Rev. Karl Grant
The Rev. Karl Grant was appointed as pastor of St. Luke in July 2022. He previously served as pastor at churches in Oxford, La Grange, Cedar Grove and Kinston. Pastor Karl graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School in 2006 and was ordained as an Elder in the North Carolina Conference in 2009. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from East Carolina University and an Associate in Arts degree from Lenoir Community College. Prior to becoming a pastor, he worked at newspapers in Kinston and Newport News, Va, and at Lenoir Community College, the Global Transpark Economic Development Region and Neuse Regional Library. Pastor Karl and his wife Christine have two sons, Rollie and Ryan.
Karen Pike was born and raised in Duplin County, NC. She has a degree in Sacred Music from The University of Mount Olive. She enjoys spending time with loved ones, both family and friends. Karen started working at St. Luke UMC in July 2018 and look forward to seeing how God will work through her and this church.
Sonja Emerson is the Children’s Ministry Director of St. Luke United Methodist Church. She has been employed with the church for over 20 years. Ms. Sonja also works full time with Wayne County Public Schools as the Exceptional Children's Lead Administrator. She has a background in Special Education and was a teacher of special needs children for 30 years prior to becoming an assistant principal and then a principal. At St. Luke UMC, Ms. Sonja is responsible for coordinating programs and activities that support the spiritual development and growth of young children. She believes her role as the Children's Ministry Director at the church is to tell and show that all children are created and loved by God.