Meet Our Staff
Pastor Kevin Wattles has been serving at Grace since 1996. He also serves as a member of the WELS Board for Home Missions and is chairman of the North Atlantic Mission District Board.
Kevin holds a Liberal Arts Degree from Northwestern College (1992) and a Master of Divinity Degree from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (1996). He is a Doctor of Ministry Candidate at Denver Seminary.
Kevin and his wife Jill have three children—Kortney, Josh and Jason. He enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities and is very much looking forward to the Washington Nationals going to the World Series

Contact Pastor Kevin Wattles: 703.534.1719 or

Pastor Tim Satorius has led our outreach into the Hispanic community in Northern Virginia and pastored “La Iglesia Luterana Gracia y Paz,” Grace’s Spanish-speaking congregation since coming to Grace in May of 2006.  He also serves as WELS liaison to the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Church in Puerto Rico.

He graduated from Northwestern College in 1985.  After serving as vicar (ministry intern) in Puerto Rico and learning Spanish, he graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1989 with a Master of Divinity degree.  His ministry experience before coming to Grace includes service as instructor at Nebraska Lutheran High School (two years), as missionary in Puerto Rico (seven years) and Antigua (eight years).

Tim and his wife Lorna have four children--Tyler, Zachary, Noah and Melina--who currently attend four different schools in four different states.  He enjoys participating in sports (both playing and coaching) and following sports (those of his children and of his favorite teams).

Contact Pastor Tim Satorius: 703.534.1719 or

Staff Minister Kyle Heise grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Kyle is responsible for youth ministries (grades 6-12) and coordinating contemporary worship services. He attended Fox Valley High Lutheran High School and the University of Wisconsin – Eu Claire before transferring to Martin Luther College to pursue a ministry career. Kyle has many interests including hiking, back-packing, canoeing, rock climbing, and caving, as well as a few indoor pursuits including reading, cooking and dancing. 

Contact Kyle Heise at 920-264-7538.

Tricia Visscher has been the Grace’s Administrative Assistant since the spring of 2002.  She assists with the daily operations of the church and special events at Grace.  One of her favorite events is Summer Bible Camp because the children and helpers bring such excitement with them during the week.

Tricia is a graduate of Michigan Technological University.  Before starting work at Grace, Tricia worked as a Procurement Manager for a telecommunications company.

Outside of her work at church, Tricia enjoys cooking, quilting, and scrapbooking.  She and her husband, Chuck, have one daughter, Beth.  They enjoy spending time with their families and friends whenever they can. 

Contact Tricia Visscher: 703.534.1719 or

Principal Patrick Hurley has been serving as both Principal and Development Director of Grace Christian Academy since July 2012.  He also serves as the District School Coordinator for the North Atlantic District.
Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Wisconsin Lutheran College (2001) and is working on his Masters in Educational Leadership through Concordia University Wisconsin. He also has his teaching license for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to his service at Grace, Patrick taught middle school at St. Marcus Lutheran School and was the founding Principal of HOPE Christian School Fortis, both in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Patrick and his wife Kari have two boys-Simon and Bryce.  In their free time the Hurley family can be found enjoying all that the DC area has to offer. They also enjoy packing up the car (and Lola their puggle) for road trips, exploration and fun family adventures.

Contact Patrick Hurley: 703.534.5517 or
Penny Hoeting has served as the School Administrative Assistant at Grace Christian Academy since August 2010.  She provides office and administrative support for Principal Hurley and the teachers.  Penny manages the enrollment and tuition set up for the Grace scholars, and also serves as the contact person for all school families.
Penny is a graduate of Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota.  Prior to serving at GLS, Penny worked for over 19 years as a Network Representative for a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and assisted in contracting doctors and hospitals in the National Capital area.
A native Minnesotan, Penny moved to Virginia and married her husband, David (a native Virginian), in 1990.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and especially beach vacations to the Outerbanks, North Carolina, with her husband.

Contact Penny Hoeting: 703.534.5517 or
Tim Walsh is the Vicar (intern pastor) at Grace. He will be working at Grace from August 2019 to August 2020 as part of his pastoral training. Before coming to Falls Church, Tim worked as a K-12 English teacher in Callao, Peru; as a high school Spanish teacher in Milwaukee, WI; and as the lead English teacher and outreach coordinator for Ingles en Waukesha, an outreach ministry in Waukesha, WI. 

Tim grew up in Florida, and his wife, Ruth, grew up in Africa in a missionary family. They met in college and married in 2017. Their daughter, Eliana, turns one in September 2019. You may hear her this year gabbing very loudly during a church service. (She especially loves to try and talk over her daddy when he preaches.) 
Contact Tim Walsh: 703-534-1719 or