Sunday, January 10, 2021
At today's special congregational meeting, Living Waters Lutheran Church voted to elect Vicar Mary "JJ" Simpson-Keelan as our new Pastor. Welcome to Living Waters, Vicar JJ! We are excited to start our journey February 1st
Pastor JJ graduated from United Lutheran Seminary (Philadelphia campus) in May of 2020. Prior to attending seminary, she worked for 29 years at International Flavors and Fragrances. She started as an analytical chemist, but her most recent position was Director of Procurement Processes and Systems. While working at IFF, Pastor JJ obtained her Masters of Business Administration and achieved certification as a Project Management Professional, and obtained a certificate in Youth and Family Ministry from Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary. Pastor JJ recently completed her internship at St. Paul Lutheran Church in East Windsor, NJ where they only had great things to say describing Vicar JJ as a "huge asset" to a church.
Pastor JJ is married to Colleen. Colleen is employed as a Systems Analyst for an insurance company. Pastor JJ's daughter Mae is a sophomore at NYU studying philosophy and linguistics. Their dog, Rusty, completes the family. Rusty is a certified pet therapist who accompanies Pastor JJ in her ministry work.
Pastor JJ begins her call with the congregation of Living Waters on February 1, 2021. She was ordained and installed as pastor of Living Waters Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 22, 2021.