Our Pastor

A message from Pastor Lou

florio-head-shotAnyone who is to find Christ must first find the church… Now the church is not wood or stone, but the company of people who believe in Christ.” – Martin Luther

To have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ infers that we need a relationship with his body, the church. At Messiah, we understand that there are many varied expressions of faith and ministries. Each has a unique purpose and beauty. As you seek to meet the Risen Christ in your life, we invite you to journey with us. No pressure, just come, taste and see. For now, please explore our website – especially our picture gallery, calendar and newsletter sections – to gain a better sense of our shared life. If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me by email (MessiahMechPR@gmail.com) or by phone (804-746-7134). I would also be honored to meet with you to help you discern your call within Christ’s family. May the grace and peace of Jesus Christ be with you now and forever. Amen.

Personal Blog: 2pennyblog.wordpress.com

Sample children’s sermon, Silent Night? (Christmas Eve 2015)

 

Professional History:
Messiah’s sixth pastor, The Rev. Louis A. Florio, Jr. (or “Pastor Lou”) is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (BA, English) and concurrently earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary (formally Union – PSCE) and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. His dual degree thesis explored the impact of religiosity upon youth. Additional studies for ordination were completed at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, now United Lutheran Seminary.

A former six year veteran of the City of Alexandria (Virginia) Police Department, Pastor Lou served primarily in midnight patrol, including as a field training officer and as part of their community policing efforts. He was awarded six Chief’s Outstanding Achievement and Performance Awards for his service. In 1994, he and his police partner were awarded the Alexandria Kiwanis’ Police Officer(s) of the Year Award for their community policing efforts.

Among Pastor Lou’s previous ministry and mission experience, he served as a “house parent” and missionary at St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota and as a volunteer with the Ecumenical Community of Taizé in France. He also has experience as a chaplain with Mary Washington Hospice in Fredericksburg, VA. Pastor Lou seeks to remain active with the Virginia Chaplains Association and the International Conference of Police Chaplains, and he currently serves as Vice Chair of the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Chaplains Program. In 2017, Hanover County Sheriff’s Office nominated him to be awarded the National Sheriff’s Association Chaplain of the Year Award in appreciation of his service. This award “recognizes a chaplain who has made outstanding contributions to law enforcement and his/her agency or who had demonstrated conspicuous excellence in the performance of his/her duties.”

Pastor Lou is blessed to be part of the L’Arche Metro Richmond community and has volunteered regularly with Mechanicsville’s Relay for Life, Hanover Adult CenterHanover Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics Virginia. He has been a profiled blogger at Living Lutheran in the past, and you can always visit his 2pennyblog. Pastor Lou serves as current Dean of the Richmond Conference of ELCA Congregations. His wife, Kristine, is employed with the Federal government and actively serves on several ministry teams of the congregation.

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