Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:2). Inspired by the account of the destitute widow (in Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4), I seek to offer my two cents about faith and the world for those interested. Hopefully, it will serve to honor God and help others here and there along the way. Please remember that this is my personal blog. Opinions expressed and errors made are none but my own. If ever any questions or concerns, please be sure to contact me. Post a comment or email me MessiahMechPR@gmail.com whenever you like. Welcome to my blog!
Your brother in Christ,
Biography from the Messiah Lutheran Church and School website:
The Rev. Louis A. Florio, Jr. (or “Pastor Lou”) was called to serve at Messiah Lutheran Church and School by congregational vote on Reformation Sunday, 2007. He began his pastoral ministry on November 26, 2007, but Pastor Lou was officially ordained and installed as Messiah’s seventh pastor on Saturday, December 8, 2007.
Previously, Pastor Lou served approximately six years with the City of Alexandria (Virginia) Police Department – primarily on midnight patrol; including as a field training officer and as part of their community policing efforts. Pastor Lou left police work to volunteer with the Ecumenical Community of Taizé in France and discern his call to full-time ministry. This led him to later serve as a house parent and lay missioner at St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota for three and a half years. As he finished seminary studies and awaited his first call as pastor, Pastor Lou worked as a chaplain with Mary Washington Hospice in Fredericksburg, VA.
Pastor Lou is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (BA, English) and concurrently earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary & PSCE (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. Additional studies for ordination were completed at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.
Currently, Pastor Lou’s volunteer outreach in our community includes: regularly leading ecumenical worship at Hanover Adult Center; acting as a spiritual adviser with the local L’Arche project’s community life group; participating on the Faith Relations Committee of Hanover Habitat for Humanity; and serving as a law enforcement chaplain. His wife, Kristine, is employed with the federal government. You may contact him directly at email@example.com . You can learn more about Messiah Lutheran Church and School at MessiahMech.com or call 804-746-7134.
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