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
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. Atalie has generously contributed an abundance of her photographic work
to Hope, which is used throughout our website as she has captured many moments of our life
together as members, and with our friends in the community. She also produces much of the graphic
art Hope uses in promoting our events . Atalie taught photography and Bible lessons to 9-12 year olds
at the debut of Hope's Anchored Summer Day Camps in 2017, and has taken a leadership role in our
2018 Anchored Summer Camps. Atalie also led the launch of our first Vacation Bible School partnership
with Ebenezer Ethiopian Evangelical (LCMS) Church in Columbus, Ohio, in June of 2018.
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
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 from pre-school through High School
ages, and in more recent years has enjoyed the task of designing and managing Hope's website.
She was a horse trainer and riding instructor in western Pennsylvania in the olden days; likes studying
theology; collects theological books, youth & children's historical fiction books & children's book
illustrations; and loves hiking in the mountains of Washington, Arizona, and Pennsylvania when
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