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Reverend Benjamin Meyer:  pastor


Pastor Meyer is the fourth of six children, the son of a pastor and brother to two pastors. He has served as missionary pastor in the boot heel of Missouri; pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School in Woodworth, IL; and was installed as Pastor at Hope on June 25, 2016.  He attended Concordia University Texas, Austin, Texas, graduating with a communications major and Biblical languages minor, and then attended Concordia Seminary St. Louis, graduating in 2005.  He has lived in Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Michigan, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois.  Pastor Meyer and his wife, Christine, are blessed with four children: Timmy, Lucy, Cooper, and Boaz.  


In addition to regular pastoral duties, including leading Divine Services and Bible study on Sunday mornings, teaching confirmation classes, and visiting homebound members, Pastor Meyer also teaches: a young-adult Bible study for college-aged young men and women; an ongoing, online study of the Book of Concord; and Bible lessons to campers at Hope's Anchored Summer Day Camps.  Pastor Meyer also leads youth group meetings and events for our 1st-6th grade, and 7-12th grade youth groups.  He writes frequently about Christian faith and life on his blog, ​Baptized into Christ; and serves our church body as a speaker for LCMS Rural and Small Town Missions conferences and webinars.



ATALIE BALE: Youth Ministry assistant


Atalie has been a member of Hope since childhood. She began assisting our former DCE, Kevin Eichhorn, soon after his arrival in 2011 until his departure in August of 2017, having been officially hired as a part-time youth ministry assistant in February of 2016.  During that time, Atalie worked in all areas of youth ministry, giving special attention to the young ladies through leading girls' weekday Bible study, and creating fellowship opportunities for girls of all ages.  She currently assists Pastor Meyer with all youth group meetings, and special youth events, and is on the team of high school Sunday School teachers.  Atalie is a professional photographer and has been blessed to use this gift along with ministering the gospel to children, locally and on mission trips to southeast Asia.  She taught photography and Bible lessons to 9-12 year olds at the debut of Hope's Anchored Summer Day Camps in 2017, and will be taking an active role in future Anchored Summer Camps.



rebecca abbott: church pianist


Rebecca Abbott has studied music, English, and theology, combining them all with a love of church music for all ages. She, her husband, and two daughters began attending Hope in 2006. She also enjoys traveling and working on www.hymnnotes.com.  


Rebecca brings exceptional talent, knowledge and credentials to her position as church pianist, director of our children's Christmas choir, and occasional teacher of church music studies at Hope. Her doctoral thesis, Developing a Curriculum of Spiritual Formation for Children through the Hymns of Charles Wesley at First United Methodist Church, Georgetown, Kentucky can be accessed by request here. 






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