Cultural Connections


Our vision is to see local immigrants transformed spiritually, socially, and economically through friendships with our parishioners centered in the Gospel

Our objective is to show hospitality and share talents and resources in our English language learning community; programming includes ESOL, Futura, a job-search course, Side-By-Side friendship partners, Neighbors Learning Together-Tutoring, and other Refugee initiatives. Here are some of the ways we're working with our whole church family.


WOW, performing, care packs, special events, NLT-game time, friendship partners-with family, gifts

Senior Adults


  • Planning Teams for ESOL classes and events that meet monthly to pray and discuss program needs
  • Friendship Partners to International university students who are visiting for the academic year-requires commitment to monthly engagement


  • Serve as mentors to students in the Futura classes that begin Oct. 2, on Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7-9 p.m.

  • Groups, families, or individuals can prepare dinner for 20-25 people and serve from 6:45 to 7:15

  • ESOL Classes are to be determined. Think now about volunteering at the Christmas outreach event


  • Prepare and/or serve at the Thanksgiving Celebration on Nov. 15 for Cultural Connections Friends, Futura students, Friendship partners and other international friends of our congregants.


  • Volunteer asServers, greeters, craft managers and performers for the  Cultural Connections Outreach Event on Dec. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Team Leaders

Cultural Connections
Linda Sellevaag

Adoption and Foster Care
Ryan Hanlon  

Deb Hoppe

Wilston Center
Terry French

Local Schools
Kim Bottimore


Increase in Fairfax County’s spending on language translation among programs in the Department of Family Services (2009-14)
Languages are spoken at home by elementary students and their families in Fairfax County
Immigrant families in Fairfax County, 20% of whom require some type of public assistance as they transition