Meet the Vienna Presbyterian Pastors
The Rev. Dr. Peter G. James, Senior Pastor
Peter James came to Vienna Presbyterian in 1979. He served for several years as an Associate Pastor and became Senior Pastor in 1986. Pete received his Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Ohio Wesleyan, his Masters of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Seminary and his Doctorate in Ministry from Union Seminary in Richmond. Prior to coming to VPC, he served as campus minister and football coach at Thiel College in Pennsylvania.
Pete is passionate about sharing Christ with people through preaching, teaching and church planting. He has been instrumental in planting three churches in Northern Virginia and taught at Gordon Conwell Seminary. Pete and his wife Chris have two grown children, Andrew and Emily. Andrew is pastor of First Church Congregational in Boxford, MA. He and his wife have two children, Luke and Wesley. Emily is a high school counselor and field hockey coach in Lewisburg, PA, where Emily’s husband Mike is a football coach at Bucknell University. Emily and Mike have a son, Michael, and daughter, Ainsley Grace. Pete is a big sports enthusiast and enjoys playing racquetball.
The Rev. Dr. Glenda Simpkins Hoffman, Associate Pastor
Glenda’s life passion is spiritual formation–the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the glory of God, for the abundance of our own lives, and for the sake of others. She longs to experience the love of Christ more deeply and to learn to love him more and love others in his name, and she is called to lead other in doing the same. She knows from experience that this happens best in authentic community as we love, care for, encourage, and serve one another. Thus, she is committed to cultivating groups where people can experience life together in Christ and then extend that love to others who don’t know Christ.
Glenda was raised as one of four children in Carlin, a small town in northeastern Nevada. She is a graduate of Utah State University (B.S. in English Education), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Masters of Divinity), and most recently Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry in Reformed Christian Spirituality). After graduating college, Glenda served in campus ministry for seven years in California and one year in Moscow, Russia. After seminary, she served as the Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in River Forest, Ill., for ten years. She was called to VPC in 2007 where she has served as Associate Pastor with primary responsibility for adult and child spiritual formation.
Glenda met her husband, Stuart, just before leaving for Russia, and they became engaged in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) and were married in 1991. Her greatest joy is spending time with her husband and her two sons, Nate and Ian. She also enjoys spending time with extended family and friends, reading, and walking.
The Rev. David S. Jordan-Haas, Associate Pastor for Congregational Care
David was ordained on Epiphany Sunday in 1991, as a minister of the United Church of Christ. Before coming to VPC in November 2008, David served for 11 years at Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien, Connecticut, as Pastor for Caring Ministries. Prior to Noroton Presbyterian David served as an Associate Pastor in Mansfield, Ohio, and as a University Chaplain at Fairfield University. In 1997, David received certification in spiritual direction at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation nearby in Bethesda, and, in the summer of 2008 completed his master’s certification in Death Education and Grief Counseling at the College of New Rochelle.
Throughout the valleys and peaks of his journey David continues to fall deeper and deeper in love with Jesus Christ, his Master and Savior. His heart’s prayer is “to desire to desire you more, Jesus.” David received his undergraduate degree from Cornell College in Iowa, and his Master of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, where he met and fell in love with Connie, his wife and partner in ministry. Connie is an ordained PC(USA) pastor and served at Noroton Presbyterian, Darien, Connecticut, for 17 years. In addition to fulfilling her calling as a stay-at-home mother, Connie serves as a Parish Associate here at VPC. Connie has also served in interim associate pastorates at Grace Presbyterian in Springfield, VA, and Centreville Presbyterian in Centreville, VA.
David grew up in a small, Midwestern town, one of four children. His father is a retired professor and preacher, and his mother, a retired school teacher and church leader. Married to his wife since 1988, David and Connie have the miraculous gifts of two wonderful daughters, Mary Grace (born in 2003) and Julia Elizabeth (born in 1996). David enjoys life-around-the-house time, family time, good friends time, re-creative time and Sabbath time!
The Rev. Dr. E. Stanley Ott, Teaching Pastor
E. Stanley Ott is our part-time Teaching Pastor. He works with our pastoral staff and other leadership among other duties. He is president of the Vital Churches Institute, an organization that trains pastors and church leaders all over the country. Stan and his wife, Ann Marie, have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Stan’s education includes degrees from Georgia Tech, Purdue University, and McCormick Theological Seminary. His Ph.D. is from Purdue. Ann Marie is a strategic planning consultant to businesses. They have three children.
Stan’s publications include:
- Building One Another, a weekly email letter of encouragement www.buildingoneanother.org
- Twelve Dynamic Shifts for Transforming Your Church (Eerdmans)
- Transform Your Church with Ministry Teams (Eerdmans)
- Vision for a Vital Church (Vital Faith Resources)
- Small Group Life (Vital Faith Resources)
- The Vibrant Church: A People-Building Plan for Congregational Health (Regal)
- The Joy of Disciplining: Friend with Friend and Heart with Heart (Zondervan)
The Rev. Connie Jordan-Haas, Parish Associate
The Rev. Connie Jordan-Haas became a Parish Associate at VPC in September 2010. As a Parish Associate, she comes alongside the pastoral staff to support them in the disciplining and worship ministries of VPC. Leading a “Growing Your Soul” group, speaking to the PW and MOPS women, teaching elementary Sunday school, leading occasional seminars, assisting in worship, and participating in the Great Banquet community are some of the primary ways Connie fulfills her ministry as one of VPC’s Parish Associates.
A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Divinity School, Connie was ordained in her “home” church of First Presbyterian, Bethlehem, PA, in 1987. She served the First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, Ohio, as their Associate Pastor from 1988-1991. Connie then had a long tenure as one of the Associate Pastors of the Noroton Presbyterian Church (Darien, CT, a coastal town just north of NYC) for over 17 years. Her husband David’s call to VPC in the fall of 2008 relocated the family to Northern VA. Though her primary work for this season is to parent their daughters, Julia (a college student) and Mary Grace (a middle school student), Connie also teaches in local Bible studies and has served two interim positions with National Capital Presbytery.