Meet The Rev. Anne Lane Witt
We are pleased to welcome The Rev. Anne Lane Witt!
Anne Lane began her ministry as Immanuel's priest in charge in June 2013. Before joining Immanuel, she served as an associate rector at Grace Church in Kilmarnock. She received a master of divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York City and was ordained in 2010.
At Grace Church, Anne Lane provided pastoral care, taught confirmation classes and oversaw Godly Play, a children’s Christian education program that uses the Montessori Method of teaching. She also led book and movie theology groups, in addition to other priestly duties.
“I feel called to help people build connections with church and the rest of their lives. I enjoy helping people see religion through different lenses, like movies and books, where you take nonreligious topics and discuss them as persons of faith. Connecting faith and the secular world helps you live more fully into the gospel,” she said.
A native Richmonder and cradle Episcopalian, Anne Lane attended church at St. Stephen’s and St. James’s. She graduated from St. Catherine’s School and earned a B.A. degree in art history from the University of Virginia. While at UVA, she completed an internship at Walt Disney World and received a “ducktorate” in human resource management.
Prior to becoming a priest, she worked in several management and customer service positions for about ten years. She was a customs compliance specialist for Circuit City Stores in Richmond, a retail manager and mortgage claims representative.
During seminary, she interned at St. James the Less in Ashland, and at St. Ignatius of Antioch in New York City. She also served as a chaplain intern at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. In addition, she co-directed St. Martin’s Clothing Closet, a volunteer ministry of the seminary that served hungry, homeless and impoverished people in partnership with the Holy Apostles’ Soup Kitchen – the largest in New York City.
Anne Lane was attracted to Immanuel because of its healthy history, strong lay leadership and size – about 200 members. “It’s large enough not to be insular, but small enough that you can really get to know people. It’s a place where we can all work together, serve and grow in a variety of ways. We can all learn from one another.”