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The Reverend Ronald A. Brown

Senior 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 the 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.” 

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20



Pastor Amy Michelson

Associate Pastor

By God’s grace and the Holy Spirit’s call, Pastor Amy Michelson has been serving Hope since September 2017. Originally from Wisconsin, she completed her undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders at UW Madison and received her Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She is passionate about living out God’s call in day-to-day life. She and her husband Jay love spending time with friends and family, are passionate about the arts and enjoy reading, exploring new places, and cooking together.

“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4



Finance/Office Manager

Awaiting new arrival



Jill Sherwood

Director of Youth and Family Ministry

I have been involved in ministry with children, youth, and families since I was in high school.  I attended Waynesburg University and have a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Service Administration. I live in Cranberry Township and have two dogs, a six pound peke-a-poo named Moxie, and a 115 pound Doberman named Neptune. I love to read, shop, and attend craft shows with my Mom and sister, Lori.  I am very excited to begin at Hope!  It is always an adventure to meet new kids and their families! 



Emily Bertoti

Office Assistant

“Emily Bertoti is new to Hope Lutheran Church, started April 2018. She is the church’s office assistant. Her duties include providing assistance as the church receptionist, putting together bulletins, weeklies, monthly spirits, websites, power points, etc. Emily has grown up in the church as her father is currently a pastor in Zelienople. She has a 6-year-old son who is her world and a boyfriend who makes her heart skip a beat.

Emily’s life verse:
Matthew 21:22 “If you believe you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer”!”


Chase Upchurch

Director of Music

Through the divine hand of God, Chase joined Hope’s team as the Music Director in March 2020. Chase comes to Hope with 4 years of prior music ministry experience and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Slippery Rock University. Chase is a trained vocalist and educator who enjoys using his gifts to help others connect to God through music. In his spare time, Chase love to compose music, run, and bowl. It is Chase’s true desire that the music that he   performs and brings to Hope will comfort the lonely, strengthen the broken, and bring God’s light to the lost through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Life verses: Matthew 11: 28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


Beth Wehr


Beth has always loved music and has served as a church organist since she was 16 years old.   She enjoys learning the stories behind the hymns of our Christian faith and the people who wrote them.   She is very thankful, and gives God all the glory that she can still play after having brain   tumor surgery in 2008.  One of her favorite quotes is from J.S. Bach –  “I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music.”  Beth lives in Evans City with her husband, Rob and their dog, Cassie.  



David Best

Wedding 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.