Craig Mathews, Senior Pastor
Pastor Mathews began his ministry in 1977 as Director of Christian Education serving congregations in Port Washington and Neenah, WI in the areas of education and youth ministry as well as Omaha, NE in the areas of education ministry and also as administrator of the preschool.
From 1998-2000, Pastor Mathews attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO to shift his ministry emphasis from that of a Commissioned Minister to Ordained Minister in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. After ordination, Pastor Mathews served in Chippewa Falls, WI as an Associate Pastor before moving to Florida in December 2010 to become the Senior Pastor here at Hope.
Pastor Mathews is married to Eunice, who also has a degree in elementary education. They have three grown children, as well as three grandsons, three granddaughters, one step-granddaughter, and two foster grandchildren living in Houston, TX, Independence, MO, and Lincoln, NE. Pastor Mathews and Eunice spend quite a bit of time traveling to be with grandkids. In addition, Pastor Mathews enjoys working out, running 3 5K's a year, plus running up 42 flights of stairs for the Tampa area "Fight for Air Climb" every march.
Cindy Stewart, Administrative Assistant
Cindy, originally from South Bend, IN, is passionate about the clerical side of Hope's ministries. Her talents keep us up to date and running smoothly, when she isn't out on the tennis courts working on her serve!
Cindy has been at Hope for over eighteen years. She loves the people of Hope and is always available to listen and help.
Caleb Haack, Director of Christian Education Intern
Caleb was born in Minnesota, and lived in Nebraska since he was four. He moved here to Bradenton in July 2017 after finishing his classwork at Concordia University, Nebraska, in May with majors in Christian Education Leadership and Theology, and a certificate as a Director of Christian Education. He will officially graduate upon completion of his internship here.
Caleb enjoys a variety of activities including watching football and baseball (Go Vikings and Cubs!), reading and writing, being active outside, playing guitar and piano, and watching movies and playing video games (Star Wars is his favorite).
In addition to various mission trips Caleb has been a part of, he also served as a camp counselor for two summers at Camp Omega in Minnesota teaching children about Jesus and having a blast in God's creation. Caleb is passionate about sharing the love of Christ in a world that so desperately needs the truth of His Word.
Rob Hinz, Visitation Pastor
Pastor Hinz was ordained in 1977 and has served churches in Louisiana, Maryland, and Florida.
He enjoys going to movies with his wife Jan, reading, bird watching, traveling, and studying languages. He also enjoys reading about archaeology and he hopes to someday go on a dig. His real passion however, is ministering to older adults, hearing their stories and sharing Christ.
Dorothy J. Feldman, Pianist/Choir Director
Dorothy J. Feldman was raised on a farm in Central Pennsylvania, and she studied piano and violin since she was eight. She is a graduate of West Chester State Teachers College with a BS in Music Education. She taught for 35 years in the public school system in PA and NJ (she is now retired), and served as an organist and choir director in various churches in PA, NJ and Florida. She is also currently a member of the American Guild of Organists
Dorothy is a mother of two sons and grandmother of four, with one more on the way! She currently teaches private lessons in piano, violin and flute. Dorothy works with the traditional services at Hope, playing piano and directing the choir.
Jon Oosterling, Praise Band Director
Jon is an accomplished vocalist, guitarist, saxophonist, and composer with many years of experience in the music industry. He, along with 2 of his children [Danielle (guitar, vocals) and Caleb (violin, vocals)] give praise and worship to the Lord every Sunday at 10:30!