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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 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.



kevin EICHHORN:  DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (DCE)​


Kevin came to Hope in 2011. He works primarily as a youth director serving Living Hope, our senior-youth group (7th-12th graders),  and 456, our junior-youth group (1st-6th graders). He also leads weekday youth Bible studies for guys, and assists with teaching high school Sunday School classes. Recently, Kevin has brought his time and gifts to bear in the planning and launching of Hope's  Anchored Summer Day Camps program which began in June of 2017, and leads into Hope's new Anchored Afterschool program in August of 2017.  Kevin is also a web designer and manager for LOMO Christian camps.  Kevin has a passion for equipping and engaging every student's faith, and inspiring them to go out and serve others; he especially enjoys the opportunity to immerse youth in all of these things through yearly workcamps and mission trips. 



ATALIE BALE: ASSISTANT DCE


Atalie has been a member of Hope since childhood. She began assisting our DCE soon after his arrival in 2011, and was officially hired as a part-time assistant DCE in February of 2016.  Atalie works in all areas of youth ministry, but gives special attention to the young ladies through leading girl's weekday Bible study, and creating fellowship opportunities for girls of all ages.  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 will be teaching 9-12 year olds at the Anchored Summer Photography Day Camp June 12-16 of 2017.



Jackie Eichhorn: Administrative assistant & building custodian


In addition to her work at Hope, Jackie is the affiliate instructor of clarinet at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and a woodwinds and piano instructor at Music Royale in Powell, Ohio. Jackie came to Ohio from the Chicago area in 2008 for graduate studies in music at The Ohio State University, and has been a member of Hope since 2011. She is actively involved in the Living Hope youth group, and has been on several mission trips. She is married to Kevin Eichhorn, Hope's DCE, and they were blessed with the arrival of their first child, Miles William Eichhorn, on July 11, 2016.



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, and worship music 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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