Meet our wardens and vestry members

  • lysbeth marigold - Senior warden

    Living in East Hampton full-time, I find there are not enough hours in the week to accomplish all that I try to do. Currently serving as Vice-Chair of the televised Village Zoning Board, I am doubly proud to be a warden on St. Luke's smart and dedicated Vestry. My ministry also includes serving as a Eucharistic Minister and being the point person for the renovation of the Rectory. Along with my partner and my college-graduate daughter, our family of three is deeply involved in the rich fabric of this church. A life-long writer and traveler, I’ve published 100’s of articles in major magazines as well as three books on the cultural landscape. Until 2002, I spent part of a decade living in Petra, Jordan, excavating ancient tombs and early churches. My most recent accomplishment: researching and producing a book on the history of St. Luke’s, subtitled ‘Where God is Love.’ What keeps us inextricably bound to this beautiful church? It’s the welcoming sense of community and deep spiritual fulfillment, plus the added bonus of an extraordinary minister, that ties us together in faith.

    Email contact for Lys is

  • Holly Thomas Whitmore - Junior Warden

    I am an area local, raised in Wainscott and currently living in Amagansett. I’m also a lifelong congregant of St. Luke’s, having first attended as a child with my parents. St. Luke’s has been a presence in many of my life’s most important moments; I received first Communion here, was married in the Church, my four children, and both of my grandchildren have all been baptized at St. Luke’s. My dedication to St. Luke’s has continued through participation as an active member of the Altar Guild, member of the Outreach Committee, participation in the Brown Bag Lunch Program, volunteer efforts at the annual Summer Fair, and once-upon-a-time as a Sunday School teacher.

  • Chris corwin

    I was brought up in the Episcopal Church. My time at St. Luke's began 8 years ago, when our oldest son Charlie was baptized here. At the time we were living in Manhattan and were weekenders out here. In 2008 my wife Kristin gave birth to our twins (James and Katherine). We continued to live in Manhattan for another year or so but thought that East Hampton offered a great environment for our children to grow up in. St. Luke's was a big part of the reason we moved here. We love being a part of the St. Luke's family. All of our children attend Sunday school here and we feel that the lessons they learn will help them to become better young citizens of our community. St. Luke's gives us so much and I am excited to give back by serving on the Vestry. My faith, compassion and desire to help our community are all part of what I bring to St. Luke's. As a coach of two East Hampton lacrosse teams and a helper on a youth football team I get to see firsthand how the youngsters in our community are doing. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the vestry of our beautiful church. 

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  • Ed Krug

    I started attending St. Luke's in 1997, after moving back to New York from California and becoming a weekender in East Hampton. I had been very inspired by the social and political activism of my former parish in Pasadena, but found a different kind of spiritual home at St. Luke's - a warm and supportive community of faith. In the 16 years since, St. Luke's has evolved and grown to keep pace with our changing world and the increasingly diverse community in East Hampton. For me, St. Luke's is now not only a place for spiritual nourishment, but it is an exciting place engaged with the entire community. We provide hope and inspiration to all, affirming that each of us is a child of God and has a home here. After a 25-year corporate career, I am not a partner in a small marketing firm, allowing me to spend more of my time in this beautiful town we are all privileged to call home. I am involved at St. Luke's as a lay reader, working with the stewardship campaign, and co-chaired the 2012 summer fair, and am honored to now serve as a member of the vestry. 

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  • Mary Laughlin

    I have thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in the church. I first helped with the Garden Tour. It showed me the positive impact St. Luke’s makes in our community.  I was on the Summer Fair committee with the most fantastic people, seeing the lawn filled with all members of the community has been so rewarding.  With my late husband, Sandy, we had the pleasure of serving on the “Music at St. Luke’s” committee, which has been a welcome addition to life at the church, and the village, during the winter months.  St. Luke’s has enriched my faith and made me feel safe. I can only hope to extend that to others. As the liaison for the Art and Architecture Committee we are looking to do some updating on the kneelers and pew cushions in the sanctuary. It has been a pleasure and honor to serve on the Vestry these past four years and I look forward to contributing more in the next two years. Thank you for your support of St. Luke’s.

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  • John Phillips - treasurer

    I have a strong commitment to St. Luke’s mission and ministries and would welcome the opportunity to serve as a Vestry member and Treasurer. In transition to retirement after a 40 year career in investment management, I began to regularly attend the 8 AM Sunday services, beginning in Lent of 2012. Wendy and I had joined St. Luke’s about 10 years ago; she had attended services with her grandmother on summer vacations while she was growing up. When we lived in Massachusetts years ago, I was a member of the Vestry and Chair of the investment committee at the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, MA. I’m very thankful for all that I’ve learned from Rev. Brunelle and for the warm welcome from the members of St. Luke’s that I’ve come to know. 

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  • Clif thorn

    I am honored to be on the vestry of St. Luke! s Church. I can think of no better way to serve the church, our diocese, our community, and God. My current involvement in the life of St. Luke! s is as co-chair of the grounds committee, lay reader, greeter, and vestry clerk. I graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Theatre and a minor in Business. My professional life has been a mirror of those endeavors having formerly been an actor on Broadway, TV, and film, and for the last 13 years, a real estate broker in Manhattan. Both of these career pursuits require excellent communication skills, marketing expertise, and dogged persistence, all of which can be useful as a member of the vestry. I’m looking forward to doing my part in keeping St. Luke’s the healthy, vibrant community of faith it is known to be. 

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  • Ruth Ann Wood McSpadden

    Ruth Ann grew up in New Jersey worshipping at Christ Church in Shrewsbury, NJ where her family was active in the church. Her mother revived the choir where they both then sang; her father served on the vestry and all three brothers served as acolytes. Ruth Ann graduated from Skidmore College as a music education major and moved to NYC to pursue a career in fashion merchandising and product development. She met her husband Jack on a business trip to London and they married in 1979. They are fortunate to have 3 wonderful children. Ruth Ann has headed up her own interior design firm for 20 years and has served on the boards of many organizations including the board and execs of the NY Junior League, the Board of Women Managers for Babies Hospital and currently serves on the board of the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center. She believes that giving time, talent and support to others in need is a fundamental part of her Christian faith and is looking forward to continuing that journey in outreach and programs that expand the ministry at St. Luke's. 

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  • Fran Graham

    I grew up here in East Hampton and went on to college in West Virginai where I met my husband Steve. Steve and I were married at St. Luke’s Church in 1983. We had three boys who are all grown-up, and I am also a proud grandmother of two. I was the Director of the East Hampton Neighborhood House Early Learning program for 28 years, retiring in 2014. I am on the Board of Directors of the East Hampton Neighborhood House as well as Travis Field Memorial Scholarship Committee, to help raise scholarships for East Hampton High School graduates. I have been employed at Van Dyke & Hand CPA firm for the past 15 years, first as a part-time and now full time. I have over the years taught Sunday school at St. Luke’s when my boys were little. I have since returned to teaching Sunday school for the past 3 years and love being an active member of St. Luke’s Church. I’m looking forward to working on the Vestry to help spread the good work we do here at St. Luke’s and for our community.    Contact Fran at

  • Janie Miller

    I began my journey in the Episcopal Church while living in Charleston, South Carolina. I attended what is now Grace Cathedral. There I found a thriving community of faith based Friends. I joined the flower guild and volunteered each year at our annual fund raising event. Over the last 45 years I have enjoyed a career in the Decorative Arts. And for 7 years I was on the board of Pathway's Greenwich, a mental health agency which houses the severely mentally ill. Arriving in East Hampton to live full time brought me to St Luke's Church. Once again I discovered a wonderful community of faith and warmth. It is my honor to be nominated for St. Luke's Vestry. I will take my responsibilities very seriously.

  • Hugh Tilney

    I was born and spent the first 45 years of my life in the UK. In 1987 I moved to New York and met and married  Helene, my wife. I spent the first 25 years of his professional life in insurance at Lloyd's of London. After the move to New York, I was Chief Operating Officer of an investment management company from which I retired four years ago. Most recently, here at St. Luke’s I am a member of the Finance Committee, have attended this parish for many years and am impressed with the forward movement of our congregation in welcoming all people into our midst. I will do my best to contribute my ideas and care for St. Luke’s during my term on the Vestry.

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