Pastor Anna is a North Carolina native, but is now a St. Louisan - of sorts. She moved here right after she graduated from Princeton Seminary to take her first call as Associate Pastor for Member Care at a local Presbyterian church. Not long thereafter, she met her then fiancé, David Cooper, who she just married on September 1st, 2019! Before she met David, Anna spent her academic years as a Philosophy of Religion Major at the College of Wooster (where Pastor Kelly went!), and then served as a paralegal in a family law office for three years.
In wanting to pray for clients more than filing their paperwork, Anna then followed the call to seminary. That led her to lots of interesting places, including Paris, France for a year of full-time ministry. In her study at Princeton, she fell in love with Hebrew studies and eventually wrote a thesis on the book of Proverbs and taught Biblical Hebrew. When she's not living out her call to serve God’s people, she likes to write, cook, and enjoy all different kinds of leisure sports. She claims to be no good at any of them, but likes to play tennis, sail, ride horses, and on occasion will try to golf. Her greatest joy, however, is to host and spend time with loved ones - she's definitely an extrovert. Pastor Anna is thrilled to begin her ministry at St. Lucas and looks forward to getting to know all of you.