Clergy & Staff

Father Bo Reynolds

Fr Bo is originally from Sacramento, California and grew up in Rochester, New York. 

He attended the University of Rochester, where he participated in Air Force ROTC, graduating in 2012 with a BA in Political Science. The year before he attended seminary, Bo moved to New Haven, Connecticut to be part of the Episcopal Service Corps where he worked as an afterschool program coordinator across the city. He received his Master of Divinity degree in 2017 from Union Theological Seminary and was awarded The Hitchcock Prize in Church History. He was ordained priest in December 2017. 

Bo served as curate and senior associate at The Church of St Luke in the Fields, Manhattan from 2017-2023. He enjoys hiking in the Catskills with his husband Harry and their dog DJ, cooking Japanese food, and traveling. 

 


Joseph J. Occhiuto

Joseph J. Occhiuto was born on an unseasonably warm Ash Wednesday at St. Catherine’s Hospital in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

He was raised with his younger siblings (two brothers and twin sisters); later his family moved to Middle Village, Queens.

Joseph was raised a Roman Catholic and was led by the faithful example of his parents.  After 4 years of studies Joseph was ordained a permanent Deacon for the Brooklyn Diocese on April 25, 1987 and for the following 10 years served at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Williamsburg where he taught adult religious education, ministered to the poor, and counseled those in need.

In 1997 Joseph began his life as an Episcopalian at St. Paul’s in Whitestone, Queens, moved on to St. Paul’s in Carroll Gardens and finally discovered St. Luke’s in Forest Hills, Queens where he increased his involvement in service.  Subsequently Joseph studied at the Mercer School of Theology and on December 5th, 2015 Joseph’s Diaconal Holy Orders were received into The Episcopal Church by Bishop Lawrence C. Provenzano. Subsequently  Bishop Provenzano assigned Joseph to Church of the Ascension where his ministry included the “Greenpoint Community Table” and the Angelmobile Meals of the North Brooklyn Angels.

Joseph is a product of New York City’s public school system, including Grover Cleveland High School and Hunter College.  He began his 25+ year career in advertising at Grey Global Group where he was a Director of Finance.  Joseph is now semi-retired, which permits more time for ministry, and is a manager at Trader Joe’s in Queens.  Joseph’s motto is “Never give up.  Never give in.  Always keep going.  Ours is not to question why.  Ours is to trust in God and not be afraid.”

 


Lauren Butler

Lauren began her time with St. Luke’s as a member of the Gingerbread Players, beginning with “Pygmalion” in 2010. Over the years she’s been in a number of Gingerbread productions, and gradually began attending other parish events. She joined the staff in May 2021.

Originally from New Jersey and a graduate of Penn State University, Lauren moved to Forest Hills with her husband in 2007 on the advice of an article in Time Out New York magazine. (This is true!) She is a mom of two teenagers, an occasional member of St. Luke’s Choir, and is pursuing a career in television and film.

 


Joseph Dinas