Meet Our Team Members
New Jerusalem Lutheran Church exists because of dedicated members and staff that help keep our mission close to their hearts.
We are overjoyed to welcome our new interim pastor, Cindy Baskin!
Pastor Cindy Baskin
The Rev. Cynthia O. Baskin recently retired as senior pastor of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland, after a sixteen year tenure. A native of Minnesota, Cindy received a BA from St. Olaf College, and then spent two years teaching in the Territory of Papua New Guinea under the auspices of the Board of World Missions of the Lutheran Church. Upon returning to the United States, she received a master of arts in theology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and then moved to Florida where she taught middle school science for ten years. During this time, she found her way into an Episcopal Church, eventually joining the parish staff as lay director of programs. Following a call to ordained ministry, she attended and graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary with master of divinity degree in 1995.
Cindy enjoys working with others in a parish community to enable Christ’s message of love and reconciliation to enter people’s lives. She believes the Church enacts Christ's mission through the ministry of all its members and therefore seeks to empower broad cooperative efforts to develop a communal and spiritual life rooted in worship, nurtured by study, and celebrated in outreach to the world.
Eva is the newest member of our administrative team at New Jerusalem. She grew up on Long Island, New York, and then spent fifteen years in Maryland where she earned a Bachelor's of Arts from the University of Maryland.
Eva is happily married and has two adult children, Jessica and Jordan. She and her family have resided in West Virginia for the past thirty years. Eva enjoys travel and meeting new people.
We are blessed to have Eva join our church family, and share her joy and energy with NJLC!
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.