Missions is an important part of St. Luke UMC. Over one quarter of our budget is spent on Outreach and Evangelism. St. Luke’s Outreach ministries serve and show hospitality to people and build relationships with people who are disconnected from the body of Christ. Here are some ways the ministries of St. Luke accomplish this:
•Over 50 St. Lukers serve in Kids’ Café and God’s Pantry. Over 30 children receive homework help, supervised recreation time and a wonderful meal each week during the school year through Kids’ Café. Hundreds of people in need receive groceries at God’s Pantry each month.
•Dozens of St. Lukers participated in disaster relief trips to Eastern Kentucky in 2013.
•We offer ESL/ELL classes for refugees and immigrants and over 15 people have increased their English language skills and gained greater self-sufficiency in this way.
•Over 150 children and their families are impacted each season through our Upward Basketball and Cheerleading ministry.
•Nearly 100 people participate in our open basketball and volleyball opportunities, including St. Lukers who invite friends who have no other connection with a church.
•St. Luke also serves and supports Nathaniel Mission, Lexington Rescue Mission, Common Good and the Wesley Foundation. Missionaries in five different countries are supported by St. Luke.
•Our church has provided excellent hospitality and connection with guests to our worship services as well as those new to our surrounding neighborhood.
Reid is a graduate of the University of Kentucky in Engineering and Asbury Theological Seminary in World Mission and Evangelism. He is an ordained deacon in the Kentucky Annual Conference. He served as Director of Outreach/Youth Center at Jackson First UMC, The Mission Society since 2001, Ghana for six years, Ghana/USA since 2007. Reid and family began attending St. Luke in 2007 and he originally became the Director of Build and Introduce in 2009 as an unpaid staff member and in July, 2010 as part-time paid staff member. As of July 2014, he is now our full-time Minister of Outreach. Reid is married to Lola, a Registered Nurse with Central Baptist Home Health. They have four children, Andrew, Jeremy, Serwaa and Akua.