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In Memory of the Rev. Jena Roy (MDiv '13)

Andover Newton is sad to announce the passing of recent alumna The Rev. Jennifer “Jena” Roy (MDiv ’13) of Winchester, Massachusetts.

Jena was an ordained United Church of Christ minister serving as a chaplain for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she supported patients, families, and staff in the intensive care units. Jena graduated with honors in 2013 and was inducted into the school’s Jonathan Edwards Society. She continued to participate in campus life, attending Woodbury Leadership Workshops and other events.

“Jena Roy was a colleague from the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, an outstanding student at Andover Newton, and then later a colleague again -- and friend,” said The Rev. Dr. Sarah B. Drummond, Dean of the Faculty & Vice President for Academic Affairs at Andover Newton.

“We mourn her passing and join our hearts in prayer with Jena’s family, friends, and especially her companion, our own Professor Gregory Mobley. Her death is a reminder that no matter how short or long a life might be, it can have a tremendous impact on a community. We feel that impact here at Andover Newton as we mourn Jena today.”

Jena served on the President's Advisory Council from 2013-15, and her support of Andover Newton even included a bit of informal recruiting.

"The Rev. Jena Roy was my closest friend in the world," said current student Lisa Loughlin. "One night a couple of months ago when we were driving home from a long day at the hospital, Jena humbly proclaimed that she'd finally become aware of her purpose in life. Jena said, 'I believe that I am here to lift people up, to encourage them to believe in themselves and assure them that they are loved by God.' I smiled and agreed because this was my experience of Jena.

"A few years ago she encouraged me to go to an open house at ANTS. When I listed all of the reasons that I was not worthy to go to seminary, she said, 'Just show up and listen.' During the past few years I have stood in awe of Jena's ability to show up and listen to what she felt God was calling her to do," Lisa said. "May each of us find the courage to live our lives in the same manner, trusting as Jena did, that we are being held by loving arms of the God who created us."

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at First Congregational Church in Winchester, where Jena was a member for more than two decades. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

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