Meet the Clergy and Staff
The Reverend Dana Lockhart - Priest in Charge
The Reverend Dana Lockhart comes to St. John’s after serving rural congregations in North and South Dakota, as well as the Lutheran and Episcopal campus ministry at the University of Kentucky. He is excited to be serving St. John’s parish, with its rich history, friendly people, beautiful building, wonderful choir and commitment to service. He resides in Versailles, along with his wife, Rebecca, and their daughter Beatrice.
Fr. Dana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in German and Religious Studies from Western Kentucky University, a Master of Arts in German from the University of Kentucky, and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. He has experience teaching high school and college German. He studied abroad as a foreign exchange student in Germany during high school, and went on to do undergraduate work at the University College of Teacher Education in Vienna and graduate work at the University of Salzburg.
Fr. Dana is passionate about ecumenism and partnerships among churches to work toward greater unity. He has broad experience in worship leadership, having preached in over 30 congregations since 2011. He believes in the power of preaching and Christian education to transform individuals and communities through sharing the “good news” of God’s love and mercy.
The Reverend Emily Cardwell - Deacon
Owen Sammons - Choir Director, Organist
Parish Secretary - Kathy Sparrow
Kathy began working at St. Johns in August 1997 and has served four Rector/Preist-in-Charge clergy and three Interim Rectors. She was born and raised in Versailles.
She is active in community theatre; acting, dancing, singing, designing sets, props, costumes for many shows in Woodford County and other Kentucky venues. Kathy is a Certified Expanded Duties Dental Assistant and worked for a local dentist for many years.
Her children are grown, but she stays active cooking, gardening, sewing, and decorating for friends and family.