Pastor Gretchen Colby Rode, Senior Pastor
763-533-3341 (church office), 952-221-2939 (cell)
Pastor Gretchen believes that God loves everyone and calls us to share that love with our neighbors and the world. A native Minnesotan, graduate of Vassar College in upstate New York and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley California, Pastor Gretchen knows that God walks with us wherever we go and continues to knit us together through faith. She is excited about collaboration in community, authenticity in relationships, and exploring co-creating with God. A mom to four kiddos and a precocious pup, Gretchen also loves reading, watching cooking competitions shows, being by the lake, and going on long road trips. Her wife, Jill, is also a Lutheran pastor at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church in St. Paul. Pastor Gretchen is also passionate about coffee- looking to learn more about House of Hope or your faith? Let's grab a cup together!
Deacon George Brooke, Director of Music
From the Quad Cities to the Twin Cities. George Brooke comes to us from Bettendorf, Iowa. He started out his career as a church musician in Rock Island, Illinois as he settled into the Quad Cities area. In his last church position he was organist, director of choirs and handbells and will be assuming those responsibilities with us as well. He was in that congregation for almost twenty years. He was also a teacher in the public school system in Moline during that tenure. George received his Bachelor of Music Education from Augustana College, Rock Island, with and emphasis in keyboard performance and church music. He also has a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado and has pursued advanced studies at other schools including Drake University. We are glad to have George and his wife, Linda, with us sharing life, faith and music.