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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.

Rachel kelly beeson:  church pianist

Rachel has been a member of Hope since childhood.  A school music teacher by day, Rachel's 

skills have accompanied our congregational singing during Sunday Divine Services, beginning 

in the spring of 2021. 

Tracy Chesney:  church Secretary

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

and a twenty-one year old son. She began managing Hope's website in 2016, and started serving

as church secretary in August of 2017. In 2019 Tracy retired from 23 years of home schooling,

and she and her husband, Jeff, welcomed their new son-in-law into the family.

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