Clergy and Vestry
The Rev. Victor H. Morgan is the founding rector of St. Luke’s Church, Blue Ridge. He conducted the first service on June 7, 1987. His early years were spent in Jackson, Miss. He holds a BA degree in English from Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., and trained for the ordained ministry at St. Joseph’s Theological College, Berkeley, CA.
Since 2000 he has done additional theological study (continuing education) at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, England. Prior to moving to Blue Ridge, Mr. Morgan did clinical-pastoral training at Bryce Mental Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala. His hobbies include reading, hiking and punting (when in England). He is passionate about proclaiming the Good News both inside and outside the walls of the parish church.
Rev. Victor H. Morgan
Rector of St. Luke's
Deacon Tony and his wife, Sheila, have been members of St. Luke’s since 1997. After serving many years as the Church Verger, Tony was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in June 2018.
Rev. Mr. W.A. "Tony" McConnell
I lived in Augusta, Ga. most of my life, born an Army brat at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri. I attended Augusta Technical College, with an Associate degree in Electronic Technology. I started a career in Substation Maintenance at Georgia Power in Augusta in 1976 (when IT didn’t have much IT stuff). I transferred to Southern Company Services in the 80’s and worked at Plant Vogtle Unit 1&2 in Waynesboro, then to Nuclear Construction at Vogtle 3&4, and retired in 2017 after 41 years of service. Kathryn and I then moved to Blue Ridge. We have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. I started attending St. Luke’s in 2018. My hobbies include photography, Amateur Radio, and playing bass.
Jim Noblett - Junior Warden
Pat Dearing - Senior Warden
A long time ago, Lauren was born in Murray, KY, and lived a nomadic life until finishing her Master’s Degree in audiology and moving to SC to practice. In 1991 she moved to Griffin, GA .
After retirement, she and husband, Bob, started a nice vacation home in Blairsville. About halfway through the building, they decided God wanted them full-time in the mountains, so they sold their house “down the mountain.”
Her religious up bringing was in various non-liturgical denominations, with her first exposure to the 1928 Prayer Book in her young childhood. She and Bob feel blessed to have found St. Luke’s, to be able to continue worshipping in that tradition, and to do so with such great people!
Lauren Burgreen - Member
Bill was born in this area and has lived in downtown Blue Ridge most of his life. He is currently a member of the science faculty of Tri-County Community College.
Prior to this he drove a truck, worked in the oil business, built nuclear weapons in Colorado, ran a service station and taught at a school for troubled teens.
His hobbies include studying history and science, backpacking and target shooting.
Bill Trotter - Member
D.J. was born and raised in Central New York State. He gave 4 years to the U.S. Air Force and then graduated from the University of West Florida. That prepared him for his next 10 years in Atlanta with a major international CPA firm.
He started his own CPA firm in suburban Atlanta, which he ran for 25 years before selling the business to his son and partner. To keep his skills sharp, he still consults at the firm when needed. He also taught Accounting and Tax courses at Georgia University for the better part of a decade.
His volunteer work has been continuous since 1975 for churches, church-related organizations, associations of churches, and taught adult Sunday Schools.
D.J. was married to Pat for 51 years, but she passed away in 2019. He remains the proud father of four children and nine grandchildren.
D.J. Fulton - Treasurer