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.


Our Leaders

The Reverend Julie M. Hoplamazian, Rector

Reverend Hoplamazian is a Philadelphia native. She holds a B.S. in Music Education from Gettysburg College and spent several years teaching music both in the classroom and in a private studio before attending Princeton Theological Seminary, where she received her Master of Divinity.  After graduating from Princeton, Julie moved to New York and served in the Diocesan office of the Armenian Orthodox Church as the Coordinator of College Ministry.  In 2010, she followed God’s call to ordained ministry and joined the Episcopal Church. She was ordained as a priest in the Diocese of Long Island in 2012. Julie comes to SLSM having served, since her ordination, as the Associate Rector of Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights.

In her spare time, Julie keeps up her creative side, practicing her plie’s in the ballet studio and her scales at the piano, or trying new vegan recipes in the kitchen with her husband, Jeremy.  Julie and Jeremy are animal lovers; you might hear a bark coming from the Rectory every now and then from their dog Takouhi (“queen” in Armenian), a rescued Australian Shepherd mutt. All three of them love calling Brooklyn “home” and are very excited to continue to make their home here. Julie is humbled and excited to be called as the next Rector of the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew.


The Reverend John Shirley, Curate

Father John grew up in Western Pennsylvania.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Father JohnEnglish from Bloomsburg University and a Master’s Degree in Theology from the University of Scranton.  He began his discernment process for the priesthood in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania and began seminary study at General Seminary in the Fall of 2014 graduating in May 2017.  During his three years at GTS, he worked in two churches in the Diocese, Trinity-St. John, Hewlett and St. Mark’s Jackson Heights.  In 2016, he interned with the Diocese and Bishop of Puerto Rico.

In his free time, John loves to cook and bake.  He also enjoys reading history and anthropology books, gardening and exploring new places.  You may even see him walking around the neighborhood just taking in the sights.


Gabriel Evans, Interim Organist     

A native of Kentucky, Gabriel holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Choral Education and Piano Performance from Eastern Kentucky University.   There, he studied piano with Dr. Richard Crosby and Dr. Rachel Taylor.  In 2016, Mr. Evans earned his Master’s of Music in Sacred Music and Organ Performance.  During his time there, he was privileged to study organ with Dr. Schuyler Robinson and choral conducting with Dr. Jeff Johnson.  Mr. Evans obtained his AGO Service Playing Certificate in 2017. 

Prior to this post at St. Luke and St. Matthew, Gabriel was Director of Music Ministries at Union Church, Berea, Kentucky from 2014-2018. Under his direction, the choir auditioned and was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall for the world premiere of Mark Hayes’ Hodie Christus Natus Est on November 26, 2018. Mr. Evans was also Applied Instructor of Piano and Staff Accompanist at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky from 2016-2018; Conductor of the Madison Singers Community Choir, Richmond, Kentucky from 2016-2018; and Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church, Winchester, Kentucky from 2011-2014. 

Throughout his professional career, Gabriel has served as Accompanist, Organist, Choir Director, and Handbell Choir Director for several churches, and frequently concertizes with piano and organ performances. Gabriel’s most recent performance series included the 2018 Berea College European Choir Tour where he accompanied the concert choir and presented solo organ concerts at St. Anastasia Cathedral in Zadar, Croatia and Ursuline Church of the Holy Trinity in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Mr. Evans also travels extensively to serve as a guest clinician and adjudicator for various musical events.  

In his free time, you will always find Gabriel with a book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.  He loves to be outdoors, explore new areas, and travel any chance that he can get.  


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