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our staff




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, gradu-

ating 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

online study of the Book of Concord; Bible lessons at Hope's Anchored Summer Day Camps;

and 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, Children &

                        Outreach ASSISTANT 

Atalie has been a member of Hope since childhood. She began assisting our former Director of Christian Education (DCE) soon after his arrival in 2011, until his departure in August of 2017,

havng been officially hired as a part-time assistant in February of 2016.  During that time, Atalie  gave 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 coordinating youth & children's activities,  teaches Sunday School, and produces graphic designs  used in various media outreach at Hope. Atalie has taken a leadership role in organizing our 2018 Anchored Summer Camps, and organized the launch of our first Vacation Bible School partnership with Ebenezer Ethiopian Evangelical (LCMS) Church in Columbus, in June of 2018.  


Atalie is a professional photographer and has been blessed to use this gift along with sharing the gospel with children, locally and on mission trips to southeast Asia.  Many of her images are used throughout Hope's website, along with those captured by some of our members.





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.  





Tracy Chesney:  Secretary


Tracy and her husband, Jeff,  became members of Hope Lutheran church in June of 1992. She has

been a home schooling mom since 1996, and began filling the secretary's role at Hope in August of

2017.  The Chesneys have two grown daughters, Molly & Hannah, and a son Eli, a home schooled

student who will graduate in the spring of 2019. Tracy has had the opportunity to serve in many

areas of ministry at Hope, being especially blessed to teach Sunday School lessons during many of

those years, and more recently has enjoyed the task of designing and managing Hope's website.  













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