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 teaches one course each semester 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

5:30 PM  Saturday

Great Vespers


9:00 AM  Sunday


10:00 AM

Divine Liturgy



Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017

The Battle of the Christian Life
12 Dec 2017 at 1:01am

Tuesday, 5 Dec 2017

The Light of Advent
5 Dec 2017 at 10:36am

Monday, 27 Nov 2017

The Rich Young Ruler & The Joy of Christmas
27 Nov 2017 at 8:49pm

Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017

The Rich Fool & the Nativity Fast
22 Nov 2017 at 11:42am

Fr Philip's Blog

Sunday, 10 Dec 2017

Putting on “The Whole Armor of God” in Order to be Set Free: Homily for the ...
10 Dec 2017 at 3:15pm

Sunday, 3 Dec 2017

His Light Illumines our Darkness as We Prepare for Christmas: Homily for the...
3 Dec 2017 at 8:39pm

Sunday, 26 Nov 2017

Getting Ready for the Birth of a Merciful Savior, Not of Self-Righteous Legal...
26 Nov 2017 at 5:31pm

Sunday, 19 Nov 2017

Preparing to Welcome Christ Like the Theotokos by Entering into the Nativity ...
19 Nov 2017 at 5:16pm

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