological Group and has been employed there for 34 years. We have 3 children, Melissa, Britton, and Matthew. Melissa graduated from Auburn, Britton from Alabama, and Matthew is a senior at Hoover High. I have one grandchild, Cameron Allen Creel, born to Melissa and Jeff Creel. I came to Saint Luke’s in Feb. 1999 as facility manager. As facility manager my mission is to maintain the integrity of the physical structure to ensure the highest quality of its serviceability and to ensure that future generations will inherit a physically sound, fully functioning, safe, clean, and beautiful facility. Favorite quotes include the line from the Baptismal Covenant to “respect the dignity of every human being.” I like John Claypool’s motif that “Life is gift.’ I like the quote from my early childhood Sunday school teachers to “Be ye kind.” Hobbies include reading, collecting, music, concerts, boating, and fishing. My family and I enjoy being confirmed members here at Saint Luke’s. I also enjoy being an usher in Jay Higgenbotham’s group.Hide
Director of PreSchool PartnersClose
I was born in Opelika, Alabama. I have a BS degree in Elementary Education from Auburn University. I am married to Lester Hamiter and have 2 girls, Clay and Bradshaw Ratcliffe. Clay is a junior at Auburn and Bradshaw is a freshman at Alabama. I am the Executive Director of PreSchool Partners, which is a preschool for at risk inner city children and their parents. We prepare the families for kindergarten and success in school. I oversee the program, write grants, and hit people up for money. I love music, gardening, traveling, and making mix cd's. My favorite quote is from Calvin Coolidge who said: "No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave."Hide
Director of Youth Logistics
Director of MusicClose
Jim Dorroh has been Organist and Director of Music at Saint Luke’s since 1989. He holds music degrees from Birmingham-Southern College, The University of Texas (Austin), and Vanderbilt University. He has also spent several months of sabbatical time at Saint John’s College of Cambridge University in England. He teaches organ as an Adjunct Instructor at Samford University.Hide
Hello, my name is James May, Sr, First I would like to give honor to God to be here. I was born in Birmingham, AL October 12, 1971, and I’m the youngest of three. I have a brother and a sister. I graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1990, then went into the military from October 1990 to February 1992. Later I joined the Army Reserves from 1992 to 1998. I married my high school sweetheart, Felicia, we have been together for 21 years. We have three wonderful boys, James Jr., Jamal, and Joshua. We currently live in Clay-Chalkville. I have been a little league coach for the past 15 years in baseball, football, and basketball. I am also a AAU coach for basketball where we competed on a Nation Competition level 13 and under. I enjoy working with kids to help develop character and self-respect. Also, to let them know education is the key to success. I have been working in the maintenance field for about 10 years. I enjoy working here at St. Luke’s, the opportunity could not have come at a better time!
Betty came to Saint Luke’s in June, 1982 as Business Administrator responsible for all financials including budgeting, accounting, payroll and stewardship as well as administrative supervisor for Lay Professional and Housekeeping staff. As the position expanded in responsibility she purchased Saint Luke’s first computer system and software in 1984 and hired a financial secretary. Her title was officially changed to Parish Administrator in 1987. Immediately upon her hire Betty joined the National Association of Church Business Administration where she has actively participated on both the local and national level having served as an officer in the local chapter, the Episcopal association and eight years on the Board of Directors of NACBA including two years as National President. Betty received her certification training at the Candler School of Theology (Emory University) and was certified as a Fellow in Church Business Administration in 1997 and re-certified in 2006. Betty is married to Doug and they have three grown children plus two sons-in-law and four fabulous grandchildren. Family, gardening and Lake Martin are a few of her favorite things.Hide
George C Pelekis III grew up in the Birmingham community attending school in the Mountain Brook City School system and is a graduate of The University of Alabama.
Upon graduation from college, George worked in the financial industry where he spent 22 years as a banking executive handling multiple tasks in management, administration, sales, marketing, business development and operations. During his banking career, George worked at a large national bank, mid-size regional bank, and had the opportunity to work with a group of business leaders as they made a vision a reality organizing and establishing a de novo bank in the Birmingham community. George received many accolades during his banking career. He was awarded “Finance on the Move” honoring 20 rising stars in Birmingham banking and finance, “Heavy Hitters in Community Banking" as a top community banking executive, and Birmingham Business Journal “Top 40 Under 40” recipient.
In April 2011 after the natural disaster of tornados that swept through our community, George became very active in Tornado Relief and Community Development. He served as the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama representative on the United Way long term planning committee for tornado relief and community development. George was instrumental in helping the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama establish a partnership in helping rebuild homes with Christian Service Mission, a partnership and program that continues to prosper to this day. During this time George and his wife, Rhea, acknowledged a call placed on their hearts and accepted a call to ministry working in the church.
George has served as executive administrator of Highlands United Methodist Church in the Five Points South community for the past three years. In this role George has managed the Resource Ministry consisting of finance, administration, budget, stewardship, capital campaign, strategic planning, policy/guideline development, building facilities, human resources, membership, welcoming ministry, marketing and communication functions for the church. He has led the day to day church operations supervising and directing the non-ministerial church staff and a direct resource to the Highlands UMC Council, Staff Parish Committee, Trustees Committee, Finance Committee, Foundation Committee, and Capital Campaign Committee. Just recently Highlands UMC completed a $2.1 million capital campaign known as the “Open Campaign” to revitalize the fellowship hall, kitchen, and sanctuary lighting. The campaign was fully subscribed.
His wife Rhea, a native of Brookhaven, Mississippi and cradle Episcopalian, is currently employed with St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in the Five Points South community as Director of Finance.
George has had a heart for service since youth in religious, community, athletic, and academic activities. He currently serves as a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, Board Member of Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation, 25 plus years as a youth boys and girls coach with Mountain Brook Athletics, and Mountain Brook Spartans Sports Net TV Color Analyst of high school football.
George is actively involved in the Episcopal Church and has enjoyed serving in a variety of different ministries including, Youth Sunday School Teacher, Lay Chaplain, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Altar Guild, Welcoming Ministries, Outreach Committee, Finance Committee, Discovery Weekend Lay Rector, Cursillo 176, Bible Study leader, and is an Education For Ministry Graduate.
George and Rhea have three children George (4th grade), Margaret (3rd grade), and Lillian (1st grade) who attend Brookwood Forest Elementary. They are very active in children’s ministry and outreach. The Pelekis family feels blessed to be a part of the ministry inside and outside the church walls of Saint Luke’s.Hide
Publications Editor and Coordinator of Pastoral Care
Director of Food Services
Director of Senior Adult MinistriesClose
Jeanna has worked part time as Director of Senior Adult Ministry since July 1999. She grew up in Birmingham, attended the University of Alabama and has a degree in music therapy form Tennessee Tech University. She is married and the mother of two children. Jeanna plays the guitar and piano, loves all genres of music, is an avid Alabama football fan, and enjoys cooking. She loves to be around people, to plan and organize, and always believes the glass is “half-full”.Hide
Leslie serves as the Associate Organist at Saint Luke's and provides the organ music for the 8:00 am. Most recently, she served as Director of Music and Liturgical Arts at The United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston in Westport, Connecticut. Her duties there included working as Organist and Director of the Choirs as well as playing an integral role in worship conception and planning. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Leslie was a member of the adult and youth choirs and handbell groups, as well as various instrumental ensembles at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. In 2001, the Peachtree Handbell Quartet recorded a self-titled album. She holds a Bachelors in Music for Organ Performance and Dalcroze Eurhythmics from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Todd Wilson and David Brown, and a Masters in Music for Organ Performance from Yale University with a Certificate from Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music, studying with Thomas Murray.Hide
Leslie received the Henry Fusner Award for achievement in Organ Performance while at CIM and served as Assistant Director of Music and Organist at Disciples Christian Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. In addition, she founded and was Director of the Case Women’s Glee Club, a sister club to the historic Case Men’s Glee Club. She also served as Assistant Director for Sing Out!, a biennial benefit concert for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center which during her time raised over half a million dollars to help women and families in crisis.
When not performing and practicing music, she enjoys crafting (mainly crochet), cooking (mainly baking), cycling (mainly to work off the baking), and living in New York City with husband Frederick Teardo, new Director of Music and Organist at the Cathedral of the Advent
Assistant to the Rector