Rosemary Lukens, Ruling Elder for Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, Wash., was elected Moderator of the EPC’s 42nd General Assembly on June 22.
In her opening remarks, Lukens told the Assembly that the EPC “does not just have a mission—we are on mission: to carry out the Great Commission of Jesus as Presbyterian, Reformed, Evangelical and Missional.”
“We say we aspire to be a Revelation 7:9 denomination,” she said. “The time for aspiration is gone. Now is the time to live Revelation 7:9. If we truly are Reformed—truly are Evangelical—then how is that showing up in our churches, our Presbyteries, and our own personal lives? If you are not on Jesus’ mission, then you are robbing Him of His inheritance. Live out your calling as Evangelical—be evangelistic—by reaching your sphere of influence with the good news that saved your life and soul.”
Lukens reminded the Assembly that American culture has changed to the point that “being a Christian is no longer acceptable. We are aliens, strangers to the values and culture in which we live.”
Yet she emphasized that “our beliefs do not change with the culture. What we believe in Jesus never changes, just as He never changes.”
Lukens is a Registered Nurse by training and holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science with a specialty in Coaching and Consulting in Organizations from Bastyr University’s Leadership Institute of Seattle. She holds certifications in the Conflict Dynamics Profile from the Center for Dynamics; Crucial Conversations from VitalSmarts, Inc.; The Harrison Assessment (Levels I & II) from Harrison Assessments International; the DISC Index from Innermetrix, Inc.; Benchmarks 360 from the Center for Creative Leadership; Coaching for Development from the Center for Creative Leadership; the Kolb Learning Style Inventory from the Hay Group; and the Mayer, Salovey, Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) from Multi-Health Systems, Inc.
An Executive Coach with extensive leadership development experience in health care and nonprofit organizations, Lukens has helped a diverse array of physicians, executive leaders, managers, and their staff members with relationships, strategy, and goal setting. She also has assisted such non-profit organizations as hospitals, physician groups, city governments, universities, and churches adopt practices and build cultures that appreciate and embrace change, improve performance, and optimize talent. Her areas of professional expertise include coaching and consulting with individual developmental planning; conflict reconciliation; leadership development for teams and individuals; program and curriculum development; and workshop, meeting, and classroom facilitation.
In addition to being a Ruling Elder, she serves CHPC as a certified Spiritual Director, Lay Counselor, and Leadership Coach/Consultant. She is a member of the EPC’s National Leadership Team (NLT) and was a member of the Stated Clerk Search Committee. She also serves as a volunteer board member with VitalChurch Ministries.
She is married to David Lukens, DO, and they have 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 3 “adopted” grandchildren.