The Rev. Dr. Karen Coleman

Assisting Priest

Karen has joined our staff in a part-time capacity to assist with liturgies on Sunday evenings and Thursdays, and we also benefit from her presence in many other ways. She also serves as the University Chaplain for Episcopal Ministry at Boston University, where she is Spiritual Director through the Office of Spiritual Life at the School of Theology. In 2010, she was the first African-American woman installed as a rector in the history of The Episcopal Diocese of MA when she was called to serve at St. James Episcopal Church, Somerville until October 2017. Prior to becoming rector/chaplain, she served as the priest-in-charge of Trinity Church, Randolph, as an assistant priest at Christ Church in Needham, and as a transitional deacon at St. James’ Church in Cambridge. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she also holds a masters and a doctor of ministry degree from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge.


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