Cross of Hope Welcomes Pastor Adam Berndt!
We are excited to welcome the Reverend R. Adam Berndt as Cross of Hope’s next full-time, Lead Pastor! Pastor Adam was born in Wisconsin and spent many of his years growing up in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Music. Adam then attended Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) where he met his wife Laura. Pastor Adam graduated with a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained in 2010.
Pastor Adam is currently serving in his first call as Associate Pastor for Youth, Children, and Family Ministries at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois (a northwest suburb of Chicago). He serves on a pastoral team of three called pastors in a church that has an average weekly worship attendance of nearly 550 people. You can find out more information about his current ministry setting, including audio of recent sermons, at www.oursaviours.org
Laura graduated from LSTC with a Master of Theological Studies as well as earning a Master of Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. She has served as Director of Advancement for St. Luke Ministries in Chicago. Laura is currently staying at home to spend time with their daughter Addison who just turned one year old in December.
Pastor Adam, Laura, and Addy plan to move to Albuquerque in mid to late February, and Pastor Adam hopes to begin ministry in this place on or around March 1st. Please pray for Pastor Adam, Laura, and Addy as they make plans to move across the country. Please pray for Pastor Adam’s current congregation of Our Saviour Lutheran Church as they say Godspeed to the Berndt family. And please pray for Cross of Hope as we welcome this new pastoral leader in our midst.
Thanks be to God for the work of the Holy Spirit through this process!
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A word of welcome from Pastor Matt Powell
At Cross of Hope Lutheran Church and Schools we are all at different points in our journeys of faith. None of us have our lives or our faith completely figured out. We all have different life experiences, faith questions, stories of God in our lives, and history (or lack of history) with faith communities. The one thing that unites us is our need for the living God in our lives and our hunger to experience God’s tenacious grace through Jesus Christ. Come and experience God with us, share your story, bring questions, and use your God-given talents to impact our neighborhood and the world with God’s grace!