So here we are - The Ministry Team at Hope Lutheran Church! Below is a little bit about each of us. If you have any questions about the ministries that we lead or about what we wrote in our bios, feel free to email us directly. You are also welcome to call the office at 248-553-7170 during business hours or email the office at any time.

  • Pastor Kristin Swenson, Senior Pastor

    Email | 248-553-7170 x31

    Hello! I am honored and excited to be serving as Hope’s Senior Pastor.  Life has taken me through many surprising twists and turns, and it has been an incredible ride.  The line “if you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans” fits me pretty well!

    I spent the first half of my childhood as a military kid, growing up >> Learn More

  • Pastor Rebecca Truland, Pastor of Congregational Life

    Email | 248-553-7170 x32

    I was born and raised in upstate New York, where I could see the Hudson River from my childhood bedroom. In high school I participated in drama club and swing choir while also acting as my synod’s Lutheran Youth Organization secretary. After graduating from college with a degree in English, I spent a year living in London, England serving at a youth retreat center. >> Learn More

  • Donnie Lehmann, Minister of Worship Technology

    Email | 248-553-7170 x41

    I was born on an Air Force base in Alaska, and I then made my way to Kenosha, and could not think of any other place I would like to call home. There are five things that I love: God, Family, Technology, Sprint Car Racing and Food. Most would say the order changes depending on how hungry I am. All kidding aside, serving is what drives me. Having been on multiple mission trips >> Learn More

  • Troy Nelson, Minister of Traditional Worship


    Hello, everyone! I was born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa and I am a diehard Hawkeye fan! Go Hawks! 

    Growing up in the Lutheran church, I had a great time singing, leading the liturgy and playing trombone during my childhood, as well as >> Learn More

  • Kelle Shepherd-Bhavsar, Minister of Modern Worship


    Hello! Well, I was born and raised in a very charismatic household which included three generations of pastors. My grandmother, father, mother, and brother were all called to Ministry. While chasing my divine call, I felt drawn to Oral Roberts University. When finances ran out, I could not continue my education at that time. After returning home from O.R.U., I met >> Learn More

  • Christian Avila, Minister of Modern Worship


    Hello Everyone!

    There is definitely a lot to learn about me, but I'll try to sum it up as best as I can!

    I was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area to 1st generation >> Learn More

  • Allan Pfitzenmaier, Director of Operations

    Email | 248-553-7170 x11

    Hi, I am Allan Pfitzenmaier and I have been a member of Hope since its inception in 1977. During the majority of that time, I have owned and managed a consulting firm serving the regulated medical products industries and have started and managed a number of other associated businesses, including a successful staffing firm and a software development >> Learn More

  • Sue Audet, Office Manager

    Email | 248-553-7170 x21

    Hi Everyone! Guess this is where I tell you my life story in 30 seconds or less. Here it goes ...

    My Family:  I am the extremely proud mom of Ali (shoutout to taking the cool bio photo). I have an amazing husband, Pat, who has been my >> Learn More

  • Reji Musso, Worship Admin

    Email | 248-553-7170

    Hope Lutheran Church found me in 2015 while searching for a “home” to have my grandson baptized. I tried many churches in the area, but kept coming back to Hope and have remained an active member and part time employee.

    Being able to support the creation and implementation of Worship Services fulfills a passion for editing and writing which has accompanied >> Learn More

  • Brenda Soderlund, Bookkeeper


  • Emily Slayton, Teen Ministry Leader


    Hello! I’m Emily, a member of Hope since I was 6 years old! I had my First Communion and Confirmation here. And over the years, I was involved in Sunday School, VBS, The Edge, Senior High, the communion team, went to summer camp and on mission trips and the list goes on. I never imagined it back then but, I am so excited that the roles have reversed, and I am >> Learn More

  • Alicia Herrle, Sunday School Coordinator


    Hello! I was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area and recently lived in Tulsa Oklahoma for five years. My husband Sean and I were married at Hope in 2013 and we have really enjoyed attending again since we moved back. I’ve been lucky to be at home with our two rambunctious boys and two very fat cats for these past couple of years; before that I have a long history of >> Learn More

  • Cindy Bishop, Child Care Coordinator

    Hi! My name is Cindy Bishop and I’m the Child Care Coordinator here at Hope Lutheran Church AND I’m really excited to be part of this team.  

    I LOVE to be around babies and kids and rest assured I will treat them like my own. I believe it’s really important to have a clean and fun place >> Learn More

  • Tami Salisbury, Food Coordinator


    I’m supposed to tell you my life history.  The first thing you should know about me is I love hugs and laughter. >> Learn More

  • Danny Morris, Custodian

    I was born in Pontiac, Michigan and raised in Keego Harbor. I attended West Bloomfield schools where I was a stinker. After high school, I joined the Marine Corp, active duty for four years. I am married to my wonderful wife, Jeanette, and have one daughter, Danielle. I was a journeyman carpenter for over 25 years but am now retired. I enjoy bowling and aeronautics. I have >> Learn More

  • Brittany Caron, Custodian

    Coming Soon!