Pastor Tara Magoon started at Grace in the Fall of 2015. She lives with her husband, son, and mother-in-law right here in Hockessin. Her favorite thing about Grace is the people who treat each other like family. In her spare time, you might find Pastor Tara out for a walk with family or friends, curled up with a good book, or working with yarn to make prayer shawls and afghans. Pastor Tara is a graduate of the University of Delaware with an interdepartmental degree in Psychology and Philosophy (1995) and of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, class of 2000.
American Lutheran Church (ALC) mission congregation that was to become Grace Lutheran, Hockessin, was started with the arrival of Rev. David Wasgatt on September 1, 1970 to be the Mission Developer. Pastor Dave was able to gather a nucleus of interested families and, within six weeks, began worshiping regularly in the Odd Fellows building, downtown Hockessin October 13, 1970. Grace Lutheran Church was incorporated February 28, 1971. Soon after, that mission was combined with a struggling Lutheran Church in America (LCA) mission that had begun organizing near by. Grace graduated to become an ALC recognized congregation on March 11, 1972.
Susan Wells Allen has been married to Richard Allen for 30 years, has two children and one grandchild. A life-long Lutheran and resident of Delaware, Susan served as Director of Christian Education at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Newark for sixteen years before going back to school to finish a degree in Sociology at UD. With her knowledge of the Lutheran church and experiences working with a church staff, Susan now works as Office Manager here at Grace.
Jordan Irazabal comes to Grace Lutheran from St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wilmington, and Hope Lutheran Church in New Castle before that. He has an extensive background in both traditional and contemporary music styles, and is excited about putting that experience to use at Grace. Jordan was also the Producer of the annual Italian Festival Gala Concert from 2009-2011.