WHAT WE BELIEVE, TEACH, AND CONFESS

We believe, teach and confess the only One Triune God, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. We believe that the Gospel and the Mission of Christ have not changed. We believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.
We believe, teach and confess that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by the Holy Spirit speaking through the holy men of God, they record and announce God’s revelation centering on Jesus Christ. Through them God’s
Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain the Christian faith and establishes fellowship for the ministry of the Gospel.
 
We believe, teach and confess the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in that we as sinners are justified by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures; and this Gospel is the sole criterion of our faith, teaching and life.
 
We believe, teach and confess the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of our scriptural faith.
 
We believe, teach and confess our scriptural faith in accordance with the teaching of
Lutheran Confessions, as recorded in the Book of Concord, and in our partnership with the
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).
 

HISTORY OF HOPE LUTHERAN

Hope Lutheran Church was born out of a desire by a handful of faithful Christians to have a new family of faith that would stand as a witness to our historic Lutheran faith and practices. God’s guiding spirit brought together this nucleus of believers, that would then plan and lead their first worship service on May 22nd , 2011, with 70 believers present. At the conclusion of this service, it was determined through
prayer and acclamation that there was support for the founding of what was soon to be called Hope Lutheran Church. By mid-summer, a Church Constitution and By-Laws had been written and ratified. Hope chose to freely associate with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), which is an association of Lutheran Congregations that are Free in Christ; Accountable to one another; Rooted in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions; and Working together to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations. A Reaffirmation of Faith Service was held on August 28th , with 80 individuals becoming members.
 
Then began the search and calling of its first pastor, who on November 1st of that same year officially began his ministry of Word & Sacrament among the people of Hope. By the summer of 2012, the congregation purchased a church building that they had been renting to serve as our church home.  In 2019, an ambitious project of renovation and addition was begun to make the building accessible and welcoming to all.
 
From a handful of believers in 2011 to more than 250 baptized Christians in 2020, Hope Lutheran has been richly blessed by God to be a blessing to this community and into our world. Ever keeping the Word of God before us, and the Hope of Jesus in us, we seek to live our Mission Statement of “Sharing and showing the love of Christ to all through God’s grace”
 

OUR PASTOR

Pastor Tom Christenson is our congregation’s first pastor. A native of Tracy, Minnesota, Pastor Tom made the good decision to attend college here in South Dakota, graduating with his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University at Vermillion. He then attended Luther-Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul and received his Master of Divinity degree in 1990. Since that time he has served parishes in Hecla and Watertown, South Dakota, prior to joining us at Hope Lutheran in November of 2011. He is a rostered pastor in the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). and also with the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). In addition to parish ministry, he is a 20 year veteran of the Army National Guard, with 10 of those years serving as a military chaplain. Pastor Tom and his wife Janet have three adult children, Paul, Mark and Sarah.

 

OUR CHURCH COUNCIL

President – John Krutzfeldt
Vice-President – Matt Zomer
Secretary – Shari Lord
Treasurer – Rich Reimer
Worship Committee Liaison – Beth Picek
Education Committee Liaison – Angie Bishop
Property Committee Liaison – Bruce Pageler
Family Life Committee Liaison – Mike Fuchs
Mission & Evangelism Committee Liaison – Barb Lorenz