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 served from 2008-2020 as a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York, where he has taught hybrid courses 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, the Netherlands, the Republic of Georgia, 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. Through the Antiochian House of Studies, he earned 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.

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Watch Our Services

Great Vespers
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Hours and Divine Liturgy
21 Nov 2021 at 11:26pm

Hours & Divine Liturgy
14 Nov 2021 at 11:30pm

Worship Schedule


Vespers, 5:30 pm


Hours, 9:40 am

Divine Liturgy, 10 am

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Fr Philip's Blog

Saturday, 27 Nov 2021

How to Respond When the Weakness of Our Souls is Revealed: Homily for the 23...
27 Nov 2021 at 3:15pm

Saturday, 20 Nov 2021

Preparing for Christmas by Offering Ourselves as Holy Temples: Homily for th...
20 Nov 2021 at 4:22pm

Saturday, 13 Nov 2021

We Must Not Narrow Down Our List of Neighbors to Love: Homily for the 8th Su...
13 Nov 2021 at 10:06pm

Saturday, 6 Nov 2021

The Humble Faith of Those Who Face the Truth: Homily for the Seventh Sunday ...
6 Nov 2021 at 4:19pm

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