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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 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.  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: 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. 





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 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

visiting family.  













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