By Mary Lou Hinrichsen Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald
---- — CLINTON — A husband and wife team with international experience was welcomed as co-pastors Sunday by the members of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.
Pastor Le Anne Christine Clausen de Montes is originally from Mason City and went to Wartburg College in Waverly. Between college and seminary she spent several years in the Middle East and Central Asia a a human rights worker.
Pastor Jorge Alberto Montes-Clausen is originally from El Salvador and has worked with ministries to prisoners, HIV/AID patients and refugee and street children, both in El Salvador and in Chicago.
They met in seminary in Chicago, where each earned the Master of Divinity degree, Pastor Jorge from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2007 and Pastor Le Ann from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2009. They previously served churches near Madison Wis., Waukegan, Ill., and Chicago, covering a range of settings from small town/rural to suburban and urban.
Pastor Jorge has spent several years as a hospital and hospice chaplain and especially enjoys working with small groups. Pastor Le Anne enjoys worship planning and helping congregations plan for the future. Both enjoy developing community outreach programs and working on social justice concerns, in addition to preaching and pastoral care.
In his spare time, Pastor Jorge enjoys gardening, biking, nature and learning the saxophone. Pastor Le Anne enjoys art, writing, hiking, and is learning the guitar. Both love to sing and are avid readers. When possible, the family travels to El Salvador to visit Pastor Jorge’s family there.
They are the parents of three children: Sophie, 4; Sam, 2 in April, and Maya, 1 in May. They will be living in the First Congregational Church Parsonage.