HELEN GIANNINI

ASSISTANT MINISTER OF CONGREGATIONAL LIFE

helen@stjohnlutheran.org

Helen grew up in Myerstown, PA, which is a small town about an hour east of Harrisburg. Helen met her husband, Jim, in Allentown, PA when they worked for the same company. They married in 1982 and have two grown children—Jen who currently lives in Charlottesville, VA and works for UVA; and Anthony who is finishing up his Masters Degree in Education and is looking forward to becoming a high school history teacher.

Helen and her family moved to Roanoke in early 2006 and have been attending St. John Lutheran ever since. She joined the staff in January 2016.

Helen had started working toward her Bachelor’s degree several times in the past, and recently has gone back to finally finish her degree in Religion at Liberty University Online.

When Helen is not doing schoolwork, she enjoys reading, sewing, and traveling.

Helen feels that service is her main call and one of her favorite Bible passages is Romans 12.3-8:

“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”