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The fourth annual NALC Life Conference will be held on Thursday, Jan. 28, at Reformation Lutheran Church in Culpeper, Virginia, from noon until 5 p.m.

The event is free and will begin with a free lunch. It will conclude with a communion service led by the Rev. Mark Chavez, NALC general secretary.

This year’s conference will be very special. Our keynote speaker will be Chrissie Gillette, director of Word of Hope for Lutherans for Life.

Chrissie earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Spalding University and completed her psychology residency as an officer in the United States Air Force. She served four years of active duty and another four as inactive reserve.

God blessed her with a range of counseling experiences in settings such as a domestic violence shelter, the suicide crisis hotline, military mental health clinics and a Christian counseling agency. Transitioning from an emphasis on psychology to theology, Chrissie attended the Distance Deaconess Program at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She graduated in 2018 and was commissioned as a deaconess with Lutherans for Life.

In her position as the Word of Hope director, Chrissie answers the hotline calls and emails. Understanding both the secular worldview and the Christ-Centered perspective, she listens without personal judgment while also responding in Christian truth and love. Motivated by compassion, she often goes above and beyond to connect people with local services and natural supports.

Beyond her typical hotline responsibilities, Chrissie writes articles, publicly speaks, and leads Bible studies on a range of topics related to life issues.

Valuing a Christ-Centered lifestyle, Chrissie serves her neighbors through acts of mercy. Each year, she opens her heart and home to exchange students from around the world. Among her church family, she regularly visits people who are hospitalized or shut-in, and enjoys the fellowship while creating crafts with members in her home.

Within the rural and small-town community, she gifts numerous people with produce from her garden, home-cooked dishes, or crocheted newborn-baby blankets. Truly, to know Chrissie is to know her as your loving sister in Christ.

No registration required. But please email Rebecka V.A. Frontz at [email protected] if you will be attending the lunch so we can get a head count.

For those interested, the following day, Friday, Jan. 29, we will be attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C. The usual prayer service before the march has been cancelled due to COVID-19, but the march is on! We will be meeting up with other Lutherans at 12th and Madison Streets at noon. If you need help on the day of the march you may call Pastor Dennis Di Mauro.

Pastor Di Mauro is also selling either baby blue or pink hats for $10 each. The hats will be worn for the March for Life.

Orders can be made by contacting Pastor Dennis Di Mauro at 703-568-3346 or [email protected]. You may also send a check payable to “Trinity Lutheran Church” (with “NALC Life” in the memo) to 276 Cleveland Street, Warrenton, VA 20186. Be sure to indicate whether you want a pink or a blue hat.

NALC pastors and members are encouraged to join the NALC Life Ministries board for this very special event.

You can learn more about NALC Life Ministries at thenalc.org/lifeministries.