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About the West Shore OSL Chapter

A Brief History...

The Order of St. Luke the Physician was begun by Father Banks as a non-profit organization in California in 1902, and is now world wide. The Westlake Chapter was begun by Rev. Roger Perks as follows:

Beginning in 1983, five local Presbyterian Churches had held Annual Healing Conferences each spring. Roger Perks attended the conference in 1999, and presented a workshop on the Order of St. Luke. This resulted in five new members for the OSL -- enough to start a new Chapter of the Order.

The new members met at the Perks' home in April 1999, and met monthly thereafter. In September 1999, the group met at Bay Presbyterian Church, and at that meeting, the Westlake Chapter of the Order was formally established by the Region 4 Warden, David Beckett. Roger Perks and Tom Madden were inducted as Chaplains of the Order. Roger Perks became the Convener and Tom Madden the Chaplain of the new Chapter. The Westlake Chapter met monthly thereafter at Bay Presbyterian Church and continued to grow in membership.

In 2004 the Westlake chapter moved their meetings to St. Barnabas Anglican Church, where it continued to meet until November 2011, when the location was changed to Avon Lake Presbyterian Church, where it meets generally on the fourth Saturday of each month. Bob Andrew replaced Tom Madden as the Chaplain in 2004 and David Ball replaced Roger Perks as the Convener in 2006. David resigned as Convener in September 2008, and Roger Perks then took over as Convener, until he was replaced by Bill Benedict in September 2009. In March 2012, Bill was replaced by interim convener Roger Perks.

The Chapter was renamed The West Shore Chapter in October 2009, with members coming from as far East as Cleveland and as far West as Vermilion.

The Chapter has held Healing Ministry meetings each spring since its beginning. The 2010 Healing Ministry meeting was held on May 14 and 15 at St. Barnabas Anglican Church and was entitled "Experiencing God's Healing Grace." The April 8 and 9 2011 meeting, "Healing Life's Hurts" was led by Hawley Todd.

Over the years the Chapter has been involved in larger meetings, and sponsored the Region 4 annual meeting at St. Joseph's Christian Life Center in 2001. It also sponsored the OSL International Meeting at Baldwin Wallace College in 2009.

Today, the Westshore Chapter meets at Avon Lake Presbyterian Church, in Avon Lake Ohio, and hosts a conference once every year.