On January 6, the Feast of Epiphany, the vestry of St. Luke's announced that the Rev. Brit Bjurstrom Frazier, M.Div., will become rector at St. Luke’s in April.
Mother Brit is currently associate rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, where in addition to preaching and celebrating the Eucharist she has built up children’s and youth ministries, established a summer camp, and provided pastoral care for parishioners and families. Before her call to St. Mark’s in 2021, she was associate rector for liturgy and formation at All Saints’, Chevy Chase, Maryland, where in addition to liturgical responsibilities she led adult education, including multiple courses, lecture series, book clubs, scripture studies and a Spiritual Classics Reading Group.
Mother Brit is a graduate of Wellesley College and Virginia Theological Seminary where she received her Master of Divinity in 2019. She has a deep interest in foreign languages, speaks French and Spanish and can read and write in Latin and classical Greek. Before entering seminary she was employed as project manager at Marvel Entertainment in Burbank, Calif.
While she has lived her adult life on the west and east coasts, Brit has deep Wisconsin and Sister Bay roots. She was born in Milwaukee, raised in Cedarburg, and spent summers in Sister Bay, where her parents have a summer home.
Mother Brit is married to Mark Frazier, an actor and professional carpenter. In her spare time she enjoys camping, reading history, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, cycling, fitness, Star Trek, and making rosaries.
Though she officially begins at St. Luke’s April 1, her first Sunday with the parish will be April 16. Watch for opportunities to get to know her over tea and elsewhere and be sure to give her and Mark a warm St. Luke’s welcome! Bishop. Matt Gunter will preside at her formal institution on a date to be announced.
The Rt. Rev. Matthew Gunter, bishop of the Diocese of Fond du Lac has issued the following Christmas message.
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The vestry of St. Luke's has confirmed the Search Committee's recommendation for calling a new rector, and issued the call, and the candidate has accepted. In a message to the congregation December 1, the vestry said the candidate has accepted the call and will join St. Luke's sometime in April. The vestry is holding back on releasing more information--such as the person's gender, age, current parish and diocese--until the person has had the opportunity to inform her or his congregation.
In the statement, the vestry said "Watch for more information in early January, when we will share name, bio and more exciting details about what promises to be a wonderful new chapter at St. Luke's!"
St. Luke's has been in a search for a new rector since the retirement of the Rev. Barbara Sajna in January 2021. During the search the congregation has been served by interim rector, the Rev. Frank Maxwell.
In keeping with diocesan guidelines, in-person worship has resumed in the church nave. Masks are not required for those vaccinated, but recommended for those who have not received both vaccination units. Attendance limits have been lifted, and online signup has ceased.
Services are Sunday at 9 am and 10 am. A fellowship time is held outside the main entrance between services.
St. Luke's rector, the Rev. Barbara Sajna, retired January 24, 2021 after 16 years of service with the parish. Serving as interim rector for the next 12 to 18 months will be the Rev. Frank Maxwell, a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who lives in Sturgeon Bay with his wife Mary. Maxwell, who has served as interim at the ELCA congregation Shepherd of the Bay in Door County, began his ministry at St. Luke's January 25.
Maxwell served as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church on Washington Island for eight years, and served on the board of Door County Community Foundation. When visiting their vacation home in Key West, Florida he and his wife attend St. Paul's Episcopal Church. He has assisted there and in 2017 served as supply priest.