Emily Lukanich received her Masters in Divinity degree from the
The Reverend Emily Anderson Lukanich
Emily Anderson Lukanich is the daughter of military personnel who landed in Charleston, South Carolina, for the balance of her youth. The eldest child of three, she grew up on the beach in a resort destination similar to the lifestyle of the Vail Valley. A graduate of the University of Illinois-Champaign in French literature, she felt a calling in her mid-20s.
After marriage to her husband Christopher and now a mother of two, she received her Masters in Divinity degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 2014. Lukanich arrives in the Vail Valley from Blacksburg, Virginia, where she is currently curate for the Christ Church congregation. Lukanich and her husband were both teachers for several years before she left the profession for the seminary.
As Director of Pastoral Care, Denise assists clergy in pastoral
Director of Pastoral Care
As Director of Pastoral Care, Denise assists clergy in pastoral care duties serving the ECOT congregation. She also trains members to be pastoral caregivers and manages a Care Team who provide this service on a regular basis. Denise also serves as Staff Hospital Chaplain for Vail Valley Medical Center and Shaw Regional Cancer Center and teaches the Theology of Social Ethics and Social Justice to junior high school students at Vail Christian High School. Denise was a bank executive before becoming a hospital chaplain about five years ago. Her training includes a Master’s Certificate in Chaplaincy, Master’s of Science in Social Work, Master’s of Theological Studies, Bachelor’s in Biblical studies.
Rector The Reverend Stuart Brooks Keith III, or simply Father
The Reverend Stuart Brooks Keith, III
The Reverend Stuart Brooks Keith III, or simply Father Brooks, hails from Tampa, Florida. Following a tenure in professional youth ministry in Orlando, Florida, Father Brooks graduated from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 1992, married his wife Julie Papa Keith shortly afterwards and was called to Golden, Colorado as a new priest.
He was called to Transfiguration as Associate Priest in 1995 and named Rector in 1998. Father Brooks enjoys leading a dynamic, growing congregation while providing leadership in the diocesan and national levels of the Episcopal Church. He enjoys the Rocky Mountains with his wife and two daughters while remaining an avid reader and fan of science fiction, fantasy and everything Scottish.
Deacon Steve is a retired actuary who formerly was a
The Reverend Steve Baird
Steve is a retired actuary who formerly was a consultant to major corporate pension plans. Since moving to the Valley in 2002, he has been involved in mission and outreach ministry with youth and adults, hospital chaplaincy and pastoral ministry. He was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons in 2010.
Steve and his wife, Karen, reside in Cordillera and have three children and four grandchildren. They both enjoy hiking, skiing and golf in their leisure time.
Vicar / Pastor Emeritus Reverend Mark Huggenvik joined the Episcopal
The Reverend Mark G. Huggenvik
Vicar / Pastor
Vicar / Pastor Emeritus
Reverend Mark Huggenvik joined the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration on Dec 1, 2010 as a half time associate pastor. He retired from full time ministry in 2007 after serving ELCA (Lutheran) congregations for over 35 years. He is a Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) and Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN) graduate and has additional training and certification in Intentional Interim Ministry.
He has served congregations in Pasadena, Thousand Oaks and San Clemente, California, Apple Valley, Minnesota as well as Interim Pastor of Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vail, CO. From 1999-2007, he served as the Senior Pastor at American Lutheran Church in Sun City, AZ, one of the 100 largest congregations in the ELCA.
His passion in ministry is preaching, teaching, Bible study and he has been instrumental in planting a mission church in Peoria, AZ and was a founding board member for Many Mansions, a low income housing organization in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Mark has been married to Barbara for 40 years and they have three adult daughters and 4 grandchildren. During the winter months, Mark and Barbara serve as the winter caretakers of the beautiful Beaver Creek Chapel in Beaver Creek, CO. In his free time, Pastor Mark enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, reading and travel. He and Barbara have led several large church group tours to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey and the Greek Isles.