Our Staff

St. Luke's is blessed with a dedicated and diverse staff. Learn about our staff and how to contact them below.

  • rev. dr. ricky james

    Senior Pastor

    Ricky grew up in Hattiesburg, MS and has served St. Luke's since 2010. He holds a B.A. from Millsaps College, a M.Div from Duke University, and a Doctorate in Biblical interpretation and proclamation from Emory University. He is married to Megan, and they are the proud parents of two beautiful children. Ricky enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and eating at the great restaurants around the church. 


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  • Rev. Dr. Terry Hilliard

    Pastor for missions and outreach

    Terry was born in Brenham, TX, the home of Blue Bell Ice Cream, and grew up in Pasadena, TX, a suburb of Houston. She has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Technology and Industrial Studies from the University of Houston; as well as aMaster of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Memphis Theological Seminary. Terry is married to Rev. Dr. Larry H. Hilliard. They have 6 children: Nathaniel and Christopher Knight and Kaitlynn Henderson live in the Houston area.  With the Hilliards at home are Mary Beth, Liyuan, and Olivia Hilliard, Larry’s dad, Carl Hilliard, Sr., and 2 dogs.  They also have one grandson, Zeke Henderson who spends a lot of time in their home as well. Terry love to garden and has plants from every place she’s lived as an adult as well as from the house where she grew up and from her great grandmother’s.


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  • rev. mike williams

    Pastor for Community Ministries

    Michael is a native of Jackson, MS and has served St. Luke’s since October 2016. He holds a B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Local Pastors License from Millsaps College’s Center for Ministry. He is in pursuit of a M.Div. Michael is married to Katina Williams. They are the proud parents of their beautiful daughters Hannah, Ava Grace and their “dog daughter” Nyla Marie.  Michael loves traveling, dancing and spending time with his family. 


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  • Ms. Leah Batson

    Director of Children's Ministries

    Leah Batson has been a member of St. Luke's since 2010, and grew up in Pearl, MS. Leah graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.A. in History Education. Leah served as a high school history teacher for nine years before joining the St. Luke's staff. She and her husband, Jon, have four children.


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  • Ms. Helen Bowen

    Director of Music Ministries

    Helen has provided leadership for our music ministries for over twenty years. Her skill and passion for worship are the driving force behind our outstanding Adult Choir, which moves us all with its praises in music. We are grateful for the many hours Helen devotes to her work at St. Luke's.


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  • Ms. Lyn Brewer

    Church Bookkeeper

  • Ms. Laurie Courtney

    Office Assistant

    Laurie is a Jackson native and along with her husband, Max, has been a St. Luke’s member since 1987. They have three daughters who grew up at St. Luke’s, one of whom has taught at the church preschool for the last 10 years. Their 4 grandchildren (#5 is on the way!) are growing up at St. Luke’s and in the preschool as well. Laurie loves spending time with her family and feels blessed to work  surrounded by her St. Luke’s family.   


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  • Mr. Victor Hernandez

    Building Superintendent

    Victor plays an instrumental role in the daily life of the church. His skills range from expertise in computers to making sure the air conditioning is working! His genuine love for Christ bears evidence in the joy he gives to his work and is reflected in the love St. Luke's members have for him.


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  • Ms. Fran mcewen

    office assistant

    In her role Fran often provides the first impression visitors have of our church, giving them a warm, friendly welcome. St. Luke's counts itself lucky to have such a dedicated, cheerful worker as Fran, who can always be counted on for whatever assistance is needed.


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  • Ms. Barbara o'Neil

    Administrative assistant

    Barbara grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and lived in California for a while before moving to Jackson. She spent several years working in the marketing area of a communications company, and we are glad that Barbara and God decided to put her experience to work at St. Luke’s.


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  • Ms. Angela Powell

    Angela Powell, is a 2015 graduate of Murrah High School in Jackson, MS and a current student at Millsaps College. In high school she accompanied the school choir. She is already an accomplished pianist and a wonderful part of our worship leadership team.


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  • Ms. Mary-Crosby Roberts

    Director of St. Luke's Preschool

    Mary-Crosby is a native of Jackson, MS. After completing an education degree from Ole Miss, she earned her Masters in Learning and Instruction from Vanderbilt University. With her husband, Walker, she is the mother of a wonderful little girl with baby #2 on the way! Mary-Crosby enjoy spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors.


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