Rachael Keefe

Pastor, Living Table UCC

Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe is the pastor of Living Table United Church of Christ. She was called to Living Table in 2015 after serving in many varied ministry settings since her ordination in 1992. She holds graduate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Andover Newton Seminary at Yale (formerly Andover Newton Theological School). Her ministry and leadership often center around advocacy and accessibility. Her writing has been published by Chalice Press, The Christian Century, Red Letter Christians, Working Preacher, RevGalBlogPals, and others. She is grateful to be in ministry with Living Table today.

Rachael Keefe headshot
Portrait of a middle-aged woman (Rachael) with medium length red-brown hair, smiling, wearing eyeglasses, in front of a stained-glass window; image © Erika Sanborne Media LLC used with permission.

Pastor Rachael was asked to respond to a few questions for this public-facing resource.

What is your hope for a first time, new visitor to Living Table?

I truly hope that every new visitor feels the warm welcome Living Table is known for. I want all visitors to feel like they could become a part of this community, and believe they would be included and valued as they are. If you are seeking a church home for a Sunday or for a whole lot longer, please visit Living Table in person or on Zoom. We really are a congregation like no other.

How would you describe your role in ministry at Living Table? What part do you personally play in the life and work of this church?

As the pastor I am a leader, a guide, a teacher, and more, while still being a part of the community. My role is to help discern what God is calling us to do and be in this time and place, and then support and encourage living into that calling.

Pastor Rachael Keefe
Rachael sitting in the common area at New Branches, with a thoughtful look and her chin leaning on her hand.

What is something about yourself that most people reading this will probably be surprised to learn?

If I had not gone into ministry, I would have become an archeologist. I had an early fascination with ancient history and Raiders of the Lost Ark left a huge impression on me as a child.

Why do you think Living Table UCC is a faith community worth prayerfully supporting? What makes Living Table special?

Living Table is an amazing community. I have never encountered another congregation where people care so deeply for one another. The sense of community and belonging is authentic while remaining open to new people and new ideas.

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Baptising Fox, with pastor and parents, at Living Table UCC
letting go in the Room
Pastor Rachael participating in a shared ritual by writing things down, fashioning an airplane, and letting it go.
How Matilda, a Minnesota Moose, Saw the First Christmas
Christmas Eve narrative read in a dimly blue lit sanctuary decorated for Christmas with large Advent candle stands around the altar. © Erika Sanborne Media used with permission.