Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Pastor Nancy Rakoczy came to New York to do her undergraduate work at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. In 2016, she was graduated from Union Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity. With a MA in Secondary Education – English from Hunter College, she has taught for over twenty years, including at United Cerebral Palsy, and in the Bronx. She has worked in corporate graphic design in Special Projects, for Time- Warner/DC Comics as an assistant art director. Her writings include the chapter, “Working with Artists” for T&T Clark Handbook on Christian Theology and Climate Change, eds. Conradie and Koster, coming out in the fall of 2019. Her art work has been shown in a variety of venues
including the Queens Museum (Framing AIDS); A.I.R. Gallery (At Her Age); Flux Fair in Marcus Garvey Park (Public Art Projects in Harlem); Falchi (Upstanders!) and the Plaxall Galleries (Fever: Artists Take on Climate Change) in LIC, NOMAA (Women in the Heights), and most recently, The
Spirit Moves Through It, at Our Saviour’s Atonement Church, NYC. Using discarded plastics in her art practice allows her to explore a variety of themes including the environment and nature, spirituality, permanence and impermanence, and alienation. She is licensed by the Metro NY
Synod, and will be ordained December 7, 2019.
Pastor Nancy preached her first sermon when she was five years old. Short (four words) and to the point: “I have a soul!” it was a song of praise, a claiming of her identity, and a call to repentance. She has received an astonishing amount of grace through God’s Word, the sacraments, and community. Forgiveness has been crucial to her spiritual path and growth, and she invites you to forgive and allow Christ to transform your life. Pastor Nancy has carried the
cross, and found it not only transformative, but ultimately a creative and life-giving act. She will companion you when you are carrying your own cross. Favorite scripture verse: “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11). Let’s have a conversation and pray together.