Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts


These pages provide information about staff members and lay leaders of University Lutheran Church. For information on the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, visit the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter website. For the Cambridge Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, write to cambridgeinterfaithsanctuary@gmail.com.

Katheen O'Keefe Reed

Kathleen O’Keefe Reed

The Rev. Kathleen O’Keefe Reed has served as pastor of University Lutheran Church since March 2013. A Chicago-area native, Pastor Reed studied at Boston University’s College of Communications and has an M.Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Her ministerial experience includes parish ministry in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont; eight years as an assistant…

Kari Jo Verhulst

The Rev. Kari Jo Verhulst began serving as pastor of University Lutheran Church in September 2013. She holds an M.Div. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology and did an additional year of study at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She also serves as Lutheran Chaplain to MIT, and was a chaplain/spiritual care coordinator…

Jayms Battaglia

Jayms Battaglia

Jayms Battaglia, who joined the UniLu staff in 2003, serves as volunteer coordinator for the church community and students; coordinates use of our building by church groups and external partners; and is the church’s primary liaison with the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and the Harvard Square Summer Shelter. She also provides support to UniLu pastors…

The Rev. Imogene Stulken

Imogene Stulken

A native of Nebraska, The Rev. Imogene Stulken, our music director—organist, is also an ordained ELCA pastor, serving as Protestant Campus Minister at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she is co-director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Institute (PACSI), Advisory Board member for the Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies, affiliate of the Center for…

Jonathan Mott

Jonathan Mott

Jonathan Mott joined the UniLu staff as interim choir director in September 2014, and was promoted to music director—choir in January 2015. Originally from the Boston area, Jonathan received a B.A. in music from Boston College, studying composition with Thomas Oboe Lee and Ralf Gawlick and conducting with John Finney, and an M.M. in choral conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Scott Allen Jarrett, David Hoose, and George Case. Outside of his work at UniLu, Jonathan serves as resident conductor of Harvard University’s premier mixed chorus, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and as assistant conductor of the Back Bay Chorale, where he leads the Chorale’s “BRIDGES” outreach ensemble.

Xiaolu Chen

Xiaolu Chen joined the staff in October 2016 as accompanist for the Bread ☩ Belonging family-friendly worship service. Xiaolu holds a Masters of Music (MM) in piano pedagogy from Michigan State University, an MM in Music Performance (piano) from the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University, and a BA from the Department of Musicology…

Kate Cottrell

Kate Cottrell

Kate Cottrell, a native of Maine, joined the UniLu staff during the summer of 2016 as a nursery attendant. Previously, she served St. Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral in Helena, Montana as their youth minister and cathedral administrator. She is a 2017 graduate of Harvard Divinity School, where she studied women’s religious experiences in antiquity.

An Nguyen

An Nguyen, sexton, is responsible for maintaining UniLu’s building and grounds. He joined the staff in October 2017. An also works at Karma Yoga Studios in Harvard Square.

Karen Turley

Karen Turley has been a member at University Lutheran since 1995, and has served on the Church Council, as a deacon, and on a number of church committees. She teaches high school English at the Marie Philip School in Framingham, which serves Deaf students from infancy through grade 12+. In addition to teaching, Karen has…

James Almeida

James Almeida was elected to the Church Council in January 2017 and re-elected in 2018. He is passionate about social justice, especially the church’s shelter, sanctuary, and LGBTQ ministries. James joined UniLu in 2015 after starting a Ph.D. in Latin American history at Harvard. In his rare free time, he enjoys relaxing with his husband…