grew up on the south side of Atlanta, GA, a preacher's kid, in the Christian Church,
Independent, part of the Restoration Movement. She has always had a sweet and deep
relationship with God. In her words, she is "a spiritual pilgrim who practices in
a Christian way."
Prior to serving at Hope Central, Laura Ruth served as the Minister of Outreach
and Evangelism at the First Church in Somerville, where she was instrumental in growing
church membership. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Georgia
in Athens and a Masters of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge.
Her field work included serving as a Student Minister at St. Luke's and St. Margaret's
Parish, an Episcopal Church in Allston-Brighton. She worked at the Women's Center in
Plainville, MA, a Dominican retreat house, helping with retreat preparation and working
on worship music with composer Carolyn McDade. Laura Ruth also served a two-year internship
at Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC in Lexington, MA with her mentor, the Rev. Judith Brain.
In her ministry, Laura Ruth has developed a reputation as a strong preacher and a
creative worship leader. She possesses a compassionate spirit and a contagious sense of joy.
People have said of her:
"Her love of faithful ministry is contagious and real. Her ever
deepening spirituality makes the worship she leads about God and not herself.
Her attention to each person's joys and grief creates a community that is
compassionate and trustworthy"
"As a preacher, an artist, a woodworker, a
singer, a drummer, and a painter, she is able to take even the mundane —
the details of ministry, the messiness of church life, the ordinary daily
stuff of life — and make it feel more like art."
"Her ministry is one of the things I am most grateful for in my life"
"She has a way of sharing her exuberance that makes people say 'yes' to God."
Laura Ruth and her partner Marian (Meck) Groot have lived in Jamaica Plain since 1995.
They have two godkids, Maia and Arlo. Laura Ruth's personal interests include woodworking,
music (drumming, guitar, singing), reading, gathering with friends and family, watching
football, and spiritual practices.
Hope Central Church welcomed Rev. Laura Ruth Jarrett as pastor
in June 2010. Laura Ruth says she loves her congregation and is the luckiest minister alive!