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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, 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.

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 and her husband been members at Hope since 1991. They have two grown daughters,

a new son-in-law, and a nineteen year old son. Tracy recently retired from 23 years of home schooling, began filling the secretary's role in August of 2017, and manages Hope's website. 

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