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St. Luke’s Church is a worship centre in the Anglican Parish of Toukley-Budgewoi, and was built in 1962, with the foundation stone being laid by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle on the 20th May. The Revd. George Mullins was the Rector of Wyong at the time of the laying of St. Luke’s foundation stone.

Originally this Parish and worship centre were part of the Parish of Wyong which was formed in 1914, but as the Central Coast developed and the area grew, it was decided to create a ‘Provisional Pastoral District of Wyong’ under the pastoral care of the Revd. John Adam: the then rector of Wyong. The Revd. Geoff Rowney took on pastoral oversight of St. Luke’s up until The Parish of Toukley-Budgewoi was created in 1979.

In December 1979, Fr. Roy Hazlewood became the first Rector of the Parish of Toukley’Budgewoi. In 1992 he oversaw the construction of the Parish Centre; the building containing the hall, office, kitchen facilities and Op Shop. Fr. Roy remained the parish priest of St. Luke’s until his retirement in 1994.

Fr. Walter Hancock became parish priest in 1994 and continued until his retirement in 1996.

Fr. Rod Bower was commissioned in Aug. 1996 and remained the parish priest until Sept. 1999 when he was appointed to the Parish of Gosford.

Fr. Graeme Sturt was commissioned on the 23rd Jan. 2000 and remained parish priest until 6th Jan. 2006 when he was appointed to the Parish of Cardiff.

The Rev. Ann Watson was commissioned on the 11th July 2006 and continued until her retirement on the 24th Jan. 2010.

St. Luke’s then hit a period of turmoil and entered into its ‘wilderness years’. During this time the parish was administered by two locum tenens: Fr. Lyle Hughes and the Rev. Trish Caddis.

On the 17th Jan. 2013, the Revd. Fr. Walter Firth was commissioned to the Parish with the intent of building up the church, supporting and growing its ministry. St. Luke’s has entered into numerous programmes and outreach ministries to better engage with, and share the Gospel to, the wider community the makes up the Parish of Toukley-Budgewoi.