Vicar Kathleen Kerin

Hi! My name is Kathleen Kerin and I am excited to be serving St. Paul’s this coming year as your Vicar.  I am looking forward to traveling and learning together as a Community in Christ.  We will begin our journey together on Sunday, September 3rd, and I am looking forward to meeting each of you.

I was born in New Jersey and after a few years each in California and New Hampshire, my family settled in Pompton Lakes, NJ. After college, I moved a short hop over to Oakland, NJ.  I have one son, Brian, who turned 18 this past July and will be a Senior at Indian Hills High School in Oakland this school year.  A former football and track athlete, Brian has been granted early acceptance to St. Thomas Aquinas College in NY, where he is hoping to major in Criminal Justice and participate in the Reserve Officer Training Corps following his graduation from High School.

My partner, Catherine, is the Director of Information Technology at a local distributor for Swagelok, a manufacturer of gas and fluid system components. Canadian-born, Cat (as she prefers to be called) enjoys lending a hand wherever she can and has quite a resume of finding the solution whenever a need arises.  She will be attending worship at St. Paul’s as often as possible during my time with you and is also looking forward to meeting the congregation and helping where she can.  My father and two brothers, along with their families, also live in NJ close to my son and his Dad.  The path between my current home in PA and NJ is well worn!

Prior to following my call to Word and Sacrament Ministry, I worked as an assistant for a community development program before becoming the Director of Education and Programming for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Pearl River, NY. I headed back to school to receive my teaching certification and spent many years in early childhood and elementary classrooms.  After college, I had a career in business as an Underwriter for state Farm Insurance Companies. I am a graduate of Drew Theological School in Madison, NJ, earning a Master of Divinity degree in 2015 at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia where I earned a Certificate in Theology this past May.

I enjoy visiting with friends and family, and I make it a point to share conversation over a cup of coffee or tea as often as possible. I am a founding member of the Know Mercy Praise Band, which has led the contemporary worship service at my home church in Oakland for the past eighteen years. I continue to serve in the role of vocalist and musician when I am able. I hold a First Degree Black Belt in Korean-based Tae Kwon Do along with studying a variety of other martial art techniques. These techniques cover the use of weapons, throwing, and enhanced kicking skills, as well as the art of self-defense. School and family responsibilities necessitated that I put my training aside for the last two years, but I am looking forward to returning to my studies in a nearby Do Jang (gym and school) this year.

Where I most see God at work and what truly feeds my spirit is the time I spend getting to know the lives, loves, and stories of others; people and congregations like St. Paul’s. I pray for the wonderful year ahead; one in which I will enjoy hearing your life stories and tales of community. Most especially, I am looking forward to serving with you in Jesus’ name.

God’s Peace be with you,

Vicar Kathleen