Meet Our Team Members
New Jerusalem Lutheran Church exists because of dedicated members and staff that help keep our mission close to their hearts.
New Jerusalem is celebrating the call of our new pastor, Krista Vingelis!
Pastor Krista Vingelis
The Reverend Krista T. Vingelis has served in Falls Church, Va., Porterville, Calif., Jamaica, New York, and Hooversville, Pa. We are overjoyed as we welcome her to Lovettsville, Va. and to New Jerusalem.
Julia Y. Kretsinger has served New Jerusalem Lutheran Church as our organist and choir director for more than sixty years! We are proud to have such a talented and generous professional in our midst.
Julia came to Lovettsville in September 1954 as the bride of Pastor Michael Kretsinger. Soon after her arrival at New Jerusalem, she was asked to substitute when the current organist became ill. (What a find! She had been playing professionally since the age of 16.) That same year, Julia began as director of the Luther League Choir (formerly Junior Choir) and the choir began meeting regularly. In 1957, she organized and directed the Cherub Choir (grades 1-6). Before the Cherub Choir sang, she worked with the children to learn each piece of music by memory.
During her time at New Jerusalem, Julia has blessed our services with much needed updated hymns, directed and enhanced our choir, and served our congregation and community with an open heart.
Over the years, she has spent many hours voluntarily accompanying for different organizations in Loudoun County. These organizations include the Loudoun Choral Group, which began meeting at New Jerusalem under the direction of Graham Clark and later moved to Leesburg; Loudoun Valley High School for every day rehearsals in preparation for final performance, and Oatlands Musical Theater winter and summer performances.