The Reverend Rita T. Powell, Chaplain

Rev. Powell is the newly-named chaplain for the Harvard Episcopal Community, assuming the role on July 1st, 2019. Rita earned her BA from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she served as captain of the varsity softball team, and her M.Div from Yale Divinity School, where she was awarded the William Muehl Preaching Prize. She spent a long stretch living and working with the monastic community in Taizé, France, and also served as the Youth Missioner in the Diocese of South Dakota for several years before coming to Boston as the Associate Rector for Liturgy and Music at Trinity Church in Copley Square. She lives in Belmont with her husband and two children.

Meredith Wade, Kellogg Fellow

Meredith Wade is excited to be joining Harvard’s Episcopal Chaplaincy as the 2019-2020 Kellogg Fellow! Mer just wrapped up two transformative years with Life Together, where she honed her community organizing skills alongside a brilliant cohort of other young, spiritually rooted activists. Through Life Together, Mer supported St. James’s Cambridge in building a justice-centered, relational food ministry. She has also served as a mentor and crew leader to teens on urban farms at The Food Project (Boston, MA) and Real Food Rising (Salt Lake City, UT). Chopping onions and singing with friends are Mer’s favorite forms of worship.

The Board of the Episcopal Chaplaincy

The Board of the Episcopal Chaplaincy is made up of alumni and friends of the Chaplaincy. They manage its financial affairs and help direct its mission. This year’s board includes:

  • Ms. J. Carey Bloomfield, President
  • Prof. Richard Thomas, Vice-President
  • Mr. Jeremy Siegfried, Treasurer
  • Ms. Alice Kenney, Clerk
  • Prof. John A.E. Pottow
  • Ms. McKenzie Bok
  • Ms. Mary Beth Clack
  • Mr. Gifford Combs
  • The Very Rev. Amy McCreath
  • The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates (ex officio)