Writer, speaker, educator, and spouse to an autistic person

Meet Rachael Keefe


Personal Connection to Autism

I have been happily married to an autistic person since 2010. I also have several autistic folks in my extended family.

Professional Bio

Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe (she/her) has served in many, varied academic, clinical, and congregational and community-based ministry settings since her ordination in 1992. She holds graduate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Andover Newton Seminary at Yale (formerly Andover Newton Theological School).

Her ministry and leadership often center around advocacy and accessibility. Her writing has been published by Chalice Press, The Christian Century, Red Letter Christians, Working Preacher, RevGalBlogPals, and others. She serves on several boards and committees, and regularly presents at conferences on various mental health and faith topics that matter for improving access and support for multiply marginalized people.

More About the Author

I'm glad to be part of this project. The lack of understanding about autism is astounding and changing that is essential. While I am not autistic, autism has always been in my life - personally with autistic family members or professionally as a therapist, pastor, chaplain, or spiritual director.

When I am not writing or otherwise working, I'm likely creating something. Crocheting and oil painting are my favorite mediums for creating beauty, though I am always up for trying a new art form or craft. I also do a lot of walking with our dog, Morgan. We've logged thousands of miles together over the last several years. If the weather doesn't allow for walking, I use my water rowing machine to keep active.

Oh, and I have a love for goats. They make me laugh.

One of my local favorite places to visit is the Farm at the Minnesota Zoo. They have goats which often like to have their backs scratched. Goats always bring me joy.

the goats
Image description: Light skin woman (Rachael) wearing a dark sweater is patting a tan goat. Other goats are visible in the background near a red building.