The Rev. Ginny Tobiassen
The Rev. Virginia H. (Ginny) Tobiassen accepted a call to serve as Pastor of Home Church, beginning Jan. 1, 2017. A formal installation ceremony will be held during the 10 a.m. service on Jan. 29.
Rev. Tobiassen served Home Church as associate pastor from 2013 through 2016. The call process began in 2016 after Rev. Rick Sides announced he would retire Oct. 31.
In addition to her duties at Home Church, Ginny serves on the Salem Congregation Board of Elders, chairs the Interprovincial Board of Communication and is an adjunct instructor at Salem College.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ginny had a career in publishing before beginning the five-year journey to becoming a minister. She completed an MDiv degree at Wake Forest University School of Divinity in 2010 and a residency in clinical pastoral education at Wake Forest Baptist Health in 2011.
She finished her resident study at Moravian Theological Seminary in May 2012 and was ordained at Konnoak Hills Moravian Church on Jan. 20, 2013, with Bishop Sam Gray officiating. She is the author of two books and has taught a course on Moravian history at Salem College.
Ginny is the daughter of the late Rev. Fred Hege, who served Home, Advent and Fries Memorial Moravian churches and as assistant director of christian education for the Southern Province. She and her husband, Bill, have three grown sons and four grandchildren. Bill is an accomplished cabinet maker, restoration carpenter, and luthier (guitars and mandolins).