The Board of Governance

The Board of Governance is that group of individuals which:
– represents Jesus and His mission to people in the world,
– defines the principles that guide the congregation in its mission,
– supports the pastoral leadership of the congregation, and
– monitors the performance of staff and volunteers.


  • Carl Schmidt – Chairperson

  • Doug Niblock – Vice-Chairperson

  • Emily Reilly – Treasurer

  • Loa Wilson

  • John Diack

  • Jane Bulman

  • Bruce Forrieter

  • Laverne Hautz – Senior Pastor

Team Leaders

  • Communication Team Leader Leah Wilson
  • Facilities Team Leader TBD
  • Mission Team Leader John Diack
  • Small Group Team Leader Patti Messmer
  • Children’s Ministry Team Leader Jennifer Watson
  • Youth Ministry Team Leader Brenda Horton
  • Sunday Team Leader Christine Intile
  • Financial Team Leader Bill Demetrioff
  • Celebration Team Leader Jean Gettle
  • Spiritual Care Team Leader TBD
  • Young Adult Team Leader Julie Diack


    The Board of Elders here at Hope is a group of men, usually six, which exists primarily to support the role of our Pastor and the whole family of Hope Lutheran Church. We are guided by a code of conduct set out In 1 Timothy 3:1-13.

    This ministry is carried out in cooperation with our Pastor and we support him in study, prayer and discussion. If there are particular spiritual or personal needs of one of our family here at Hope we pray for them and phone or visit with them. We seek God’s guidance to see where we can be of service in their need. Elders also try to help resolve issues that can arise within the family of believers.

    If you have further inquiries please contact us.



    • Bruce Forrieter (Chairperson)

    • George Intile

    • Claus Schultz

    • Bill Demetrioff