Theresa Newell

Theresa Newell is our new intern at Church of the Redeemer.

Greetings! I am Theresa Newell, a postulant for the Holy Order of Priests.

I am also a wife and mother. My husband and I have had a total of six children (two foster, two adopted, and two biological). They are mostly grown now—only the youngest, a junior in high school, remains at home. I spent several years as an elementary school teacher before I felt a call to the priesthood.

I have a Master of Arts in Ministry and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Creighton University, a Jesuit University in Omaha, Nebraska. Currently I am attending Bexley Seabury Seminary’s online Diploma in Anglican Studies Program. I am also a chaplain at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds.

I am very much looking forward to learning from and contributing to the Church of the Redeemer community as an intern.

Thank you for the opportunity.


A postulant is one who tests a vocation such as a vocation to an ordained ministry or the religious life.

Postulants for holy orders seek ordination as deacon or priest. The length of postulancy varies. The time involves meeting with the bishop of the diocese, examination by the Commission on Ministry, along with physical and mental examinations, and in some cases attending discernment conferences or weekends. Postulancy is an initial time of preparation and testing for ordained ministry. Candidacy is the next stage in the ordination process.

In religious orders, postulancy is the time of pre-novitiate discernment and preparation. Postulants may live as guests in the religious community for a period of time to become acquainted with the religious life and to allow the community and superior to observe their suitability for the religious life.

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Church of the Redeemer

Church of the Redeemer: Worshiping God, living in community, and reaching out to the world around us. We are an Episcopal Church serving north King County and south Snohomish County, Washington. As you travel your road, go with friends walking the way of Jesus at Redeemer.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. The campus is a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside. And we managed to hide a large building on the side of a hill that is not easily seen from the street.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.