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


St. Luke Orthodox Church services will be livestreamed at:



5:30 PM Great Vespers      



9:40 AM    3rd and 6th Hours                 

10:00 AM  Divine Liturgy      

























Monday, 29 Jun 2020

Tuesday, 23 Jun 2020

Tuesday, 16 Jun 2020

Monday, 8 Jun 2020

Fr Philip's Blog

Sunday, 12 Jul 2020

Becoming Our True Selves Through Faith in Christ: Homily for the Fifth Sunda...
12 Jul 2020 at 8:02am

Saturday, 27 Jun 2020

Offering Our Blessings and Sufferings in Hope: Homily for the Third Sunday A...
27 Jun 2020 at 4:19pm

Saturday, 20 Jun 2020

How to Pay Attention and Obey: Homily for the Second Sunday After Pentecost ...
20 Jun 2020 at 4:07pm

Saturday, 13 Jun 2020

Bearing Witness to Christ as Distinctive Persons: Homily for the Sunday of A...
13 Jun 2020 at 3:55pm

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