The Rev. Anna Tew is a 30-something Lutheran pastor based in South Hadley, Massachusetts, in a fantastic little parish called Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Our Savior’s is full of saints/sinners who love Jesus and one another and seek to be truly welcoming to all people. You can find them online here, or you can find them on Facebook here.
As for Anna, she was born and raised in Headland, AL, and considers Atlanta, GA, her second home. She graduated from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2011 and served for four years in a variety of settings – as a solo commissioned United Methodist pastor in Montgomery, Alabama, as a hospital chaplain in Atlanta, and, after finding her faith home in the ELCA, in her Lutheran internship at St. Luke in Atlanta. After being approved by the Southeastern Synod candidacy committee, she was overjoyed to be assigned to the New England Synod in the autumn of 2015.
Our Savior’s officially called Anna in December 2015, and she was ordained by Bishop H. Julian Gordy of the Southeastern Synod on January 31, 2016, in her home congregation, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Atlanta.
Anna describes her favorite establishments – whether restaurants, bars, or coffee shops – as “delightfully unpolished.” She likes studying pop culture, especially popular music. A student of history, Anna also keeps up with national and world politics; if she’s not listening to music, she’s probably listening to a political podcast. Anna also enjoys running and hiking and watching football, so naturally, she loves living in New England. She also does CrossFit, which she is contractually obligated to mention.
Anna is passionate about teaching and preaching resurrection and hope, alleviating poverty, caring for the environment, welcoming refugees and immigrants, ending racial discrimination in all its forms, LGBTQ+ protections, and all of the many places that those things intersect.
And obviously, she loves having conversations over coffee. If you’re around South Hadley, you should email her and set up a meeting. She’d love that.