The Rev. Louis A. Florio, Jr. (or “Pastor Lou”) was called to serve at Messiah Lutheran Church by congregational vote on Reformation Sunday, 2007. Previously, Pastor Lou served approximately six years with the City of Alexandria (Virginia) Police Department – primarily on midnight patrol; including as a field training officer and as part of their community policing efforts. Pastor Lou left police work to volunteer with the Ecumenical Community of Taizé in France and discern his call to full-time ministry. This led him to later serve as a house parent and lay missioner at St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota for three and a half years. As he finished seminary studies and awaited his first call as pastor, Pastor Lou worked as a chaplain with Mary Washington Hospice in Fredericksburg, VA.
Pastor Lou is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (BA, English) and concurrently earned a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary & PSCE (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. Additional studies for ordination were completed at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.
Currently, Pastor Lou’s volunteer outreach in our community includes: leading ecumenical worship at Hanover Adult Center; acting as a spiritual adviser with the local L’Arche project’s planing group; participating on the Faith Relations Committee of Hanover Habitat for Humanity; and serving as a law enforcement chaplain. His wife, Kristine, is employed with the federal government.