The Reverend Ronald A. Brown
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.”
Pastor Amy Michelson
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
Director 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.
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 holds an Accounting Degree and has earned certifications 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 at several local missions.
Yvonne’s responsibilities as Finance/Office Manager includes managing the church office, assisting the Pastors and Church Council, maintaining the databases for membership, contributions, the accounting records, the church calendar, facility use, 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 Hope’s 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 dog, Bailey. They have a daughter, Jalaine who is a Trauma Counselor. Yvonne enjoys traveling, reading, and collecting antiques.
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
“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 4-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”!”
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.
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