NALC Life Conference – January 28th, 2021

Our Fourth Annual NALC Life Conference will be held on Thursday, January 28th, 2021 at Reformation Lutheran Church, 601 Madison Rd, Culpeper, VA 22701 from noon until 5PM. The event is free and will begin with a free lunch and will conclude with a communion service with Rev. Mark Chavez presiding.

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 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, a 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, Fort Wayne. She graduated in October 2018 and was commissioned as a deaconess with Lutherans for Life.

In her position as the Word of Hope Director, Chrissie answers 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 neighbor through acts of mercy. Each year, she opens her heart and home to exchange students from around the world. Amongst her church family, she regularly visits folks 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.

There is no registration required. But please email Rebecka Andrae at if you will be attending the lunch so we can get a head count.

For those interested, the following day, Friday the 29th, we will be attending the March for Life in Washington, DC. The usual prayer service before the march has been cancelled due to COVID-19, but the march is on! We will be joining the LCMS contingent at 12th & Constitution from 12:00-12:30PM and then starting the trek to the Supreme Court at 12:30PM. If you need help on the day of the march you can call Pastor Dennis at the number below.

We are also taking orders for either baby blue or pink hats that we will wear during the march for $10 apiece.

Orders can be made by calling Pastor Dennis Di Mauro at (703) 568-3346 or emailing him at You can send a check payable to “Trinity Lutheran Church” (with “NALC Life” in the notes) to 276 Cleveland St. Warrenton, VA 20186. Make sure and let him know whether you want a pink or a blue hat!