Prior to starting her ministry at Trinity in June 2017, Pastor Erica served congregations in South Dakota, Texas and Minnesota and is excited about being in New England serving God through the People of Trinity Lutheran Church in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Her passions for ministry include hospitality, discipleship, stewardship, worship planning and leadership. She also loves to look for gifts and talents in others and help them find ways to use their gifts to serve God.Pastor Kennedy served at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, as Associate Dean of Students and Assistant Director of Financial Aid and on the ELCA Stewardship Staff as an Area Ministry Stewardship Specialist where she led workshops equipping clergy and lay leaders to confidently lead stewardship ministry in their congregations.
Prior to serving as a pastor, Erica used her gifts of encouragement, leadership development, administration, and community building in higher education administration where she served college students living on campus. This career eventually led to answering God’s call to ordained ministry. She graduated from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, where she studied History and Secondary Education; the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she received a Master of Science in Family and Relationship Counseling; and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, with a Masters of Divinity.
Pastor Erica claims roots in Minnesota and is married to Steven Kennedy, who claims roots in North Dakota and Minnesota. Steve is a teacher, musician, composer, and avid board game “geek”. Steve spent many years of his life devoted to youth and youth adult ministry before returning more specifically to his passion for music and teaching. They are the humble servants of two cats. In her leisure time, Pastor Erica enjoys road trips, movies, a good mystery novel, local coffee shops, playing board games, reading cooking magazines…and even cooking on her days off.
Be sure to invite her for a cup of coffee. She looks forward to spending much time getting to know you.
René A. Minalga-Rheault became Music Director in January 2017. She is a pianist, organist and conductor hailing from Shirley, Massachusetts. She acquired a GPD and Masters in piano performance from the Longy School of Music where she studied with Ludmilla Lifson and organ with Dr. Libor Dudas. Continuing studies at the Longy School led René to pursue her passion for early music where she studies voice with Ryan Turner. She has performed with the Boston Camerata, Boston Opera Collaborative and is most recently singing the role of Ozias in Eudamonia's production of Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans. Other interests include naps, coffee, single malt scotch and being surrounded by her two cats, Hannah and Basil. She lives in Nashua, New Hampshire with her partner, Melody. René is absolutely delighted to be working with the dedicated musicians of Trinity Lutheran and looks forward to many years of beautiful music making!
Jewett took on the role of Parish Administrative Assistant in February 2019. She was born and grew up in Minnesota, arriving in Massachusetts in 1979 after time spent at Beloit College in Wisconsin and in business in southern California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts. A Chelmsford resident since 2012, she recently retired from a long career in real estate. Along with her husband, John, she enjoys spending free time in their gardens, on home renovations, pursuing the Boston museum, music and theatre scenes, world travels, genealogy, and entertaining their dog, Max.
Bob Donnelly has been with Trinity since 1997, taking care of the inside and outside of the building, as well as its grounds. Bob also maintains Dunstable Church, as well as his own church, Matthews Memorial. He enjoys taking care of his Master’s house. When he’s not working, Bob enjoys spending time with family and listening to doo-wop music.