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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; 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 produces catechism and other teaching

videos on Hope's Youtube channel. Pastor Meyer also ​serves our church body as a speaker for 

LCMS Rural and Small Town Missions conferences and webinars.





cheryl Durheim:  ​Director of Family life            

                                  ministry (dflm)


Cheryl Durheim began serving Hope on July 1, 2019.  Cheryl will be active in helping to oversee 

various programs at Hope, for all ages, including youth and children's education and activities,

and Anchored Summer Day Camps. She is launching a new fellowship & discipleship opportunity, 

Hope Family Nights, which will be held two Wednesdays each month at Hope. Cheryl has been 

an LCMS church worker since 2000, serving previously as a Lutheran school teacher; a DFLM; 

Lutheran preschool director; and adjunct professor for Concordia University, Nebraska, where

she also received her DFLM degree. Cheryl,  her husband, and three children, moved to Ohio

from Virginia in 2017.







Dr. rebecca abbott:  church pianist


Dr. Abbott has studied music, English, and theology, combining them all with a love of church 

music for all ages.  She also enjoys traveling and languages.  She, her husband, and two

daughters began attending Hope in 2010. 










Tracy Chesney:  church Secretary


Tracy, her husband, and two daughters  first came to Hope Lutheran Church in October of 

1991. She was a home schooling mom from 1996 until the Chesney's son graduated from high

school in the spring of 2019.  Their daughter's August 2019 wedding blessed the Chesneys with

a new son and brother. 


Tracy began filling the secretary's role at Hope in August of 2017. She has had the opportunity

to serve in many areas of ministry at Hope, including teaching Sunday School children from pre-

school through high school. In recent years, she has enjoyed the task of designing & managing

Hope's website.













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