Meet Our Team Members
New Jerusalem Lutheran Church exists because of dedicated members and staff that help keep our mission close to their hearts.
Pastor Krista Vingelis
Pastor Krista is excited to be serving as pastor here at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church. She comes to NJLC from a wide and diverse background and experience in life and faith. Born in New York, but raised in the suburbs of Northern Virginia, Pastor Krista graduated from George Mason University with B.A. in Theater. She went on to teach and direct children’s and youth theater productions with the Young Actor’s Theater program of the Reston Community Center in Reston, VA. She went on to expand her work with children and youth when, as a young adult, she got involved with the Lutheran church (having grown up in the Roman Catholic tradition of the Christian faith). Soon, she found herself moving full-time into youth and family ministry and incorporating her love of theater and performing arts into the work of faith formation and biblical studies. In 2006, Pastor Krista graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN with a Master’s of Divinity with a Concentration in Youth and Family Ministry. Prior to graduation she worked with churches in Virginia, Missouri, Maryland, and Minnesota, and since becoming ordained into the Lutheran church as Pastor, she has served in Pennsylvania, New York, California, and now back home in Virginia.
Pastor Krista loves Jesus, God’s church on earth, and the wider world that God has created (she also loves dogs, playing board games, hanging out with friends, and exploring new places). She is looking forward to sharing God’s love with the community of Lovettsville, opening up avenues for holy conversations, and building healthy and vibrant relationships with her neighbors.
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.