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Hope’s Church Staff

<strong>The Reverend Ronald A. Brown</strong>
The Reverend Ronald A. BrownSenior Pastor
Pastor Ron Brown has been serving Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church since March, 2003. He has been a rostered pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in the Southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA) Synod since being ordained in June, 1999. Pastor Brown earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from California University of Pennsylvania in 1995 and a master’s degree in divinity in 1999 from the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Gettysburg. He and his wife, Brenda, an elementary school teacher in the Seneca Valley School District, have two daughters – Nicole Grace and Molly Ann. They reside in Cranberry Township, PA. In his spare time Pastor Brown loves to spend time with his family, read books, and enjoy all that the Pittsburgh Area has to offer especially the Penguins, Pirates, and Steelers.

“My practice of ministry is simply to lead by example striving to be a faithful disciple of Jesus living out His teachings in my life.”

<strong>Pastor Bob Gago</strong>
Pastor Bob GagoPastor

Pastor Bob Gago is serving as a part-time interim to assist Pastor Brown in carrying out ministry at Hope while the congregation seeks a second full-time pastor.

Pastor Bob retired to the Cranberry Area and from the active ministry in 2015. He is a graduate of California State College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a minor in music. Pastor Bob is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg with a Master of Divinity Degree. During his 38 years of ministry, he served the Church in three congregational settings: St. James, Fairview and St. Peter’s, Millcreek in Erie, St. Matthew’s in Hunker, and St. John Mark in Homestead.

In addition to serving as interim, at Hope, Pastor Bob continues to serve the Church and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA as Chair of the Ecumenical Affairs Committee, a member of the Candidacy Committee of the Synod charged with oversight of those pursuing ordination to the ministry, and as President of the Board of Managers of the Lutheran Church Extension Society a group that grants no-interest loans to congregations of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod.

Pastor Bob looks forward to serving with you in ministry…

“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

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<strong>Carlie Adams</strong>
Carlie AdamsDirector of Youth and Family Ministry

Carlie Adams is new to Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church and has only just joined the staff in January 2017.  Carlie is coming to Hope after teaching at a charter school in Pittsburgh for eight years.  In her past position, she taught Spanish as well as was the director of the after-school program over seeing various clubs and activities for students four days a week.

Carlie received her two Bachelor’s degrees in both Education and Spanish from Duquesne University in the spring of 2009.  She then immediately began her teaching career in the fall.  She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree through Clarion University for Library of Science.  Carlie had also been on the board of education at her home Lutheran church in Grove City as well as a Sunday School teacher and assistant for VBS.

Carlie has been married for over 3 years to her husband Christopher Adams.  Christopher works as an Information Technology Manager at Stuckey Enterprises not far from Cranberry.  They currently live out in the country on 18 acres of land outside of Slippery Rock PA.  Their 100-year-old farm house used to belong to Carlie’s great grandparents and has since been refurbished and is still a work in progress.  They currently have two cats and hope to have children someday soon.

When not organizing, and attending events for Hope’s youth, Carlie enjoys spending time with her extended family or traveling to visit her sister who lives in Tennessee.  She is an avid reader and really enjoys continuing her education.  She also likes traveling to the beach and considers it a must to have her feet in the sand at least once a year.  Locally Carlie spends her time visiting friends and trying new restaurants.

Carlie loves working with children and finds joy in bringing youth together.  She feels very blessed to be a part of the Hope staff and feels that teaching and working with children is her calling and the best way for her to use her talents and bring glory to God.

<strong>Yvonne Kaczmarczyk</strong>
Yvonne KaczmarczykFinance/Office Manager
Yvonne came to Hope in May of 2014 with almost 20 years’ experience in the Lutheran Church and Lutheran Non-Profit organization working as Church Accountant, Mission Coordinator, and Planned Giving Associate. Yvonne’s prior employment for 10 years was at a local school district holding positions of Secretary to the Supervisor of Special Education and then as bookkeeper of the Food Service Department.

Yvonne holds an Accounting Degree and has earned certification as a Christian Gift Planner, Christian Development Executive and Stewardship Advisor.

Through the God-given spiritual gifts of Evangelism and Stewardship and a passion for travel, she has traveled on mission trips sharing her faith as she helped to rebuild houses in Biloxi (after Hurricane Katrina), assisted in remodeling a pre-school in South Africa, and assisted several local missions.

Yvonne’s responsibilities include managing the church office, assisting the Pastors, maintaining the database for membership, contributions, the accounting records, the church calendar, facility use, and official acts records, working with the church’s vendors, overseeing the management of all communication to the parish and the community, and whatever she can do to support the mission and ministry of Hope and the many volunteers to reach the lost with the news of eternal salvation through Jesus Christ.

If you don’t find Yvonne at the church office, then she is most likely with her husband, Jerry, a funeral director for Boylan Funeral Homes, working on the remodel of their home. Yvonne and Jerry live near Saxonburg with their cat, Koko.  Jerry and Yvonne have one daughter Jalaine, a certified therapist currently working towards a degree to become a trauma psychologist. Yvonne enjoys traveling, reading, collecting antiques, listening to many genre of music, attending musical concerts (her favorite was Robert Plant), and has a “foolish fetish” for shoes.

Favorite Bible Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men… It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24

<strong>Peggy Sarvey</strong>
Peggy SarveyOffice Assistant
Peggy came to hope in February of 2016 with over 20 years’ experience working in a Church Office. She worked as a part-time secretary at her home church, First Baptist Church in Butler. Peggy began her work career right out of high school as a bank teller, then moved through her life as a secretary, retail store clerk, graphic designer and her favorite job, a wife and mom!

 Peggy’s responsibilities at Hope include providing assistance and receptionist support, coordinating acolyte schedules, overseeing the church’s website and newsletter and assisting in the office as needed. Peggy counts it a privilege to serve with the staff at Hope and is enjoying getting to know the members of the congregation.

 

Peggy met her husband, David at their church and they married in July of 1988. They have lived in Meridian since then. David is a 30-year steel-worker with Armco/AK Steel in Butler. Together they serve at their home church, First Baptist Church and First Baptist Christian School. In 2009 they participated in a hurricane relief mission trip to Galveston, TX with their church. Their family enjoys camping in their (slide-in) truck camper, music, crafts of all kinds, having fun with their large extended family and Peggy is somewhat of a Disney addict and a sports enthusiast, especially the Pittsburgh Penguins! They enjoy traveling and have visited Colorado, Wyoming, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Disney World in Florida with a few other states in between. Their next adventure is to Disneyland in California!

 

David and Peggy have one daughter, Carey, who recently graduated from Lancaster Bible College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and Professional Counseling along with a minor in Communications, Media Writing. Carey married Jonathan Fisher this past July. She works in the Wilson School District in Sinking Spring as an Autistic Support Paraprofessional. Her husband is in his final year at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, pursuing a degree in Carpentry. They live in Sinking Spring, PA

 

Peggy’s life verse is I Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” and her favorite quote was written by Walt Disney, – “Keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things…your curiosity will lead you down the path of success.”

<strong>David Best</strong>
David BestWedding Coordinator
David, with his wife Mary, joined Hope Church in 2000. His love for the traditional Lutheran liturgy has motivated him to actively participate in the worship life at Hope. He is a member of the Liturgical Choir, the altar guild and the Worship Committee and has been the Worship chairperson since 2002. David studied with several pastors from 2006-2008 while participating in the synod sponsored Aaron’s Ministers program and was commissioned by the synod as an Aaron’s Minister at the 2008 Synod Assembly at Thiel College. He also enjoys working with the acolytes.

“Helping people with what may be their first experience, their beginning of a lifetime serving the Lord, is very rewarding.”

David’s love and knowledge of the liturgy, his penchant for detail and his desire to serve will give the bridal couple confidence in their decision to choose Hope.

<strong>James Fister</strong>
James FisterMusic Director

James Fister joined Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church as the Music Director in March 2011. Jim is a lifelong Lutheran who has been involved in church music since he was a child singing in the junior choir of his home church – St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Allentown, PA. He began playing the organ for church services at 16, and has served congregations in Orlando, FL, Horseheads, NY and Quakertown, Reading and the Pittsburgh areas in Pennsylvania. He was the organist and choir director at Grace Lutheran Church in Crescent, PA before coming to Hope. Jim studied piano at the Clark Johnson Piano School of Allentown and studied organ at his home church and with Ludwig Lenel at Muhlenberg College, also in Allentown. Jim earned a degree in mathematics from Muhlenberg and he works as a software developer for CA Technologies in Pittsburgh. Jim and his wife, Pam, live in Cranberry Township. In his spare time, Jim enjoys traveling and photography. Jim philosophy is

“I am here to serve the congregation and to help them in worshiping God. Everything I do needs to be toward that goal. Bach, at the end of many of his compositions, wrote S. D. G., and that pretty much sums things up. S. D. G. is Latin for Soli Deo Gloria, meaning to God alone be the glory.”

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” -Ecclesiastes 3:1