St. Luke Orthodox Christian Church
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
501 Sunset Dr., Abilene, TX 79605
Our Priest

Father Philip LeMasters is the pastor of St. Luke Orthodox Christian Church. Having grown up Baptist and then done some denominational wandering through various Protestant denominations, he became Orthodox in 2000 along with his wife and two daughters.  His day job is as Professor of Religion and Director of the Honors Program at McMurry University. In addition, Fr. Philip is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York, where he also teaches as Professor of Christian Ethics.

Closer to home, Fr. Philip regularly introduces visiting groups of students from local universities to the Orthodox faith. He has also spoken about Eastern Christianity at Methodist, Episcopal, and Church of Christ congregations in Abilene. He's racked up many frequent flyer miles by speaking at international Orthodox conferences in Greece, Romania, and Syria. He has also led retreats in Orthodox churches in Beaumont, TX, and Toronto, Canada. 

His latest book, The Forgotten Faith, is a great introduction to Orthodox Christianity:

Fr. Philip received the Ph.D. in Christian Theology and Ethics from Duke University and is also a graduate of Rice and Baylor. He holds the M.A. in Applied Orthodox Theology from the St. John of Damascus School of Theology of the University of Balamand. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2006.

Leave Fr. Philip a message at (325) 675-9922 or email him at

Worship Schedule

Saturday 5:30 PM

Great Vespers


Sunday 9:00 AM


10:00 AM

Divine Liturgy


Great Lent

Wednesdays at 6 PM

Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts


Fridays at 6 PM

Little Compline with Akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos






Tuesday, 20 Feb 2018

Forgiveness Sunday
20 Feb 2018 at 1:14pm

Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018

Fasting for Fulfillment
14 Feb 2018 at 10:45am

Tuesday, 6 Feb 2018

Sunday of The Prodigal Son
6 Feb 2018 at 12:00pm

Wednesday, 31 Jan 2018

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
31 Jan 2018 at 10:16am

Fr Philip's Blog

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018

Transformed by Christ’s Mercy: Homily for Forgiveness Sunday (Cheese Fare Su...
18 Feb 2018 at 9:05pm

Sunday, 11 Feb 2018

Fasting to Serve Christ in “The Least of These”: Homily for the Sunday of th...
11 Feb 2018 at 4:35pm

Sunday, 4 Feb 2018

Courageous Humility and Repentance: Homily for the Sunday of the Prodigal So...
4 Feb 2018 at 2:16pm

Sunday, 28 Jan 2018

Praying to God or to Ourselves?: Homily for the Sunday of the Publican and t...
28 Jan 2018 at 5:06pm

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