Reverend Linda Anderson-Little
Pastor: Reverend Linda Anderson-Little
Pastor Linda has a passion for making God’s love real in everyday life, equipping people with spiritual practices, and creating a place that is radically welcoming. Pr. Linda joined St. Luke’s in March of 2018. Ordained in 1989, Pr. Linda has served inner-city, urban, and suburban congregations in Detroit, Kansas City and St. Louis before relocating to Texas. She is a dynamic worship leader and preacher and has brought a new energy to St. Luke’s with her relevant messages and caring spirit. Community connections are an important part of Pr. Linda’s ministry, as the Church looks for ways to support social justice and anti-racism work in the Richardson community.
In addition to being a pastor, Pr. Linda has her Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis and offers spiritual direction as an affiliate director of the Retreat House in Richardson. She is also an author, and published Motherhood Calling: Experiencing God in Everyday Family Life in late 2016 which won the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Christian Non-Fiction (available on Amazon). You can follow her blog at soulstorywriter.net. Linda is married to Dan, a Presbyterian pastor. They have three young adult children, and she enjoys spending time with them, reading, walking, traveling, and eating Dan’s cooking.
Director of Music Ministry
Dale has been serving as Director of Music Ministries here since 2012, first as the interim and then the Director.
He comes with a wealth of talent and experience as a Senior Lecturer in the Voice in the Meadows School of Arts at SMU where he has been since 2005. Dale is a highly successful voice teacher and coach who has trained singing actors in their craft for over twenty-five years. He has served on the vocal faculties of the University of California at Santa Barbara and Texas State University as well as the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies (Aldeburgh, England), the International Institute of Vocal Arts (Tel Aviv, Israel), the Bel Canto Institute (Santa Barbara), the International Vocal Arts Institute (Tampa, Florida) and the Sommerakademie Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria). For twelve years in New York City Dietert had an accomplished private voice studio. In addition, he served as assistant conductor for Connecticut Grand Opera and Elysian Opera, was artistic director for the concert series Supper & Song and produced community outreach concerts for The American Theatre Wing. Dale's students have sung in all the major opera houses in the nation and across Europe including The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, The Dallas Opera, and more, as well as opera houses in Barcelona, Brussels, Amsterdam and others.
Dietert's students not only appear on the operatic stage, but also on Broadway and regional theatre. In addition, his students continue to win major national and international awards. His student Mary Dunleavy, soprano, was awarded The Maria Callas Debut Award with The Dallas Opera. Equally at home as a collaborative pianist with vocalists in recital, Dietert has appeared throughout North America and Europe, on all of the major concert stages in New York City and has toured under the auspices of Young Concert Artists. A highlight of his career was the collaboration with one of his mentors, the late French baritone Gérard Souzay, in the penultimate recital of his singing career at the Mozarteum during the Salzburg Festival.
St. Luke's could not be more blessed to have such a talented musician serving here, but one with such passion, deep faith and the ability to work with everyone with such a gracious and loving spirit.
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My name is Verallen Edwards-Singletary but you can call me Lyn. I am not only the Administrative Assistant for St Luke’s, but also the Children’s Minister at First United Methodist in Mesquite Texas where I am a member. I am also a volunteer for the American Red Cross where I have received the Presidential Gold Award for hours served. I am a mother of 6 and Nana 8 grandchildren and consider them all miracles. I have grown up in the church with my father being a Chapel manager and Pastor as well as my mother being an organist and choir director and I would not have it any other way.
John hales from Dallas, Texas and has lived here his whole life. He was in the grocery business for 27 years. John has been married to Lois for 39 years and they have one son. In his free time John is always helping others with jobs around their homes. He and Lois are members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dallas. John has been the custodian at St. Luke's since 2012; he is loyal, and hard-working, and will help you with anything you need.
Joy loves children and will bless your child with a Christ-like embrace in St. Luke's Nursery. She is grandma herself, and is always taking care of others, whatever their needs. When not in the Nursery, Joy can be found in the kitchen where she cooks for many of St. Luke's Congregational Life events or puts together Hunger Helper lunches. Whenever you are in Joy's space, there is nourishment, healing, and love.
Great Achievers Preschool Director
Carol has been in Early Childhood Education for 45 years and worked as a preschool Director for 35 of those years. She was born and raised in Richardson, where she raised her two daughters. Both of them, Andrea and Kara work with her in the preschool, so care-giving and education run in the family. Carol helped to renovate the education wing at St. Luke's to open this preschool which began in August, 2019. Learn more at https://greatachieverspreschool.com/.