Rev. Bert Thompson

Pastor Emeritus

As an infant, Bert Anthony Thompson was born anew into the Kingdom of God in the waters of Holy Baptism. Faithful parents trained him in the Christian faith. He received his B.A cum laude in elementary education from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, with a minor in biochemistry. He loved being teacher and principal at a small Lutheran elementary school near Vincennes, IN, where he met his wife, Shirley. He and Shirley then started a new Lutheran school near Milwaukee, WI. At that time, he was given an opportunity to explore the world of work outside the classroom. He took the opportunity and spent a successful decade in retail sales and management. He later received his M. Div. from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN and was ordained into the holy ministry on June 23, 1996. After seven years as a pastor in Sheboygan, WI, he was called to pastor the people of God at St. Luke Lutheran Church and School, Clinton Twp. MI. He was installed at St. Luke on June 01, 2003.  Pastor Thompson retired from full-time ministry on April 23, 2017 and now serves St. Luke as visitation pastor.

 Pastor Thompson and Shirley have three grown children and five grandchildren.

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Carole King


Deaconess Carole’s father is a retired Lutheran principal, but her love of music comes from her mother who was a music teacher and organist.

This led Deaconess Carole to enroll in the Bachelor of Music Education program at Concordia College, River Forest. She soon switched to the Deaconess program with a major in theology, a minor in church music, and a concentration in Greek, graduating in 1986.

Her deaconess internship was at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Esko, MN. Later, serving with Lutheran Bible Translators, she studied French in Brussels, Belgium and Neuchâtel, Switzerland and worked in francophone Cameroon, Africa, among the Gbaya-Mbodomo people.

Upon her return to the States in 1995, she taught in a small Christian school in Valparaiso, IN, before becoming an instructor and curriculum designer at a correspondence high school.

From 2017 to 2020, Deaconess Carole served in the Chaplaincy Department of Concordia Lutheran Ministries in greater Pittsburgh where she visited with residents and led Bible studies and hymn sings at many of Concordia’s senior facilities.

Deaconess Carole was installed at St. Luke on March 8, 2020.

A lover of the outdoors, Deaconess Carole has worked at four national parks and at a Lutheran camp. She also has adopted and fostered several basenji dogs.

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Mrs. Susan Drysdale

Office Manager

Sue came to us in November of 2015 after previously serving as Administrative Secretary for 14 years at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warren, MI. She also has served as Executive Secretary to the CFO of Hospice of Michigan and as Executive Assistant to the Pastor and congregation of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Eastpointe, MI.

Sue wears many hats while serving God's people here at St. Luke - secretary, bookkeeper, webmaster, communications coordinator, human resource management & videographer to name a few! 

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