Pastor Connie spent almost all of the first 18 years of her life in Fairfax and Annandale, and when she graduated from Oakton High School in 1985 she headed for college in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Capital University in 1989 and went straight to seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She graduated in 1993 with a Masters in Divinity, and went on to serve two congregations consecutively in Madison, Wisconsin before she accepted a call to start a brand new congregation in a suburb of Indianapolis, New Joy Lutheran Church, in 1999. In March of 2012 she accepted the call to help the people of what was formerly known as Christus Victor Lutheran Church forge a new identity and ministry in the Manassas area, and with lots of prayer and conversations with folks, she named our church River of Grace. A river is always changing, she says, and at the same time, God's grace is always abundant. It shapes and changes our lives, all for the beauty of the world around us.
Pastor Connie and her twin daughters live in Manassas. Living nearby are her parents, her only brother, a couple of nieces, and her very first great-niece. They live in Gainesville and Clifton, so moving back to this part of the world was really a "coming home" for her. She's become reacquainted with lots of old friends and looks forward to what the future brings back home in northern Virginia.