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The Rev. Britta Meiers Carlson

Children, Youth, & Families Minister

The Rev. Britta Meiers Carlson (she/her) brings valuable experience to her new role at St. Martin’s. She was the founding pastor of Iglesia Nuevo Amanecer, a Spanish language ministry in Boston that works to connect the liturgical core of the church to neighbors who strive for justice related to housing displacement, immigration status, addiction, and homelessness. In that role, she oversaw a weekly program designed to teach liturgy and nourish faith in children, and to provide spiritual support for single mothers. She also served as the Interim Coordinator for Senior High and Young Adults at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale, PA where she provided in-depth assessment of the congregation’s capacities for ministry among its youngest members and oversaw the development of new programs for young adults. Through volunteer and professional ministry, Britta has taught Sunday school and confirmation, led middle school youth groups, and coordinated worship. As both a pastor and a parent, Britta is deeply committed to cultivating communities of faith that tend to the spiritual nourishment of children, families, and people of all generations.

Britta is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She currently serves as the Interim Director of Graduate Studies at United Lutheran Seminary in Mount Airy. She is also a PhD candidate at Boston University School of Theology where she is writing a dissertation to develop an ecclesiological treatment of the church’s engagement with the U.S. immigration system. Britta is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, MN. She is married to The Rev. Dr. Reed Carlson, an Episcopal priest and Old Testament Professor at United Lutheran Seminary. They have two children, Anthony (6) and Alma (1). 

Britta is excited to be joining the staff at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. She hopes to provide leadership that will promote quality and consistency at the 9:00 a.m. liturgy and other ministries for children and their families. Deepening a sense of community among young families and helping them to feel at home in the parish will be a top priority. Britta also looks forward to working with the middle and high school families to imagine together what youth ministry could be at St. Martin’s.

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