Watch the Annual Meeting below, and download the PDF report here.
The Christ and St. Luke’s Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 29, immediately following the 10:15am service. All are encouraged to attend. We have much to celebrate from the year that is past and much to look forward to in the year to come.
This meeting will include important reports from parish leadership, an update on the progress of the building renovation, and financial reports including the 2022 year-end financial position of the parish, the 2023 budget, and the results from our most recent Annual and Capital Campaigns.
We will also elect the new Vestry class. Pursuant to the parish bylaws, a nominating committee has determined four members who will be presented for election at the Annual Meeting. Their names, pictures and biographies are below. Only those who are “enrolled, adult, confirmed communicants in good standing” may vote in the parish election. If you have a question about your status on our parish rolls, please be in touch with the Church Office (gro.sekultsdnatsirhc@eciffo). Unless special permission has been granted, you must be present in person to vote.
Other nominees may be presented for election to the Vestry by two Elector Members by submission of the nominee’s name to the Register at least ten (10) days prior to the Annual Meeting.
After I graduated from law school, my wife, Gray, and I moved back to Norfolk to start our family and our careers. Gray is a first grade teacher at Norfolk Academy, where our son (also named Wiley) is in first grade. After nearly a decade in private practice as an attorney, I recently took a position as an in- house lawyer for the French container shipping company, CMA CGM. When we aren’t working, we enjoy spending time with friends, exploring the Elizabeth and Lafayette Rivers, and cheering on our favorite college sports teams (UVA for me and Florida State for Gray). I grew up going to Christ & St. Luke’s, attending Sunday school, youth group, and serving as an acolyte. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to give back to the Church that was such a mainstay in my life. As the facility’s renovation draws to a close, I am excited to see the Church through into its next phase of growth and development, and especially working to continue to grow the youth and family ministry.
I am hugely grateful for the honor and trust in me for my nomination to the Vestry of Christ and St Luke’s. Christ and St Luke’s has been the center of my life since I came from Boston almost 27 years ago. I have the privilege of currently serving as one of the Vergers. I am also a Eucharist Minister, Lector and Intercessor. My past roles include Altar Guild, Healing Prayer, and Lay Eucharist Visitor. As an Education for Ministry graduate, I served as Co-Mentor for groups at Christ and St. Luke’s and St. Andrew’s for several years. In my day job, I am an Associate Professor in Pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. I practice at General Academic Pediatrics where I teach pediatric residents and medical students. Many of my patients are little kids from some of Norfolk’s poorest communities. As we enter a new year, our parish also enters an exciting era where fresh opportunities of service await. As vestry and church, I would like us to fully embrace the question: who is our neighbor? In addition to our neighbors in the pews, an entire neighborhood of need calls to us. We could provide a spiritual home to medical residents, medical students and other student professionals. Families of hospitalized patients could find us as a place of prayerful refuge. And most critically, we could begin to explore new ways to support the youngest and most vulnerable children in our Norfolk community. Christ and St Luke’s has an abundance of Christ’s love and light. And in giving Light, we will receive Light.
Michelle has been married to husband Stephen for many years. They are the proud parents of 5 grown children including daughter Elizabeth (son-in-law Tony and 7-year old grandson Jude) who lives in Fairfax, son Tom (boyfriend Ryan) who lives in Denver, CO, daughter Katie (son-in-law Nick and 9- month old granddaughter Ginny) who lives in Virginia Beach, son Andrew who lives with his parents in Chesapeake, and daughter Rachel who lives in San Diego, CA. After graduating from Duke University School of Nursing Michelle worked at Columbia Hospital for Women (Washington, DC) and Newport Hospital (Newport, RI) in the Postpartum, Newborn Nursery and Labor & Delivery Departments. She was a stay-at-home parent while Steve served in the Navy as a Nuclear Power Officer. Michelle has been employed as a School Nurse with Chesapeake Public Schools for 18 years. She is a CPR Instructor, Certified Asthma Educator, Stop the Bleed and Project REVIVE instructor and a Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor. She volunteers with the Chesapeake Medical Reserve Corps and during the pandemic was active in COVID testing, contact tracing, and administering vaccinations. Michelle was a cradle Episcopalian and had a 20-year detour in the Mormon Church before finding her way back home at Christ and St. Luke’s. Michelle finds great joy and fulfillment singing in the CSL Choir and serving as a Stephen Minister.
Mike was born in 1968 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1985 and served on nuclear submarines for 10 years. In 1995 he received his commission and continued his service for another 19 1⁄2 years on multiple surface ships. He was stationed in Norfolk in 1991 and deployed around the globe. His tours included second-in-command of a guided missile destroyer and as commanding officer of a Riverine Squadron. He retired from active duty in 2014 and has worked in the defense industry since then, supporting the US Navy in Hampton Roads.
Mike married Laura Spink in 2004 and together they have raised four children. They lived in Virginia Beach until 2017, and then moved to Talbot Park in Norfolk. Mike was raised in the Catholic Church and received into the Episcopal Church. He attended St. Paul’s in Norfolk and Old Donation in Virginia Beach with his family, until joining Christ and St Luke’s in 2018. Together Mike, Laura and their children have been active volunteers in the community and their church, including supporting parish events and dinners, fund raising, feeding and caring for the homeless, with youth groups, boy scouts and girl scouts, and with animal shelters, and with rescue and fostering animals. Mike looks forward to continuing his service to the church and community as a member of the church vestry.
Most recently at Christ and St Luke’s Mike and Laura have been active with the men’s group, flower guild, meal ministry, NEST, and assisted in starting the community garden. Mike’s hobbies include gardening, cooking, fishing, boating, home repairs on an old Norfolk house, and spending time with his family and 3 dogs after a long Navy career. Mike is a 2002 graduate of Old Dominion University with a BA in International Studies and International Business. He graduated from the Naval War College in 2003 with an MA in National Security. In addition, he has an AS in Nuclear Science from Thomas Edison University.