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Lead Pastor

Pastor Keith has been the pastor of small and large churches. Pastor Keith was installed as Hope's lead pastor in February of 2013. He teaches, leads retreats, and helps churches to restore and rekindle their unique mission and witness to their community. Keith and his wife, Cheri, live in Buffalo, Minnesota. They have two married children and expanded their family with 4 grandchildren that make them very happy to be grandparents.

Rachel Lassen

Director of Worship /Director of Youth & Family Ministry

Rachel grew up in Slayton, MN and graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Ministry. She was a part of the worship ministry at Bethel during her time there and loved it! She loves creating spaces where people can meet God and experience His love. Rachel loves working with children and youth, working as a bible camp counselor near her hometown for four summers. A few of Rachel's "favorite things" include music, a warm cup of coffee, dogs, laughter and thunderstorms. Rachel joined us at Hope in 2016.


Director of Children & Family Ministry

Kathy started as the Christian Education Coordinator in 1996; She graduated from SCSU with a degree in education. She loves working with and learning from the kids; their child-like faith is an inspiration to her on a daily basis. Kathy is married to Darrell and together they have a blended family of 5 grown boys. She recently has discovered the joy of grandchildren and all the activity that creates.


Office Administrator

Janelle came to Hope Covenant with 16 years of previous secretarial experience. She began working at Hope Covenant in 2004. She is married to Lyle and they live near Clearwater. They have two married children, and two grandchildren. They are active members of Rejoice in Clearwater. She sings in the Praise Band and teaches Sunday School. Janelle enjoys flower gardening, singing, playing piano, swimming, and boating. Call her at the church office with questions or information to share with our church family.


Facilities Manager

Pam and her family started attending Hope Covenant in 1987. She has been caring for the building since 1990, yes, you read that right, a long time ago. Pam is led by a passion for Christ and a servant’s heart that compels her to interact with many ministries to serve God by serving His people. She likes to work on new ideas and projects around the property. She enjoys working with different community groups here at Hope. Pam and her husband, Steve, have 4 grown children and are enjoying the crazy and exciting world that is entertained by 13 grandchildren. When time allows you’ll find her playing in the dirt around perennial gardens, attempting to learn a Chopin piano piece, creating new meals from Pinterest ideas, working on another quilt, or enjoying a book. Her favorite scripture verse is found in Philippians, chapter 4 and verse 13; "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Josh Brandon

Youth Ministry

Joshua was born and raised in Buffalo, MN. Josh has always been passionate about youth and has worked as a camp counselor for six summers! He loves mentoring and watching kids grow with the Lord. Some things Josh enjoys are playing piano, going on long hikes and exploring. He hopes that one day he will see a wild Wolf! Joshua joined Hope Covenant in June of 2017.

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