Pastor Gary Schippling is the senior pastor at Blessed Hope. Pastor Gary is committed to following God's will in his own life and in the life of Blessed Hope. "A lot of people out there who need to know the love of Jesus, and it is up to us to work our hardest to share that love." Pastor Gary believes in God's absolute power of forgiveness, grace and love to transform all who give Him a chance. Romans 5:6 says: "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly." How to live out that faith and reach out to others are key themes in Pastor Gary's messages.
Called to the ministry in his 50s, Pastor Gary encourages all those who feel the Lord's call on their lives to respond "Yes, Lord!"
"It is amazing what God can do with a person, even with someone like me," he says. "Our age, our physical health, or our economic standing does not impede God. If He calls you, go."
Pastor Crystal Schippling is the administrative pastor for Blessed Hope. Active in teaching, the work of the mission and special projects, she relies on Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Many times, she has seen firsthand how God meets needs in remarkable ways and she is always happy to share how He loves!
Alicia Jewell is the lead teacher for the pre-school and early elementary Christian education, running the Sunday morning program. She also provides input on the education program as a whole.
Pastor Patti Flanigan is the worship and prayer minister. In addition to keeping prayer an integral part of our worship, Pastor Patti teaches about prayer and about the transformation possible with Christ. She is also actively involved in encouraging prayers for the persecuted church, including Pastor Saeed, Asia Bibi and others. Pastor Patti takes seriously the words of Micah: "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8)
Chaplain Dawn Phillpotts serves as a spiritual guide, wise counsel and friend to those who utilize our mission services. In addition, she preaches one Sunday night a month and is active in the praise band. Chaplain Dawn puts hands and feet to the love of Christ as she spends time with those who struggle with addictions, depression and other issues.