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 Mar 2018

Offering Ourselves to Christ
20 Mar 2018 at 10:41am

Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018

Adoring the Cross
13 Mar 2018 at 1:34pm

Monday, 5 Mar 2018

5 Mar 2018 at 2:57pm

Wednesday, 28 Feb 2018

Sunday of Orthodoxy
28 Feb 2018 at 11:34am

Fr Philip's Blog

Sunday, 18 Mar 2018

Lent is About Offering, Not Achieving: Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent in ...
18 Mar 2018 at 2:15pm

Sunday, 11 Mar 2018

On Not Being Ashamed of the Cross: Homily for the Adoration of the Holy Cros...
11 Mar 2018 at 3:41pm

Sunday, 4 Mar 2018

Overcoming Paralysis Through Humble Repentance: Homily for the Second Sunday...
4 Mar 2018 at 3:56pm

Sunday, 25 Feb 2018

Healing for Holiness: Homily for the First Sunday of Great Lent (Sunday of O...
25 Feb 2018 at 3:36pm

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