The Rev’d Erika L. Takacs was elected as the eleventh rector of the Church of the Atonement in April of 2018. Before coming to Atonement, Mtr. Takacs served as the Associate Rector at Saint Mark’s Church, Philadelphia, where she played an integral role in the formation of programs to welcome families and children to the parish, including the celebrated Saint Mark’s Boys and Girls Choir. She also served at Christ Church, Alexandria, first as a clergy resident in the Foundations for Spiritual Leadership program and then as the Associate Rector for Faith Formation and Evangelism.
Mtr. Takacs is a 2007 graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. Before attending seminary, she was a high school and middle school chorus teacher in New Hope, Pennsylvania. She has also enjoyed a career as a singer specializing in early music. She holds degrees from West Chester University of Pennsylvania (1995) and Westminster Choir College (1998).
Mtr. Takacs is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and is a founding member of the Society of Catholic Priests in North America, an organization for which she previously served as the national Convener. She is a regular speaker at national conferences on music and liturgy, including the Sewanee Church Music Conference, the Mississippi Conference on Music and Liturgy, and national and regional AAM conferences. Mtr. Takacs has been happily married to her husband, Daniel Shapiro, since 2015. Outside of her work and her family, her three great loves are the music of J.S. Bach, reading (of all kinds), and baseball.