St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will celebrate another important milestone in its long history in Scottsboro when Rev. Polly Holcomb Robb is ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church and installed as the rector at St. Luke’s.
The ordination ceremony and installation will be held at St. Luke’s on Saturday morning, Nov. 23, with Bishop John McKee Sloan, Bishop of the Diocese of Alabama, presiding. Clergy and friends from around the Diocese are expected to attend the ceremony.
Robb grew up in Gadsden, the daughter of an Episcopal priest, Rev. William S. Holcomb. After she graduated from Auburn University, Polly and her husband, Robert, settled in Huntsville, raising three children and actively attending St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
Robb pursued a career in academia, teaching math and science, and in the course of time became the Head of Middle School at Randolph School in Huntsville. Having discerned a call to the priesthood, she entered The School of Theology in Sewanee, Tennessee, in 2016. She completed her three-year theological education and graduated from seminary in the spring of 2019. Polly began serving as deacon-in-charge at St. Luke’s on July 1, 2019. She and Robert moved to Scottsboro this summer.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church was established in 1878, with the first frame church building located on North Broad Street near the railroad, the center of commerce in that era. The present building, at the corner of Scott Street and College Avenue, was constructed in 1949, and the adjoining parish hall added in 1992.
We celebrate St. Luke’s enduring Episcopal presence in the northeast Alabama area with the ordination and installation of Rev. Polly Robb, continuing the church’s mission to serve all of God’s people through the peace and grace of Jesus Christ.