Christine Mortlock Named New Minister to Children and Families

We are pleased to welcome Christine Mortlock to the staff of St. John’s. She is already familiar to many of us, singing regularly at The Gathering, participating in Journey Groups and our annual women’s retreat, and leading a four-session small group on Marcus Borg’s The Heart of Christianity this spring.

Beginning August 1, Chrissy will step into a new role here, serving as our new Minister to Children and Families. She succeeds Meredith Harper, who will begin teaching at Roanoke Catholic this fall.

Our rector, Eric Long, calls it “nothing less than providential that she is called to build upon the strong foundation established for St. John’s children’s ministries over the last several years. Her gifts, passion, leadership and joyful spirit are perfect for this position and we are excited about what new avenues of grace God will lead us into next.”

“I look forward to meeting more of our congregation, and supporting and encouraging families and children in their Christian faith as it is realized in their daily lives,” says Chrissy.

“The experiences I have had working with families and children as an elementary school teacher, camp director and Sunday School teacher have opened my eyes to the great need for God’s gracious love and care to be sung into the hearts of families and children. I look forward to the Spirit’s continued unfolding in our lives together in Christian community.”

Chrissy has an M.S. in information and digital resource management from Columbia University (her thesis: Evolving Trends in Teen Web Librarianship) and a B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut. She interned and then worked in editorial for Columbia University Press for nearly a decade.

Chrissy moved back to Virginia to be closer to her parents (her mother, a Methodist minister, and her father, a doctor). Feeling a call to teaching, she received her Masters in Teaching at Hollins University in 2017 and is licensed to teach pre-kindergarten through sixth grade in Virginia. She taught second grade this past year at Greenfield Elementary School. Her past volunteer work has included tutoring at Mount Pleasant Elementary and Sunday School teaching at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. She credits summers working for the YMCA in Camden, Maine, and her involvement with campus ministry at Columbia as having a strong impact on her faith formation over the years.

Please welcome Christine Mortlock to the staff of St. John’s!

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