Samantha Quesenberry

Samantha Quesenberry ( is a member of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Blacksburg, Virginia. She's a public school music teacher and director of an ecumenical worship project.

Articles by this author:

  • Worship in Terrible Times

    A Community's Response to Virginia Tech

    On April 17, 2007, a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, which was the deadliest school shooting in United States history. This article tells how Blacksburg churches, who had been working together to make ecumenical connections with the help of a Worship Renewal Grant, were able to respond to the tragedy as a community.

    I called my pastor, Gary Schroeder, early on a Saturday morning before leaving for my son’s soccer game. “Sorry to bother you at home,” I said, “but I have some good news. We got the grant!”