OUR PASTOR & LEADERS
our leadership team
Council President and Operations Team Leader
My name is Marie Moyer and I grew up in Portland, Oregon but have lived in Woodbridge since 1985. I love River of Grace because they have really become my second family. By day I'm a senior systems engineer and work under contract to the federal government. In the evenings and on weekends I play bass guitar in our worship band, work on my ridiculously awesome military truck and play indoor soccer. I found River of Grace through a recommendation on the internet in the late summer of 2014. It was during a low point in my life and I was, quite literally, taken in, instantly accepted and loved here. My main motivation for serving is because I have never felt the spirit of Our Lord at work in a church quite like He's working here. We really mean it when we say we love God and love others! I'm really looking forward to all the great opportunities to share God's unconditional love to everyone in our surrounding community and to see His ministry grow by leaps and bounds during the coming year!
Council Vice President
Hello, my name is Stuart Ransom. I’m a brother. I’m a nephew. I’m a cousin. I’m an uncle. I’m a brother-in-law. I’m a veteran. I love reality television. When I’m not glued to the big screen watching the Real Housewives of somewhere, Chrisley Knows Best, or the Kardashians, I’m probably refereeing an argument between my four sarcastically opinionated children. My beautiful wife of fifteen plus years, Veronica, enjoys watching me debate with our three-year-old daughter about the substantial differences between My Little Pony and Doc McStuffins toys. I love to BBQ vast varieties of meats and poultry on a charcoal grill and or wood smoker. When it comes to working experience, I transitioned from the military right into a career in the telecommunications industry.
My journey to River of Grace begins at Epiphany Lutheran Church. I was one of many from ELC who decided to join RoG and continue doing God’s work in Prince William County, VA after a bittersweet no merger vote in summer 2016. I joyfully continue to worship at RoG because of the grace, Christian education, and diversity.
I chose to serve because to whom much is given, much is expected (Luke 12:48).
I am Peter Bonanno from Darien, Connecticut and now Manassas, Virginia, with stops throughout the heartland of our country courtesy of my career in the Air Force, in between. My spiritual journey at River of Grace has been a true blessing to me and my family. My relationship with Boy Scout Troop 43 brought me to River of Grace several years ago. I was inspired to actually join the church because Pastor Connie ministered to me during some tough times in my life. Her loving spirit sustains my faith and inspires my service to our church. The fulfillment of serving on the council, playing in the River Rising Band and the friends my wife Gretchen and I have made here at River of Grace have enriched our spirit and brought us closer to scripture and our Lord. Our 2017 way ahead, I believe, with the plan our council has put together for the coming year, has RoG on a path for us to touch lives in our community, help us minister more effectively to each other, and put us on a pathway to financial independence. I very much want to serve our congregation and our pastor as we begin our 2017 journey.
Katherine ‘Chris’ Kepler grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and found her way to River of Grace when looking for a local church home that truly felt like family! It was the United States Navy that brought Chris to Virginia, but it was this church family that helped her decide to retire in Northern Virginia after proudly serving on active duty for more than 24 years. She gives thanks for this congregation and all the wonderful family members who make this church their home. Chris’ dreams for River of Grace include being an active participant in the incredible way God is continuing to grow this congregation and miraculously provide for each and every need, as His people actively choose to Love Him and Love Others. Chris loves the great outdoors and enjoys bicycling, hiking, camping and dutch-oven cooking. She serves as Treasurer and enjoys being able to give back to her church family.
Council Member-At-Large and Music Ministry Leader
Donna O’Mahony is the leader of our Music Ministry at River of Grace, and also served as our Congregational president, and continues to serve on the Worship team. You will often see her working with Sunday morning volunteers, setting up the worship slides, folding worship folders, and making sure everything is right “in the background.” She loves our church and has roots from a former congregation in this place, Christus Victor, that helped River of Grace get its start. Donna gives thanks for the welcome feeling and positive energy in all of our ministries, and says that both CVLC and RoG have been a second home. “We have made many friends and it helps keep me grounded in God.” Donna is married to Vince and has three children: Cady, Donald, and Chris (married to Kenny) and LOVES being a grandma to two beautiful grandchildren! What Donna wishes more people knew about Christianity is that knowing God’s love can really help people through bad times and also help people be more aware of their blessings. A wish she has for herself is to live in the Outer Banks, and a dream she has for our church is to grow and be able to be financially independent from the synod and be able to make a real difference in our community. She also wants us to be able to help families in need, repair homes in need, and offer help for those in need!
I’m Chuck Brown. I was born in New Jersey, but have mostly lived in Northern Virginia. I work as the owner of a building permit business, servicing most of the big housing builders in N. Va. My hobbies are, playing the drums in a rock band, metal detecting for civil war relics and fishing.
Two years ago my family and I were seeking a new church. A friend of ours who was a member at River of Grace suggested we try there. The first service we attended we were hooked! We felt nothing but loved, welcomed and a great since of belonging. I enjoy helping and servicing the church any way I can and will be very proud and dedicated to serve on the council.
Council Member and Support Team Leader
Steve Krieger was born at the former Chincoteague VA Naval Auxiliary Air Station and grew up in Louisville, KY. Steve and his wife Shirley have four children and four grandchildren. After 38 years as an executive in the financial services industry, Steve retired at the end of 2015. He enjoys traveling, painting, astronomy, golf, landscaping and woodworking. Steve found his way to River of Grace when he was dragged there by his wife Shirley. After retiring, and having no further excuses, he began to attend regularly, and soon came to realize all that God had to offer in this magnificent church. Pastor Connie continually works diligently to teach and guide him, as does his wife Shirley. Steve was given the opportunity to apply his musical talents with the River Rising Band, where he has found friendships, joy, and a deeper relationship with God. He feels that he is doing exactly what he is supposed to be doing, by God's plan.
Service Ministry Leader
I’m Kathy Panther. I am originally from Minnesota, a born and bred Norwegian Lutheran. Virginia has been my home of residence between tours abroad since my husband and I began working for the U.S. Agency for International Development in 1979. In 2014, following the passing of my husband from early onset Alzheimer's, I began looking for a permanent new church home. Although I had concerns about the small size of River of Grace, Connie's sermons, Marcus' music and the warm welcome I received from the church family kept me coming back. One day a friend said to me, "Kathy, in your search for a new church you talk about what you need from the church, but how about what you can give to a church?" That was the end of my search and I signed the River of Grace charter. I am thrilled about the new opportunity I am being given to lead and work side-by-side with the congregation on the Service Ministry Team. As I move into retirement in a couple of months I had been praying for guidance on the direction my new life should take, and as always, God has answered my prayers with this opportunity. My career has been spent serving women and children's health needs in Africa, and now by God's grace and with your help I am blessed to be able to continue serving right here in our community.
Education and Youth Ministry Leader
Hello, I’m Jim Hedrick. I am from Virginia, I was born in Washington DC and grew up in Falls Church VA. When I was young our family belonged to Redeemer Lutheran church in McLean VA. This is where I went through Confirmation classes and Kathy and I were married.
We moved to Prince William in 1989 and at the time I was not attending church. I had taken a break for about 10 years. I had the feeling I was missing something in my life and after about two years of reading the Christus Victor sign on the side of the Route 234 I decided it was time to come back. I was here for the transition over to River of Grace and it was exactly what I needed.
I believe your spiritual growth should never stop. Worship is a wonderful and important part of your faith journey, but it is not everything you need. I think understanding your faith and your gifts comes from furthering your understanding of the word and making it part of your everyday life. I was inspired by my two previous pastors to read more, take on more responsibilities, and have faith God will always be with you. Everyone should have the same opportunity I had.
Outreach and Growth Ministry Leader
Hi there, I'm Jennifer Kuendel, usually go by Jenn. I am married to my wonderful husband, Scott Kuendel. Together, we have our daughter, Charlotte who is 1.5 years old... going on thirteen. Scott and I were born and raised in Woodbridge, VA and Charlotte will be also. We found River of Grace about 2 years ago when looking for churches to get married in. So, we attended service one Sunday and instantly felt at home. Needless to say, we got married at the church and have been coming ever since! When Pastor Connie approached me about this role, I was excited and honored to know I would be a part of something so important, but most of all fun and uplifting! I love planning events and taking care of all the details that are involved (especially the crafty ones)! I look forward to taking on this role and working with others to bring on an exciting year for River of Grace!
Fellowship and Worship Ministry Leader
Shirley Krieger and her husband moved from San Diego, CA to Woodbridge, VA in 2009. They were married in 1994 and their blended family consists of two boys and two girls, and four energetic grandchildren. They both had long time careers in banking. Shirley loves traveling, going to special events, and being outdoors. She also enjoys cooking and entertaining in her home. Shirley says, “Being a member of River of Grace and on the Worship Team has brought me the greatest joy of being part of any ministry I have ever belonged to. Here is where the rubber meets the road. We worship God and open our hearts to everyone, all inclusive. Loving God and Serving others is our true mission in life and at this church.”