February 06, 2019
Announcing St. Luke’s New Rector - The Reverend Jesse W. Lebus
A native of Kentucky, Jesse graduated from the University Louisville and worked for small town newspapers before moving to California. It was there that he met the brothers of the Society of St. Francis, Episcopal (SSF). Jesse was a brother in that community for over 6 years, living in San Francisco, Berkeley and eventually moving to Long Island in 2009 to live and work at Little Portion Friary in Mt. Sinai.
Jesse met his wife Meredith at the rectory of Christ Church, Oyster Bay and after prayerful discernment left SSF. They were married in 2014 and Jesse was ordained in December 2015.
He has served St. John’s Church in Cold Spring Harbor as a curate for the past four years, where his family has grown to include two daughters: Martha (3) and Clara (1). Meredith currently works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, organizing exhibitions in the Modern and Contemporary department.
Jesse feels certain that his call to serve St. Luke’s is the work of the Holy Spirit and he is excited to get to know the people of the congregation and of Sea Cliff. “It is my great privilege to walk the way of Christ with and within this community, seeking ways that we can grow in unity with God and one another.”