Pastor Sarah Lewis was called as pastor at St. Luke’s in March, 2005. As a second-career pastor with grown children and varied work experience, she always tries to make the connections between the continuing revelation of the Word of God and our daily lives.
Pastor Sarah was born and raised in Minnesota, and visits family and friends there frequently. She is a graduate of Vassar College and of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Her past work experience includes working as a journalist, as a press secretary for a member of the U.S. Senate; substitute teaching in Fairfax County elementary schools; and producing monthly newsletters for an association of minority owned small businesses.
Pastor Sarah has three grown children who are as passionate about their vocations as a scientist, an actor and a kindergarten teacher, as she is about parish ministry. She enjoys spending time with her dog, reading, bicycling, and learning to play her new harp.
Music Director Jim Buras was born in Louisiana and raised in Montgomery County. Jim earned a degree in music from Catholic University. He worked as a general music teacher in Montgomery County for over 25 years and is now retired. His wife Amy is also a retired elementary teacher and plays flute in our band. They live in Damascus and have an adult son and daughter. Jim and Amy provide the creative talent and music for both St. Luke’s Vacation Bible School and our Christmas play.
Betsy Krotz was born in Washington DC but raised in Western Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of West Virginia University and taught special education students in North Carolina. Betsy and her husband live in Damascus and have an adult son. She enjoys teaching the middle school Confirmation class, working as a special education paraeducator for MCPS and reading.