Our Staff

Rev. Ruth A. Popkin 



Pastor Ruth joined the staff of St. Luke United Lutheran Church in April of 2018.  She grew up in Worcester, MA, and is a lifelong Lutheran.  Pastor Ruth is a 2009 graduate of Valparaiso University and 2013 graduate of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (now United Lutheran Seminary).  Pastor Ruth is married to Alex, and together they have a son and a chihuahua mix dog, Rascal. 

In her spare time, Pastor Ruth enjoys reading, scrapbooking, being a mom to David and Rascal, and supporting her alma mater. 

You can contact her at pastor@stlukeunitedlutheran.org 

Pastor's Office Hours: Wednesday & Friday from 10am until 4pm, on call for emergencies.



Lucy Oshinski 

Administrative Assistant


Lucy started as the Administrative Assistant for St. Luke United Lutheran in August 2021. She grew up in Illinois, and moved to Indiana when she got married 6 years ago. She takes care of the day to day business at St. Luke United on the days that Pastor Ruth is not available. She is the one you would contact to set up access to the building outside of normal office hours. 

Lucy's office hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am to 3pm. 





Katie Perham

Production Assistant


Katie is the Administrative Assistant for Bethlehem Lutheran, our sister congregation, but she also takes care of producing our weekly service bulletins and our, joint with Bethlehem, monthly newsletter, The Beacon.

She was born & raised in Chesterton. She is now raising her own family there with her husband, Bob. Her three daughters are volleyball players and she enjoys helping coach the younger girls’ teams. In her free time, Katie enjoys exploring the National Parks, photography, cooking & reading.

Katie works out of Bethlehem Lutheran Church's office, but you can contact her for St. Luke United Lutheran Church business by calling 219.926.5596 or by emailing her at office@blcin.com.

Katie's hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9am to 2pm.


Diana Richmond 

Organist/Music Director


Diana is the organist at St. Luke United, and has been "on the bench" for many years. 

You may contact her by calling the church office at 219.879.9415. 



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