Who We Are
We are a parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island and The Episcopal Church which in turn is a member of the Anglican Communion. These associations link us with 75 million people in more than 31 countries. The Anglican Communion is composed of churches which are historically linked to The Church of England. Our worship is guided by the Book of Common Prayer which shapes the order of service. Although revised from time to time over the centuries, this order of service has been in use for more than 450 years. Each Sunday we celebrate the Holy Eucharist, a service of Thanksgiving and Communion, which originated with Jesus’s last supper with his disciples. His commandment to them was “do this in remembrance of me” and we, along with Christians throughout the world, have continued to build community around this tradition. In the Eucharist, we read and reflect upon Holy Scripture, offer our prayers and praises to Almighty God and share in the Holy Communion.
The people of this parish represent the diversity of our city. We are multicultural, multiracial, senior citizens and new-born babies; we are married couples, single individuals, and persons in domestic partnerships; we are native-born Americans and immigrants from a host of foreign countries. What we have in common is our desire to share God’s unconditional love and to grow in our own faith.
In addition to worship, our principal activities include, Education, Service, Outreach, Atrs and Fellowship within the congregation. Members of the parish participate in organizations such as the Choir, The Altar Guild, the International Club, the Rector’s Guild (Episcopal Church Women), and the Social Concerns Committee. In all that we do we try to be faithful to our parish motto, established long ago: Pro Christo et Ecclesia, For Christ and His Church.
The Rev. Michael Sniffen, Rector. Fr. Michael was ordained in 2007 and came to The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew after serving as Assistant Rector of St. John’s, Lattingtown. He previously served three parishes in the Diocese of Newark as Seminarian, Director of Youth and Family Ministry and Assistant to the Rector.
Heavily influenced by process and liberation theology, Fr. Michael understands the gospel of Jesus Christ to be a prophetic word of freedom, justice and reconciliation in a world fraught with division and oppression.
Asked what the primary work of the church is in our time, Fr. Michael said, “to preach good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives and set at liberty all those who are oppressed! This is the essence of Christ’s redeeming work as it is summed up in Luke 4:18-19. The proclamation of this message and the actions that flow from it are the work of the body of Christ in this broken world.”
Among Fr. Michael’s spiritual disciplines are: sailing, theater, music, running, the Daily Office and the exercise of a good sense of humor!
Fr. Michael holds a B.A. from W.V. Wesleyan College and Master of Divinity and Philosophy degrees from Drew University. He is a candidate for Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies and Homiletics writing on the topic of preaching and social change in urban contexts. A visiting member of the American Academy of Religion, the Academy of Homiletics and the North American Academy of Liturgy, Fr. Michael has won awards in Pulpit Oratory and Manner, as well as pastoral leadership and innovative ministry. He was a steward to the 2008 Lambeth Conference working primarily on the worship team. For the 2011/12 academic year he was a Luce Fellow of the Center for Christianity in Global Contexts. Fr. Michael has been vice-Chair of the Episcopal Response to AIDS. He currently serves as Vice-President of the Board of Camp DeWolfe and as a member of the Racial Justice Advisory Council of the Brooklyn Community Foundation. He teaches on the faculty of The Mercer School of Theology and as an Adjunct Professor of Worship, Preaching and the Arts at Drew University.
Fr. Michael and his wife Joanna live in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with their two whippets, Millie and Odette.
Mr. Robert C. Rogers, Organist and Choirmaster. Mr. Rogers is a native of Florida. He holds degrees from the University of Tampa, the University of South Florida, and the University of Illinois. He has given recitals throughout the United States, Canada and the West Indies with numerous operatic and concert stars, as well as the male quartet Songfellows.
Critics claim he “makes accompanying an art unto itself…playing even the most difficult passages with ease” and demonstrating sensitivity in the realms of both opera and art song. He can be heard on the RCA, Concord and RUA record labels.
He is former Music Director the New York Opera Ensemble; former Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master for the Illinois Opera Theater and the Lake George Opera Festival. He is currently on the staff of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts and works with the New York City Youth Opera.Â He also travels extensively conducting choral workshops.
Mr. Rogers has been the Organist and Choirmaster for the past 25 years. Every Sunday at St. Luke and St. Matthew one is privileged to hear an eclectic rendition of fine music. The Chancel Choir won “Best Chancel Choir” in 1999 at Hicks Christmas Music Competition- under Mr. Rogers superb direction.