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Pete Connelly

I graduated from Wheaton College (IL) in 2006 with a degree in International Relations and Psychology. After a brief period working in Chicago, I then pursued my medical doctorate at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, graduating in 2011. From there I moved to Milwaukee, WI for residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). Upon completing residency I accepted my current position as Assistant Professor of PM&R at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In this role I provide clinical care at the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center, training for resident physicians in the Department of PM&R, and teaching for medical students at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

These professional efforts are secondary to my greatest joys in life, which are found at home in Elm Grove, WI. With my wife Krissy, I am busy raising four energetic children - Mark Sven, Ingrid, Kent, and Baby Boy #3. Among other things, our free time is spent following Milwaukee Bucks basketball, playing "Zingo," and reading board books.

When assessing the cultural decay of the former Soviet Union, author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is quoted as saying, "They have forgotten God." Thanks partly to Lititz Christian, I am cautiously confident the same will never be said of me. 

Many of my best memories involve Lititz Christian: listening to the Chronicles of Narnia on Miss Mickel's 3rd grade couch, learning the importance of deodorant usage from Mrs. Kern's introduction to 5th grade, and perfecting my jump shot under the coaching of Pastor Willard. Indeed, my left knee still bears a scar from the carpeted gym floor.

Through these memories Lititz Christian taught me the value of truth in education, love for the disadvantaged, and hope in the Gospel. These lessons are not easily forgotten. From my most formative years of life, they now guide me daily. I am forever grateful for the people who provided them.