The Rev. Jeremy Lucas was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama in the generation after the civil rights movement. After high school, he attended the University of Alabama Birmingham and received a bachelor degree with majors in History and Political Science. His studies focused on early- and mid-20th-century Southern politics.
After graduation, he attended private, night law school at Birmingham School of Law. He received a Juris Doctorate and was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1997. Jeremy practiced in both State and Federal Courts, working in a wide variety of legal areas. Much of his pro bono work was in the areas of preventing violence to both animals and humans, and in 2000 he was the lead author and lobbyist for Alabama’s first Felony Animal Cruelty bill, which became law that year.
Jeremy joined the Episcopal Church in 1997, after a decade of agnosticism and healing from a harsh Southern Baptist background. Prior to seminary, he was a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church just south of Birmingham. During his time at St. Francis he was a children’s Sunday School teacher, volunteer youth director, Vestry member, Lay Eucharistic Minister, and Outreach Coordinator.
In 2001, Jeremy moved to New York City to attend the General Theological Seminary. His first full day of Seminary in Manhattan was September 11, 2001. The events of September 11th shaped both his theology and life and continued to strengthen his commitment to nonviolence and peacemaking. In seminary, Jeremy began the first General Seminary chapter of The Episcopal Peace Fellowship and he studied to become a national and international trainer in non-violent direct action. In addition, Jeremy became a trainer and mentor for the National Stewardship Office of the Episcopal Church and has worked with parishes and dioceses to develop a new understanding of Christian stewardship.
After seminary Jeremy was rector of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Athens, Alabama for four years then moved to Namibia as a missionary from the Mission Personnel Office of the National Episcopal Church. In Namibia, he was the co-dean and rector of St. George’s Anglican Cathedral. He also coordinated the development of a rural seminary program for the Anglican Diocese of Namibia and was the chaplain of St. George’s Anglican School.
Prior to being called as rector of Christ Church, he was vicar of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in North Clark County, Washington, where he worked on increasing congregational vitality and implementing mission development goals.
Jeremy is married to Siobhan Passmore, who, along with her daughter Erin, recently emigrated from South Africa. They have 2 dogs, and 4 fish.