My name is Renee Roederer, and I am an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am a Community Chaplain, writer, itinerant preacher and speaker, and an organizer of several new communities centered around spiritual formation and service.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Louisville and a Master of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I am also working toward a Doctor of Ministry at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. I’ve served three congregations as a Pastor and Campus Minister in Austin, Texas; Pasadena, California; and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
I’m married to Ian, an astronomer at the University of Michigan who thoroughly enjoys pondering the mysteries of the universe. We both grew up in southern Indiana, and after meeting in high school (we even went to prom together with dorky photos to prove it!) we embarked upon an adventure of living together in three different states and meeting formative communities of folks who have supported and enriched us along the way.
These days, I am grateful to be working alongside others toward the creation of three new communities:
Michigan Nones and Dones is a community for people who are spiritually curious and institutionally suspicious. I am the founding organizer of this Meetup Group which is exploring spirituality and the teachings of Jesus through a community of friendships in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline, and surrounding areas in Michigan. Participants include those who are religiously unaffiliated (the Nones), those who have left established forms of institutional churches (the Dones), and those who remain connected to particular faith traditions but seek new, emerging visions for their expression.
Motor City Mission Corps is a new service endeavor initiated and supported by the Presbytery of Detroit which invites young adults (ages 19-30) to live in Detroit and serve a year in mission. Through an intentional community model, young adult participants live together, explore spiritual formation and vocational discernment, and work alongside three site placement partners that are reducing blight and poverty in Detroit: 1) Cass Community Social Services, 2) Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, and 3) Westminster Presbyterian Church (Detroit). Since May of 2015, I have served on the steering team for this new ministry. We are recruiting our first young adult cohort of participants for the launch our program in the fall of 2017.
Motor City Mission Corps shares a similar vision and model with the Young Adult Volunteers of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, from whom we have received encouragement and partnership as we move forward.
The Soul Sister Creativity Collective is a community of women from Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline, and Detroit who are cultivating creativity and charting new ideas in their lives as they explore friendship and spiritual formation. We meet in homes, share meals, and engage spiritual practices and conversations together. I am the co-creator of this community along with the Rev. Barb McRae, a Spiritual Director and fellow PC(USA) minister in Ann Arbor.
You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about my work with these communities. If you would like to connect with me as a speaker or workshop leader for retreats or conferences, please visit my Speaking Page.