Connie and James have been married over 20 years. While they did not have children of their own, their foster child Alex and their grand nieces Lucy and Sylvia enriched their lives over the years. So did their yellow lab KAI who lived with them over 13 years until he died in 2010. Alex has grown up but Connie and James still love child-sitting Lucy and Sylvia. They also enjoy walking and playing with their rescued chocolate lab CoCo, shopping for treasures at resale stores, talking to and laughing with each other. Their vacation time is spent in the quiet of the Upper Peninsula in a cabin on Lake Superior near the Porcupine Mountains where, with CoCo leading the way, they hike in the forest, explore the waterfalls and collect stones on the beach. At the cabin, they both enjoy reading mystery novels. Connie also brings puzzles and Jim brings Legos to relax by the fireplace.
Rev. Connie Engmann
Connie grew up in Antigo, WI. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, after which she worked as a speech therapist in Wisconsin public schools. Connie’s life path led her to study different religions, cultures, customs and rituals, especially Celtic, Goddess and Native American Spirituality. She connects to the Divine through all life on the Mother Earth. Her ministry training took her to Circle Sanctuary, Pathways of Light Spiritual College and Hospice Care, Inc. Connie’s ministry has included leading women’s spiritual retreats and serving as a vigil sitter, one who stays with people as they die, in a hospice setting. In her free time, she loves working in the garden, playing piano, keeping up on Facebook and fixing things around their condo.
Rev. Jim Engmann
James was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, where he graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran High School. He received his Bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, his Masters from UW - Milwaukee, and his Juris Doctorate from UW - Madison. He has worked as a journalist, teacher and attorney. James’ spiritual journey led him to study many world religions and his path led him to becoming a Humanist. He received his minister training at Pathways of Light Spiritual College and his chaplain training at Meriter Hospital. His ministry has included serving as chaplain in hospitals, treatment programs, assisted living facilities, memory care units, and nursing homes. Jim loves working with polymer clay, creating glass beads, watching movies, and cheering for the Badgers and the Packers.
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