The Council of Hope serves to make daily decisions on the business and life of the congregation and to uphold the policies and procedures set by the congregational bylaws.  It is currently an 11 member council, including the Pastor.  Excepting the Pastor, the members of council are all volunteer and voted into office during the annual congregational meeting. One must be a voting member in good standing to serve on council. 

The executive committee of the council is comprised of the Pastor, President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Each meet monthly, however, all council members are committed to serve our community and congregation daily.  If you have interest in supporting the particular area of ministry they lead, they would love to hear from you. 

Council President

This position is currently open.

Vice President

Elected January 2020, Shawn Lowell is our new VP. She is a long time member, has served on council in the past, and brings passion for a healthy church to the table.


Our Treasurer position is currently vacant.


Kathy Bocian was elected in January of 2020. She brings a wealth of knowledge around boards and running institutions and is a long time member of Hope.


This position is currently open.

Evangelism & Social Concerns

open. If you are interested in how we minister to the world through food, fellowship, and support then please visit with any council member or Pastor Kelly.

Congregational Life

open. Do you want to help plan our community life events?


This position is currently open.


This position is currently open


Sara Mills, long-time member and worship teammate was elected January of 2020. With a thriving worship team, this is probably one the heartiest teams on campus. From planning worship using all our senses to teaching why we do what we do in worship, this team is essential for a seamless worship experience. If you enjoy worship, consider either serving on the team or being the council coordinator.


The Specs: (official “stuff”)
Pastor Julie Kelly was called to Hope in October of 2017. She was educated at Fort Hays State University, (Hays, KS) Los Angeles Community Hospital/USC, and Luther Seminary (St Paul, MN).  
She is married to Lance and they have 4 children together. Pastor Kelly has been an advocate to help prevent the rising tide of military and Veteran suicides and is an active supporter of justice and interfaith activities.  
She loves using art to prepare sermons and commonly uses painting as a form of Lectio Divina for sermon preparation.  In her spare time she finds herself knitting, spinning, painting and gardening but is always up for trying something new.    

When it comes to ministry, Pastor Kelly struggles most with the books of Job and Jeremiah and her favorite topics are the intersectionality of faith in every day life and ways to worship using all 5 senses.  She is exploring the idea of “Breath Theology” and is just now realizing how much she has to learn about feminist theology.  She leads through a firm belief that God walks with us in every way and feels imagery of feet and accompaniment (walking with) are good representations of her Theology. Her favorite artist is John August Swanson, who paints from a Mexican-Norwegian background on matters of social justice and world community.

Pastor Kelly enjoys many crafts and activities in her spare time, along with writing and you can learn more about her on her personal blog, or about walking in the Christian Faith and the community of Hope Lutheran in particular on her professional blog,

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