Bonnie How, Senior Pastor - Bonnie is a proud Canadian who grew up in Southern Alberta, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. She and her husband, Mark, made their way to Austin in 2006, where Bonnie continued her theological education at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary before eventually graduating from Iliff School of Theology in 2017. She has served in a variety of roles within the church including women’s ministry, youth and education, and outreach. Bonnie directed the youth program at Cedar Park First UMC for five years before serving as their Associate Pastor for the past three.
Her peaceful, fun spirit brings life and energy to church communities. Bonnie is passionate about connecting people, saying, “When we share our stories, God reveals God’s self more clearly.” She and her husband Mark have three college-age children.
Jo Kretzler, Associate Pastor - Jo grew up in Manchester in the north of England where she attended the Hulme Grammar School For Girls. Jo was involved with the Methodist Association of Youth Groups (MAYC) and was a youth leader at Saint Paul’s Methodist Church, Shaw, England. She majored in fine art at Oldham College of Art and later studied Architectural Design at the University of Teesside.
Upon moving to Texas, she and her husband Randal ran a design consultancy working for many clients within the fitness industry. Jo was one of the founding members of Gateway Church, a non-denominational church here in Austin and spent many years in leadership there. She worked mostly with the women’s ministry, providing pastoral counseling to couples, and teaching.
Jo is a MDiv. graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a commissioned Deacon within the United Methodist Church. Jo and Randal have two daughters.
Adam Roberts, Music Director - Adam has served as musical director with churches in Ohio, Florida and Texas, and he couldn't be happier to be part of the St. Luke team! When not at St. Luke, you can find him on the Dell Jewish Community Campus, where he is artistic director of the Austin Jewish Repertory Theater, at the Long Center for the Performing Arts where he conducts the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards and coaches prospective college musical theatre majors, or instructing both beginners and professionals in musical theatre performance at the State School of Acting. He's also artistic director of The Final Acts Project, an organization that utilizes the arts to facilitate end-of-life conversations, and a conductor and director of musical theatre around the city. Have a favorite song you'd like to sing or hear? Feeling called to join the St. Luke choir? Be sure to stop by and talk to Adam before or after the service in either case, or just to say hi!
Stephen Castillo, Early Service Music Leader - Stephen grew up in rural East Texas, where he drove tractors, rode four-wheelers, sang old country songs, and learned to play the guitar as a teenager. He began leading worship at age 17 and over the next 15 years, sang at countless churches, summer camps, and events. When it comes to worship, his specialty is leading music for elementary school kids together with their parents. After taking a few years off from music, Stephen started a country music career in 2017, writing and singing the old-style songs he grew up with for the Central Texas honky tonk crowds. Stephen spends much of his time palling around with his son, Jude. They like to play video games, swim, fish, and play golf. They've also been known to regularly visit some of the finest pizza and burger establishments in town.
Jenna Manders, Community Yoga Instructor -This native New Yorker came to yoga over a decade ago, finding a practice that was the perfect complement to her training as a triathlete. After suffering a knee injury, yoga took a front seat to her life, as she dove into the history of the practice and the more meditative and ancient magical aspects. Students come to Jenna's classes to find moments of peace with a healthy dose of humor. Jenna offers her students a path to experiential learning with a well-rounded practice and meditation.