Our History
We Provide Care

The Luke Clinic has been serving the needs of the local population in Detroit since 2016.

The infant mortality rate in Detroit has been on the rise for the last 6 years, peaking at 16.7 deaths per 1000 births in 2018. The national average is 5.6 deaths per 100 births. 

The problem is not lack of healthcare - the city boasts some of the largest health systems in the country. 

The problem is that these women do not use them or receive prenatal care of any kind.

The reasons why are complex, but the one we have decided to address is the lack of a trusting, caring relationship between the patient and the provider. We believe that building a trusting relationship is the basis for establishing and maintaining prenatal care throughout a pregnancy. 

Instead of the patient being forced to enter the providers culture, we have chosen to enter and adapt to theirs. 

The clinic was founded as a great compassion and great commission ministry of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod 5 years ago in partnership with Family of God in Springwells, Detroit. 

 

Since then, the clinic has grown in size and reputation and provides services to families from around the Detroit Metro Area and beyond. 

In Fall 2021 we are excited to be taking what we have learned in Detroit to Flint by opening a new prenatal and infant care clinic in partnership with Franklin Avenue Mission.
 

 

Meet the members of our Team

Staff

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Katy Gold

Medical Director

Dr. Gold is a board-certified family medicine physician who has provided prenatal, labor and delivery, and newborn care for more than 15 years.  She serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, has a master's degree in social work, and completed two research fellowships.  Research interests include obstetrics, health disparities, and mental health.  Dr. Gold has volunteered at Luke since the clinic opened in 2016 and is passionate about helping Luke provide the highest quality of care, while ensuring patients are cared for with compassion and acceptance.  She loves working with the dedicated team at Luke and is grateful to be able to provide this care.

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Amy Kindred

Practice Nurse

Amy is a graduate of the Concordia Ann Arbor, School of Nursing. Amy interned at The Luke Clinic in her senior year. She fell in love with the mission and the moms and babies. Amy grew up 10 minutes from our Detroit Clinic and is passionate about bringing safe and relationship based prenatal and infant care to the city of Detroit. Amy provides medical support to our patients and providers.

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Penny Armbruster

Executive Director

Penny has a background in international business, human resources and ministry start ups. Her lifelong desire is to celebrate and encourage women as they seek to "be all things" to the people they love and care for. Most recently Penny had been blessed to serve women in South West Detroit in her role as Executive Director at the Luke Clinic. She was instrumental in the visioning and initial startup of the clinic 5 years ago and is passionate about serving those who are most vulnerable in our society. By providing a safe and loving environment for women to find support, encouragement, and excellent medical care during their pregnancies she has found her dream vocation.

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Jennifer Wall

Medical Office Manager

Jennifer brings a wealth of experience in hands-on care in the community which combined with her background in business makes her a great fit for our ministry. Her ability to create lasting relationships with our moms provides the foundation on which our medical team can operate. Jennifer oversees patient relations.

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Wendy Dignan

Business Manager

Wendy brings a heart for ministry and a knack for getting things done. She is extremely efficient and fills a key role within our organization bringing together the medical and business teams. She seamlessly runs the organization making everything happen with minimal stress and a joyful heart. She is also responsible for all of our volunteers and coordinating Benjamin’s Closet.

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Rev. Scott Sommerfield

Director of Spiritual Development

Scott is honored to serve and support The Luke Clinic team and provide prayer and care to our moms.  He also loves to tell the story of God transforming lives in Detroit so that more people, congregations and agencies can celebrate our good work and lend their support and resources to this amazing ministry!

 

Ministry Partners

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Rev. Jim Hill

Sr. Pastor, Family of God Mission

Pastor Jim’s heart has been for the people of Southwest Detroit for several decades. He is thrilled to see the growth in ministry partnerships at Family of God and is extremely  supportive of the work of the Luke Clinic.

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Rev. Tyler Cronkright

Assoc. Pastor, Family of God Mission

Tyler, is committed to support the continuing efforts to make prenatal and infant care available to those living in the surrounding communities. He and his staff are excited to have partnered with this ministry for the last five years and look forward to seeing what God has in store for the next five years.

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Rev. Christian Jones

Executive Director, Franklin Ave. Mission & The Flint Mission Network

Christian, a missionary-at-large in Flint, and Father of two, is incredibly honored to partner with The Luke Clinic. He is excited to provide spiritual care at such a critical point in the lives of families.

Board of Directors

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Sam Iaquinto

Chairman of the Board

Sam grew up in the city of Hamtramck and attended Lawrence Technological University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Industrial Engineering. He is an entrepreneur, who has started and run several successful companies. Sam has served Northfield Township for over 20 years on multiple boards including the Planning Commission and Board of Trustees.  Sam brings a business perspective to the Luke Clinic.

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Chris Chauvin

Vice Chair of the Board

Chris was born and raised in the Detroit area. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in Physical Education from Eastern Michigan University and taught at Grosse Ile High School. Chris served as the Coordinator of Educational Ministries at St. Paul - Trenton for 13 years. In addition, she served as an elected member of the Michigan District - LCMS Board of Directors. Chris also volunteered at The Luke Clinic and brings that perspective to the board.

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Steve Zwart

Secretary of the Board

Steve is Vice-President for Program Development at Wellspring Lutheran Services, a Michigan-based human care.  Steve is experienced in foster care; family preservation; clinical counseling; and is co-chair of the Risk Prevention and Management committee, as well as of the Performance and Quality Improvement committee.   Steve is a lifelong Michigander and proud graduate of Calvin College and Michigan State University.  Steve provides excellent insight into the social services needs of the clinic.

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Carrie Bell

Treasurer of the Board

Carrie is a clinical associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School. Her areas of practice include preventative care, minimally invasive procedures and surgical alternatives.  Carrie provides medical expertise to the Board to ensure the clinic follows best practices.

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Tom Leeds

Member at Large

Tom is a United States Air Force Vietnam veteran.  He had a 40-year career as a Biomedical/Clinical Engineering technician and has been self-employed.  Tom provides necessary upkeep and knowledge of all of our medical equipment.