Reverend Mary Kisner

St. Luke’s is happy to announce that The Rev’d Mary Kisner will join its staff as an Assisting Priest. 

St. Luke’s pastoral plan, VISION 20/20, called the parish to “engage a specialist in youth and young adult ministry on a part-time basis.” In response to that call, the parish has been able to engage The Rev’d Mary Kisner, recently retired as the rector of Christ Church, Berwick, PA, for that work. Reverend Kisner is an experienced “story teller,” a form of ministry where imagination and story take center stage in the work of spiritual formation among children and youth.

In this position, Mother Kisner will help us reframe our ministry with youth as a sort of “resident bard” where both Scripture and the Church become “narratable” worlds into which our youth are invited to live. In addition to the theological power of imagination and story, such ministry draws upon literature and the arts and considers how these might equip the Church—and its youth—for telling and living the gospel of Jesus through worship and discipleship. She has been trained in the ways of Godly Play, which is based in Montessori principles and uses a special curriculum to serve children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond.