Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Two LTSP Alumni Ordained as Pastors Aug. 11

(From News from the New England Synod

Two Ordained as Pastors Aug. 11

Two women were ordained Saturday, Aug. 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Chelmsford, Mass., to serve as pastors in Massachusetts and Connecticut. New England Synod Bishop Margaret Payne presided.

Pr. Manke, Bp. Payne, Pr. Read
The Rev. Rachel Manke has accepted the call to serve as pastor of First Lutheran Church, Malden, Mass. In May, Pr. Manke received her Master of Divinity degree in May 2012 from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), where she was senior class president. She interned at First Lutheran Church, Waltham, Mass. Prior to seminary, she worked in marketing for the WNBA's Connecticut Sun basketball team and briefly in television for NBC in New York. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a minor in theatre at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, in 2001. A Connecticut native, she was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church (LCMS), Niantic, Conn., and entered seminary as a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Norwich, Conn.

The Rev. M. Kathleen Read has accepted the call as associate pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Manchester, Conn. Born in New Orleans, La., and raised in Old Greenwich, Conn., Pr. Read received a Master of Divinity degree in 2011 from LTSP. She graduated from Fairfield (Conn.) University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and spent most of her professional life prior to seminary as a freelance writer and marketing consultant. For the past few years, she has contributed to "NES News,"the weekly online newsletter of the New England Synod. In 2000, she joined First Lutheran Church, West Barnstable, Mass. She formerly served on the Synod Council.