While preaching at Edmonds UMC on Mother's Day 2017, Clarissa fell in love with our congregation (and we with her). Clarissa is a graduate of Duke University Divinity School and University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). She is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Western North Carolina Conference. She has served as a pastor, Wesley Foundation director, hospital chaplain and most recently as executive director of Project Salud y Paz. Clarissa, her husband Andreas, and their son, Adrian, are all bilingual in English and Spanish.