Clergy

Vicar The Rev. Canon Britt Olson

Welcome to St. Luke’s Church in Ballard where we seek to love our neighbors as God loves us all. Our neighborhood is rich in diversity and so are we. Together we are pilgrims on a spiritual journey, growing in faith, hope and love. Here you will find food along the way as well as opportunities to feed others who are hungry. Grow with our garden (the “SLUG”), feed the vulnerable with a daily breakfast and weekly lunch and belong to a community who prays, sings and listens for God each week.

Curate, The Rev. Hillary Kimsey

The Rev. Hillary B. Kimsey hails originally from South Carolina from a loving Southern Baptist family. After graduating from College of Charleston with Bachelor’s degrees in English and Secondary Education, Hillary spent several years as a high school English teacher before she entered seminary. During her years in seminary, Hillary came to St. Paul’s in Bremerton and later was confirmed into the Episcopal Church. She graduated with her Masters of Divinity from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2017. Hillary currently serves as a staff chaplain at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, where she provides spiritual care and emotional support to patients and families of many diverse cultures and backgrounds. She also currently serves as transitional deacon at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Port Orchard. When she isn’t working, you might find Hillary chasing around their beloved Corgi named Booster, reading the latest novel or Wonder Woman comic on her list, or picking out a camping spot or road trip destination to explore with her beloved spouse, Tom. Hillary is excited to learn, serve people, and seek God alongside the people of St. Luke’s!

Priest Associates

The Rev. Mary Petty Anderson

The Rev. Mary Petty Anderson comes to St. Luke’s from Bainbridge Island, where she was Associate Priest at Grace for 10 years. Before that, Mary worked as Assistant with Randy Gardner at Emmanuel, Mercer Island.
After seminary at E.T.S.S., Austin, she was ordained in the Diocese of Western Louisiana by Bob Hargrove and was the first woman to serve at the altars and pulpits in that region. Also licensed as a Jungian-oriented professional counselor, Mary showed up in Seattle for a mental health conference in 2003 and never left. In church life, her strengths lie in preaching, liturgy, teaching, and pastoral care. In secular life, her passions include her children and grandchildren, the performing arts, books, searching for beauty in any guise, and finding joy in the unknown.

The Rev. Blaine Hammond

Blaine Hammond grew up in Washington, where he graduated from High School (Roosevelt) and University (UW) after also attending UPS and Seattle Central Community College. He had seminary training at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO, and at CDSP in Berkeley, CA. He was ordained in Denver as a deacon in1988 and a priest in 1989. He has served congregations in Lyons and Castle Rock in Colorado, in Seaview in Washington, and in Ben Lomond in California. He has also done volunteer work in several other congregations in California and Washington. Blaine met his wife, Elizabeth Forbes, in Seattle, where they married in 1965. They have three adult children, two living in Western Washington and one in British Columbia. Blaine has served on a number of committees and is currently on the Homelessness Task Force in the Diocese of Olympia. He retired as of July 1, 2018.

Staff

The Rev. Ivar Hillesland, Musician

Sara Bates, Edible Hope Program Director

Emilie Han, Kitchen Manager