Rev. Wendy Moen
Rev. Wendy Moen grew up in Decorah, Iowa with her parents, brother and numerous farm animals. She played sports and the flute and French horn throughout middle and high school.
Pastor Moen graduated from the University of Iowa in 1992 with a Bachelors of Social Work and a B.A. of Psychology. In 1999 after 7 years of social work with various populations and in various settings, including a year of accompaniment with the people of Nicaragua, she began seminary studies at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and graduated with a Master's of Divinity in 2003. Her concentration areas at the seminary were in Urban Ministry and Latino Studies. Her seminary training included serving as intern pastor at Luther Place Memorial Church, Washington, DC 2001-2002 and a Clinical Pastoral Education Program at the Washington Hospital Center in the summer of 2000.
In February of 2017, Pastor Moen accepted a call to Grace Lutheran Church. She feels called to tell people about Jesus and to help God be real and present in the world. Her heart is with the poor, the marginalized, and the persecuted. She seeks to accompany, encourage and empower everyone by the power of the gospel, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to know God more deeply. Pastor Moen appreciates the history of Grace to be a welcoming place for all people, to be engaged in service to their neighbors and a strong liturgical feel in worship. She looks forward to building relationships with the members and friends of Grace as well as in the community.
Pastor Moen’s first call was to First Trinity Lutheran Church, DC in 2003. While at First Trinity, Pastor Moen excelled in worship and preaching, outreach, pastoral care, building a sense of community and small group ministry. These emphases helped the First Trinity steadily grow for the last 13 years. She has experience leading retreats, leading discernment activities and exploring different types of spiritual practices.
Pastor Moen has served on the board of Lifeline Partnership and supports Community Family Life Services, both ministries of First Trinity Lutheran Church. Pastor Moen also serves on the Synod Candidacy Committee that accompanies those desiring to join the rosters of the ELCA.
Pastor Moen is the proud mother of one wonderful and energetic son, Jonathan. Jonathan is 14 years old and attends Alice Deal Middle School. He enjoys baseball, crew, music and entrepreneurship.
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