Minister Loretta Saint-Louis, MDiv, PhD
Min. Loretta Saint-Louis
Minister Loretta Saint-Louis, MDiv, PhD, is our Minister for Spiritual Care and Outreach. She is the Pastoral Liaison to the Prayer Ministry, Outreach Ministry, and Vision Committee, and serves on the Special Events Committee. She has done grant writing for the Fatherhood Program at Union Baptist and Project Uplift, the weekly meal program for homeless and low income people. In addition, she is the clerk of the board of the Union Social Action Foundation, a nonprofit associated with Union Baptist.
Although a resident of Malden, Minister Loretta has been invested in Cambridge and, specifically, committed to the wellbeing (shalom) of our neighborhood, the Port, for many years. Prior to coming to Union Baptist, she served in two other neighborhood churches: Pentecostal Tabernacle, where she served in the Food Pantry, on the Deacon Board, and as head of Stephen Ministry, and St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she served in pulpit ministry and in the Food Pantry during an internship. Min. Loretta first service to people in The Port was more than twenty-five years ago, as a mental health provider on the Haitian Mental Health Team at Cambridge Hospital. She later managed interpreter services for the Cambridge Health Alliance, serving Cambridge Hospital, Somerville Hospital, Whidden Hospital (Everett), and their associated health centers.
Coming from a long family line of clergy and missionaries, Minister Loretta experienced her own call to ministry in mid-life, while a deacon at Pentecostal Tabernacle. She attended Boston University School of Theology, where she graduated with a Master in Divinity in 2013. She is now pursuing ordination through the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts.
Earlier in life Min. Loretta earned a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University. A lifelong learner, she is currently brushing up on her French and Haitian Creole. She plays keyboards, piano, and organ and enjoys composing as part of her spiritual practice.
Min. Loretta, who grew up in Ohio, has been part of a multiracial family for many years. While her own ancestry is German, Irish, and Welsh, Min. Loretta’s former husband was from Haiti. Together they had Jean-Philippe (JP). Later, Darren Smith, the son of a colleague, became part of the family after his mother’s death. Darren’s parents were both from Costa Rica. Currently, JP, his wife, Shelita, and their two children, Zion and Zoelle, live in Northern Virginia. Darren lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Min. Loretta also has two sisters, one in Massachusetts and the other in Ohio. Family is very important to her and a source of great joy.