St. Luke's Episcopal Church

614 Main St. Racine, Wisconsin 53403

Father Seth Raymond - Priest

The "Priest of St. Luke's" serves the diverse communities of St. Luke's Sunday worshiping community, the Hospitality Center Staff and Guests, the people who live and work in the downtown area, as well as the other programs and support groups who use St. Luke's facility.

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!                  I am thrilled to be joining you as the next Rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church - it is both an honor and a joy to serve the people of God in Racine, and I look forward to the worship and work we will undertake together during this next season of ministry.

When our ministry together begins on May 1st (I will join you in Sunday worship for the first time on May 6th), you might recognize me as the Executive Director of the Hospitality Center. Thanks to the flexibility and imagination of your vestry and the Diocese of Milwaukee, I will continue in this role while also serving as rector. It has been said that one cannot serve two masters, but I suppose an exception might be made if both masters pursue the same mission? I view the ministry of the Hospitality Center and St. Luke's as complementary pieces, working in tandem to serve the greater glory of God and the reconciliation of God?s people. I can't wait to see what fruit will continue to grow from these two institutions. 

As you might imagine, figuring out the practical elements of boundaries between institutions, delineation of duties, managing time spent with both parishioners and Hospitality Center guests, and more, will take time and patience. For example, my responsibility to the Hospitality Center involves regular speaking/preaching engagements at area churches. The current plan is to schedule these engagements once per month, with Deacon Bob Bagley serving as preacher in my absence. I believe the time is ripe to pursue a unique approach to leadership, and I am confident that we will navigate this relationship with grace and compassion for one another.  

My path to St. Luke's has been varied, which I hope will be an asset in our work together. I grew up working with adults with disabilities, in both the day program and residential Christian community context. I've also worked in a group home for teenage girls with behavioral disorders and intellectual disabilities, and as an Episcopal missionary in Taiwan. My educational path is equally broad, having obtained degrees in Sociology, Music Education, and Theology. I am currently 1/3 of the way toward a Masters in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Since my ordination in 2012 I have served as Assistant Rector at Christ Church Whitefish Bay (2012-2016) and Director of the Hospitality Center (2017-Present). 

In addition to the typical résumé items, I continue to play cello as time allows, sweat out the small stuff as often as possible, and spend the rest of my waking hours with daughters Miriam (6) and Hannah (3). Miriam and Hannah will join me occasionally at St. Luke's on Sunday mornings. There is much more to learn about one another, the gifts we each bring to the table, and the ministry God is calling us into. Let us go forward together in the power of the Spirit!

Yours in Christ,