Our Pastors

Pastor David Tatgenhorst


Pastor David has been lead pastor of St. Luke since July 1996. He is married to Catherine McCoubrey, a school psychologist. They have a son, Elijah, who currently works at Whole Foods in Wynnewood.

Pastor David graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1986 with academic honors. Before coming to St. Luke, David served churches in South Philadelphia and then in West Philadelphia, where he and Catherine still live.

Previous to seminary, David worked as a community organizer in various neighborhoods in Philadelphia. He has a passion for building community, combating racism, and creating meaningful ritual and liturgy. 

Pastor David is on the board of POWER, People Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild, an interfaith coalition of congregations around the regions. He co-chairs POWER Main Line, of which St. Luke is a founding member. 

Pastor Joanne Miles,

Deacon of Social Justice Ministries

Pastor Joanne is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist church, serving at St Luke since July of 2017.   She also is a senior financial leader at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.


PastorJoanne, a lifetime Methodist, felt God’s call to ministries of social justice and to bring her gifts of financial advisory to the church.   She attended Lutheran Seminary of Philadelphia (now called United Lutheran Seminary) and has an MBA in Healthcare Administration from St. Joseph’s University.

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 As a Deacon, she sees the importance of connecting the hurts of the world to the church and the church to those needs.


She serves on the South District Committee on Ordained Ministry as Registrar; provides her financial consultation services to local churches and social justices agencies in creating future sustainability.   Joanne served as the Co-Finance Chair for national board of Methodist Federation for Social Action and currently serves as co-convenor for the local regional office.


Here at St. Luke, she serves in the worship service in traditional ways and brings creative ways to experience God into our worship, in social justice ministries, assists in leading Bible Study, and congregational care.  She, also, preaches occasionally throughout the year.