The Living Hope Story
In the early 1990s the Southeastern District of the LCMS determined that Stafford County was a viable location for a mission plant, so it purchased 17 acres of land as an advance site.
In late 1999, Pastor Mike Mast was called as the mission developer, and several families organized to hold the first worship service in April 2000 at AG Wright Middle School. In April 2004 Pastor Mast accepted a call to the Houston area and Pastor Bill Hughes accepted the challenge of serving the congregation as a retired pastor, until December 2005 when the Rev. Gary Rueter was installed. In the spring of 2006, the congregation moved to Winding Creek Elementary School to worship closer to its property.
The congregation built its first facility in 2010 and began holding worship there in Oct. 2010.
Our current pastor, Pastor Marcus, was installed as pastor of Living Hope in August 2019. Pastor Marcus wants to tell everyone that he and his family, Kim, Katelyn (14), Parker (11), and Eli (8) are happy to be part of the Christian community here at Living Hope.
Currently, the congregation serves 80 households in the Stafford area and averages around 100 in Sunday worship. We love making new friends!
Our Mission Statement
Living Hope Lutheran Church is committed to reaching out with the Gospel of Jesus and His mission to make disciples of all nations. We believe God is calling us to love and serve our neighbors in our various vocations and that personal, trusted relationships where we share the Word of God is the best way to pass on faith in Christ. As Lutherans, we are committed to the Solas of the Reformation of Scripture alone, Grace alone through Faith alone in Christ alone.
Our Vision Statement
Living Hope Lutheran Church led by the Great Commission will carry out the vision of the Lord by making disciples, baptizing, and teaching all Jesus has commanded. Through the grace of God, we will grow our ministry and faith by active participation in worship, Bible study, education, service, fellowship, and community outreach.