Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur

Rev. Bijur is a 2009 graduate of Harvard Divinity School, and was formerly Acting Assistant Minister at First Parish in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Previously, she served for two years as a part-time Intern Minister for The First Parish Church of Stow and Acton in Stow, Massachusetts. She also served as the student sabbatical minister for that congregation when the settled minister was on leave.

Described by her preaching professor as “an uncommonly promising young preacher,” Rev. Bijur was named a Hopkins Shareholder, an award bestowed by Harvard Divinity School faculty on six ministerial students annually in recognition of their demonstrated ministerial promise. Prior to entering the ministry, Rev. Bijur was a grantwriter at The Food Project, a youth development and teaching farm in Lincoln and Roxbury, Massachusetts. The Food Project brought together youth from inner-city and suburban communities to grow food for homeless shelters in the Boston area. Rev. Bijur graduated with honors from Yale University in 2002. A history major, she focused on urban studies and the history of suburbanization in the modern United States. She sang with the Yale Glee Club and a co-ed a cappella chorus. Born in Tokyo, Japan, while her family was posted with the U.S. Foreign Service, Rev. Bijur spent her childhood in Japan, India, Israel and Washington, D.C.