The Rev. Ellis T. (Tuck) Bowerfind, Rector
Tuck Bowerfind was ordained a priest in 1992 in the Diocese of Ohio where he served at St. Paul’s Cleveland Heights until 1999. In 2003, after four years at Saint Mary’s, Barnstable, Tuck accepted the call to be the seventh rector of Saint Luke’s. Tuck’s passion is building up the church and responding to the needs of the community. His wife Delea is a social worker and teacher currently working at Saint Stephen’s/Saint Agnes, daughter Dorothy is a rising senior at St. John's College, Annapolis, daughter Elizabeth is a rising sophomore at New College of Florida, Sarasota, son George is General Manager at Chipotle, Williamsburg, daughter Tiffany is associate dean at Georgetown Law School.
The Rev. Veronika Travis, Associate Rector
Growing up in the Episcopal Church, Veronika spent a lot of time playing hide and seek among the pews, escaping from adults as she and her friends ran through the halls, and learning to love God and her neighbor. As an adult, she remembers those years of learning and freedom to encounter God, and she believes that God is more easily seen and known by children than by the most sophisticated theologians. Her work before entering ordained ministry was in communications and technology. She has a passion for helping people to meet Jesus through new technologies and through the church's ancient traditions and spiritual practices. Christian formation in community has always been part of her calling, and she is excited to learn with all the members of St. Luke's, no matter their age. Veronika earned her BA in Comparative Literature from Smith College and her Master in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. She and her wife Molly enjoy hiking, gardening, going to plays and concerts, and playing with their dachshund, Otto, and house rabbit, Bunnito. On her own, Veronika likes reading fantasy novels, watching silly superhero movies and singing made up songs to Otto.
Kate Weber-Petrova, Organist and Choirmaster
Inspired by her passion for music, teaching, and history, Kate Weber-Petrova unites these three disciplines in her professional life as a performer, teacher, and music historian. Kate has been a professional church musician for over ten years and has performed as a recitalist and collaborative musician throughout the Baltimore/DC and Milwaukee areas. She holds a bachelor of music from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where she double-majored in classical piano and voice; and a master of arts from the University of Maryland, where she studied musicology. She currently is the organist and choirmaster at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA, and teaches piano and voice lessons at the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD. Previously, Kate taught musicology courses at the University of Maryland for seven years and held the post of music director at Christ Episcopal Church in Stevensville, MD. Since finishing graduate studies, Kate has enjoyed years of continuing education as an organist. She considers herself a lifelong learner and loves the challenge of learning new skills and repertoire. She is thrilled to be at St. Luke’s and hopes to inspire others to be part of its music ministry.