Luk De Volder came to New Haven from Clermont-Ferrand, France, where he was Rector at Christ Church, having earlier served there since 2005 as Vicar. Christ Church is a parish in the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, and ministers to expatriate Americans working and living in France. Born and educated in Brussels, Belgium, Luk (pronounced “Luke”) is fluent in English, Dutch and French.
Luk served as an ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church for six years before being received into the Episcopal Church in 2005. He is an eager learner. His study in Theology, spirituality and church leadership has been especially rewarding to him. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology and Liturgy from Catholic University in Louvain, Belgium in 2003.
Reflecting on both his earlier work at Christ Church and his current experience as Trinity’s Rector, Luk notes: “I have learned to be flexible and understand that we are becoming and are not a finished product. This frame of reference has allowed me to see the joy and humor in the process and to be certain that anything I as the Rector or we as a community accomplish is only possible through the beating wings of the Holy Spirit. I have learned to work with passion and strategy, but not to take myself too seriously. There is a great God after all. And the parish grows.”