Getting to Know Rev. Meredith Lovell Keseley
Welcome to Abiding Presence! I have the wonderful opportunity of serving as the Pastor of Abiding Presence. I first felt called to be a pastor while in middle school, so I am lucky enough to have my dream job.
I consider it a great privilege to be able to walk with people throughout their lives as they grow in faith and in their relationship with God. I especially enjoy preaching, teaching and counseling. Abiding Presence is an energetic congregation where no day is ever the same as the previous day, which keeps me learning and doing new things.
I grew up in the D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side, so Northern Virginia is not too far from home. I have degrees from Susquehanna University and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Before coming to Abiding Presence in February of 2010, I served as the Associate Pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C.
Probably the only thing I love more than being a pastor is being a mom. My husband, Ben, and I have two little girls, Julia and Nadia, who are the light of our lives. I am grateful that my girls get to grow up being part of such a supportive faith family. Julia loves our new church playground as well as Sunday School, youth group and children's choir. Nadia is still pretty little, but already filled with personality. As a family, we enjoy traveling, exploring new restaurants and all things D.C. Ben and I are novice wine collectors who like to explore Virginia's wine country.
I look forward to getting to know you whether you are new to the area in search of a church home or haven't ever really been to church and are just searching. If there are ways that I can help support you or if you have questions about God, faith or this congregation, please do not hesitate to be in touch.
Rev. Meredith Lovell Keseley