The Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun, located off Gleedsville Road in Leesburg, has welcomed its first resident minister.
Reverend Dan King joined the congregation in September following a summer relocation to Loudoun County from his prior ministry at the First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist of Kingston in Kingston, MA.
King and his spouse Nina Benedetto, a teacher and artist, made the decision to move to Northern Virginia soon after their daughter, who resides in Fairfax, welcomed their second grandchild. Since accepting the UUCL ministry, they moved to a home nearby in Leesburg and have quickly become a contributing part of the Loudoun community.
King brings deep experience to the 26-year-old UUCL congregation. He studied and practiced law in Texas for 20 years before making the decision together with his family to commit to the call of ministry. His first nine years of service to a UU congregation in Augusta, GA. Following this successful experience, King accepted a position with the Unitarian Universalist Association headquarters in Boston. However, he decided ministry was a better fit and soon accepted his last position with a small congregation in Kingston, where he served for nine years.
King said he feels that his sense of calling is to collaborate with church leaders to make a difference in the world. “Our focus is to welcome diverse families of spiritual seekers to become part of a loving community which embraces practical ethics and constructive engagement with world faith traditions in service to the world,” he stated in a press release.
For more information about the church, go to uuloudoun.org.