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

Penny Hoeting has served as the School Administrative Assistant and Director of Admissions at Grace Christian Academy since August 2010.  She provides office and administrative support for the faculty.  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
Josh Koelpin Josh Koelpin is the Vicar (ministry intern) at Grace Lutheran Church/Iglesia Luterana Gracia y Paz.  As a Vicar, Josh will learn many skills to help him become a pastor in both English and Spanish. 

Josh is originally from Southern Minnesota and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Martin Luther College. His Vicar experience at Grace is part of his post-graduate seminary training at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.  In his free time, he enjoys traveling both in the United States and abroad. He also likes playing sports (soccer, basketball, and tennis are his favorites) and spending time outside. He is looking forward to experiencing Northern Virginia and serving at Grace this coming year.
Contact Josh Koelpin: 507.766.0674 or


Kody was brought on staff shortly after the pandemic began. He came to Grace (via UPS) with the mission to teach children about Jesus. He has made a lot of friends here and has also found fame as a co-anchor on the Grace News Network. When he's not at work, Kody enjoys a lot of quiet leisure time. 

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