Pastor David Newman

I am from Muhlenberg County, KY where I met my spouse (Jane) while in High School. I graduated from Eastern University and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Before becoming a pastor in 2001, I spent 20 years in the nuclear power industry, first as a reactor operator and later as an operations instructor. 

Jane and I have four adult children and two, going on three, grandchildren. Our two youngest children were adopted through the foster care system, and we have had several foster children over the years. 

My hobby is rock n’ roll. I enjoy listening to music and go to several concerts every year. 

Before coming to St. Luke’s in February 2024, I served two congregations in PA and one in MO. I love being a pastor and am excited to see what God is doing in this congregation as we dream God’s dream and work for racial justice and gender equality. Hope to see you soon! 

Photo Directory 2008 036   Jim Buras, Music Director

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   Betsy Krotz, Administrative Assistant

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.