Clarissa is from Volta Redonda, near Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. After spending a summer in London, she spent three years in France working in the IT sector. Returning to Brazil, she joined an mission organization and coordinated evangelistic crusades in several cities around Brazil. After marrying Rick and moving to New York, she began serving at Redeemer Church in a variety of roles. She led the women’s ministry there and participated in the ministry to the large international community, many of whom were refugees. Clarissa has been married to Rick for twelve years, and they have two children, Sophia and David.