Cynthia (Cindy) Baskin

Pastor Cindy joined St. John as our interim pastor in January 2019.  Raised a Lutheran, Pastor Cindy earned her B.A. at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.  After graduation, she served for two years as a missionary in Papua New Guinea underthe auspices of the Board of World Missions of the Lutheran Church. Upon returning to the United States, she received a M.A. in Teaching from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and then moved to Florida where she taught middle school science for 10 years. During these years, she found her way into an Episcopal Church, eventually joining a parish staff as lay Director of Program. Following a call to ordained ministry, she attended and graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary with an M.Div degree (1995).  Pastor Cindy was ordained as an Episcopal priest, serving as the senior pastor at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Potomac, Maryland, from 1999-2015 until she retired. Since then, Pastor Cindy has served as an interim pastor, first at New Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Lovettsville, Virginia, and now at St. John Lutheran, Riverdale.

 Cindy enjoys working with others to enable Christ’s message of love and reconciliation to enter people’s lives. She believes the Church is called by God to enact Christ's mission through the ministry of all its members and therefore enjoys fostering cooperative efforts among all members and developing a communal and spiritual life rooted in worship, nurtured by study, and celebrated in outreach to the world.

  June 2021  
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