First Congo is honored to welcome Rev. Michelle Townsend de López to the pulpit on Sunday, June 20!

Pastor Michelle serves as the Lead Pastor at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee ( where she has been a faithful and dedicated member for over 30 years. She received her Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago with an emphasis in Hispanic/Latino ministries. She also earned her Youth and Family Certification via the Bishop’s Initiative in coordination with Wartburg Seminary.

As Lead Pastor she is responsible for many areas of ministry including administration, community outreach, worship and prayer, pastoral care and others. She and her husband, Leonel Lopez, are the proud parents of five young boys, Rene, Samuelle, Leo, Erendirani and Quetzal, and “fur parents” of Chula the Chow Chow, and Xochi and Marshmallow, the ragdoll kittens.

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