The Rev. Kathleen O’Keefe Reed, Gettysburg Seminary’s Chief Advancement Officer, has accepted a call to serve as pastor of University Lutheran Church (UniLu), Cambridge, Mass. Reed has served on the Seminary’s advancement staff since 2007, seeing through the completion of the Seminary’s largest and most successful capital campaign known as the “Crossroads Campaign,” which exceeded $23 million in gifts, pledges, and planned gifts.
“At the time I accepted the call to serve Gettysburg Seminary in the development field,” said Reed, “the prompting of the Spirit took the form of deep gratitude for all the ways Gettysburg Seminary had contributed to the shaping of my identity as a child of God and a servant of the Word. That gratitude has only intensified over six amazing years of service. The chief discovery of my recent Gettysburg time has been that the most people in our congregations care a great deal about the training of church leaders. It’s a fire ready to be kindled as long as the story gets an opportunity to be told. I leave with a commitment to do my part as a pastor to spread the word about theological education in general and the unique gifts that Gettysburg Seminary brings to pastoral formation and lifelong learning.”
Reed will conclude her service on the seminary staff Feburary 28th, beginning her new call at UniLu March 1, 2013.
Advancement work will progress at the Seminary amidst the transition. Productive planning was begun several months ago to strengthen the infrastructure for advancement and alumni relations. Alongside of those efforts, there is stepped-up leadership by directors, trustees, and alumni, so that in the future Gettysburg Seminary’s friends and supporters can count on collaborative expansion of opportunities to support theological education at Gettysburg. The Crossroads Campaign concluded in the fall of 2012.
“In her work first as a gift officer and then leading our stewardship efforts, Pastor Reed has espoused a 'theology of abundance' and confidently pointed to promises that God will provide for our needs” commented President Michael Cooper-White. He continued, “To her work of fund- and friend-raising for the Seminary, Kathleen has always brought her pastoral presence. Pastor Reed has helped position us for the next phase of work in which an ever-growing portion of the Seminary’s income will need to come from generous individuals. In addition to her work in development, she has been appreciated for her contributions in our lifelong learning efforts, and as she brought her winsome creativity to bear in preaching both in congregations and the Seminary chapel. Now another community of God’s faithful people has called her to be their pastor, and the Seminary honors the wisdom of University Lutheran Church, a historic congregation in the neighborhood of a world-renowned university.”
Prior to returning to Gettysburg, the Reed served for 25 years as a pastor of congregations in Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Between 1992 and 2000, she served as Assistant to the Bishop of the New England Synod. Reed is a graduate of Boston University (B.S. in Public Communication) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (M.Div., 1980). Her theological studies included Gettysburg Seminary’s Washington House of Studies, the Bodelschwinghschen Anstatalten of Bethel in Bielefeld, Germany, and Georg August Universitaet, in Goettingen, Germany. Reed is married to Gettysburg Seminary alumnus and church musician, Stephen Reed (’78).