“I was invited to preach and told the story of my faith that day,” Keith-Lucas said, “and just being up there and being able to speak to people from the heart in that way caught my imagination.”
She attended Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge and graduated in 2004, when she was eight months pregnant with her first daughter, Renee Montwieler, who is now 8. Her second son, Dimitri, 5, was born around the time she was interviewing at Calvary Episcopal.
Over the past five years, she learned how to lead a church and guided it through various changes. She even helped start the Perfect Paws Pet Ministry, where pet owners can attend services with their pets and pray for those they’ve lost.
“It’s been a really precious time and a great opportunity to worship in a different way than the classic Sunday morning service, and encounter people who would otherwise would not be members of our congregation,” Keith-Lucas said.
That kind of outreach she hopes to replicate at MIT, where students may not identify with the Lutheran or Episcopal faiths.
“Some of them come because they had a really strong life in the church, whether it’s Lutheran or Episcopal, and they want to be part of the campus ministry,” Keith-Lucas said. “But others grew up in a different background or no religious background at all, and they encounter an event that the ministry is doing or a person who is involved in the ministry, and they are interested to show up for worship.”
Back at All Saints, the Rev. Joyce Caggiano, the former rector at St. Paul’s, is on sabbatical, Keith-Lucas said. In the interim, the Rev. Richard Loring, who worked at the Danvers church for nearly a year before Keith-Lucas took over, starts on a temporary basis starting Feb. 3. The church’s Inter-Parish Council, which has worked on the merger, requested him.