Fr. Bryan Owen
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Originally from Tunica, Mississippi, Fr. Bryan Owen was baptized and raised in the United Methodist Church. He was confirmed as an Episcopalian in 1996 on the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin. Fr. Bryan earned a Master of Theological Studies degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School, a Ph.D. in Religion, Ethics, and Society from Vanderbilt University's Graduate Department of Religion, and a certificate in Anglican Studies from the School of Theology at the University of the South.
Before accepting the call to serve as Rector of St. Luke's, Fr. Bryan served as Rector of the Church of the Incarnation in West Point, Mississippi and as Canon for Parish Ministry at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi.
Fr. Bryan and his wife, Julie, have two children, Mary Emerson and Hobson.
Fr. Christopher Golding
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Fr. Chris Golding is an Australian ex-pat, vegan priest, husband to Julia, and father to Phoebe and James. Ordained in 2011, Fr. Chris grew up in Brisbane, Queensland and has served in rural and urban contexts as a parish priest and school chaplain in both Australia and the U.S.
Before moving to Baton Rouge, Fr. Chris served in the Diocese of Hawaii, first as Associate Rector of the Parish of St. Clement, Honolulu and, most recently, as the Vicar (Priest-in-Charge) of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Kailua.
Fr. Chris is passionate about liturgy, music, and all-ages Christian formation, and strives to bring a pastoral heart to all his ministry. During downtime, Fr. Chris enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the movies, and exploring the rich and vibrant culture of southern Louisiana.
Deacon Reese Wiggins
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After completing his required studies from St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedict, Louisiana, Reese was ordained as a Roman Catholic permanent deacon on September 28, 1988, in Baton Rouge. In 2003, he was received into the Episcopal Church as a deacon and has been working full time at St. Luke’s since 2007.
His experience in ministry spans over forty years and is extensive in adult formation and education, sacramental preparation, pastoral care, and mission work. Reese and his wife, Glenn, were received into the Episcopal church in 2001 here at St. Luke’s, where he works as the Facilities Manager, while maintaining his diaconal ministry. He will celebrate thirty years of ordained ministry in May 2018.
Reese and Glenn are avid golfers and enjoy playing together at home and when they travel. They have three children and four grandchildren.