Our Identity is centered in the Triune God who is known in the world through Jesus Christ.
God is a Triune God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Our sins are forgiven through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
God’s Word, Holy Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper are ways that God brings His forgiveness and grace into our lives.
Eternal life is a free gift from God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ will one day return as victorious Lord of all.
The Holy Scriptures are the true, inspired and authoritative Word of God.
Hope Lutheran Church was chartered in March of 1960, with the mission of reaching out in the name of Jesus Christ to the people of rapidly growing Northeast Austin. Its first pastor was Rev. Charles Reichert, from 1960 to 1965. Following him was Rev. Keith Fox, serving from 1966-1970. Next Hope enjoyed the long-term pastorate of Rev. John Ellwanger, who led the congregation from 1970-1997. The fourth pastor was Rev. David Leeland, in office from 1998-2001. Hope’s current pastor, Rev. Peter Heckmann, has been serving since 2002.
Hope Lutheran School, in which many children were educated in knowledge and faith, was in operation from 1965 to 2008. The school had a tremendous impact on the congregation and the community through the effective work of numerous principals and teachers. The church now provides operational space for Texas Empowerment Academy charter school.
Staff and Members of Hope Lutheran Church dedicated to serving the Lord.
I am thankful to be a native Texan, born and raised in Houston. Coming from a family full of Lutheran pastors, I heard God’s call to ministry at Concordia College in Austin and then headed to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. With ordination in 1992, my first congregation was St. Mark in Edmond, Oklahoma. Along with the blessing of growth and the opportunity to relocate and build a new church, it was there that God established my family. Wife Terry and I were married in 1997 and are delighted with one daughter, three sons, one daughter-in-law, and one grandson.
Deaconess Sharon Teague was commissioned and installed as the Director of Senior Ministries in April of 2013. She is a graduate of the deaconess program of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and is a member of the Concordia Deaconess Conference.
Lynn Jones is a 4 generation Austinite & graduate of LBJ High School. Before moving back to Austin in 2014 she was a school board member & Justice of the Peace in Johnson county Texas. She has 4 years of criminal justice training at Southwest State University. She is happy to be living back in the zip code she was born & raised in. Reconnecting with friends & family always puts a smile on her face.