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.

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.

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Mother 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 will be transitioning this month from her work here and as a chaplain at Swedish Hospital to begin a new role as the Vicar at St. Antony’s Egypt in Silverdale. We wish her all the best!



The Rev. Ivar Hillesland

Ordained in the Lutheran Church (ELCA), Ivar serves as the pastor of Church of the Apostles in Seattle, WA, a joint mission of the Diocese of Olympia and the Northwest Washington Synod.  He holds a BA from Pacific Lutheran University, an MDiv from Yale Divinity School and a Certificate of Advanced Theological Studies from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Ivar teaches early childhood music at two preschools as well as family-child classes through his Stomping Ground Music Together school. He is also the music leader at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ballard.  Ivar is a proud graduate of the College for Congregational Development and is particularly interested in congregational singing, creative worship and Lutheran/Episcopal dialogue.

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Edible Hope Interim Director

Daniel Wolff

Daniel is the new Program Director for Edible Hope Kitchen. He is originally from Chicago and has spent the last decade working in organic agriculture and digital communications. He moved to Seattle in March 2020 and started a small, organic produce company called Underground Produce, serving Seattle-area food banks. He holds a BA in Rhetoric from The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Nonprofit Management through the University of Washington. Daniel holds a passion for food justice and believes fresh, organic produce should be available to all. He is both excited and honored to serve Edible Hope Kitchen. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, surfing, and playing music.

Edible Hope Kitchen Manager

Emilie Han

Emilie Han grew up in Seattle and is a lifelong Episcopalian. She graduated from Western Washington University with a major in Political Science. After college she spent a year in New York City as a member of the Episcopal Service Corps where she served as the mission intern at St James’ Church. She has been the Kitchen Manager of Edible Hope since fall 2020.

Office Administrator

Kristen Daley Mosier holds an MDiv from Fuller Seminary Northwest and is working on a PhD from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Theology and Ethics. In addition to compiling the bulletins and newsletters each week, she occasionally preaches at St. Luke’s.

Brian Bennett, Caretaker
Carol Rhodes, Groundskeeper