Dedicated. Passionate. Humble. Three simple words with tons of meaning behind them. Those words describe our Senior Pastor, Mike LeClaire. He is dedicated to the mission of Jesus Christ and Living Hope Church. He is passionate about raising up disciples for Christ and he humbly acknowledges that he would be nothing without Jesus Christ in his life.
Before becoming our senior pastor, Pastor Mike was a teacher in the public school system for over 29 years. His passion for teenagers led him to the position of Youth Director of Living Hope Church in 1994, Youth Pastor in 2006, and eventually to the position of Senior Pastor in 2014.
Mike and his wife Sally have three grown children and are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren, three of whom you may see running around the church at times…because this is real life.
Senior Associate Pastor
Pastor Jerry Bruette serves as our Pastor Emeritus having served as our lead Pastor for nearly three decades, courageously preaching, teaching, and leading the weekly services. His passion for sharing the love of Christ with people has remained a constant and we still get to hear him preach every now and then. He encourages and advises both Pastor Mike and the Living Hope staff, imparting nuggets of wisdom from his vast experiences.
Pastor Jerry and his wife Jeanne have three grown children and nine grandchildren that keep them hopping and jumping. Retirement, or should we say, “refirement”, looks good on him!
Associate Pastor | Pastoral Care
Pastor Don is our associate pastor in charge of Pastoral Care. His tender heart and bedside manner is just what the doctor orders. He will meet you wherever you are at, whether it be the hospital, nursing care facility, or your home. He will pray with you, offer words of encouragement, and provide communion if requested.
Pastor Don and his wife Judy have three adult children, nine grandchildren and enjoy a life of semi-retirement.
If you need a little spiritual pick-me-up during the day you can listen to an uplifting 3 minute message and prayer by Pastor Don Olson through our Dial-A-Prayer Ministry (920-497-5020) that he has been running since 1977.
Associate Pastor | Christian Education
Pastor Tracy is like the energizer bunny! She is always on the go, taking care of what needs to be done and she does it with a smile and whole lot of grace. Relationships always come before the task! She began serving as Christian Education Director in 1989 and in 2006 she became our Associate Pastor of Women’s Ministry and Christian Education. So what does that mean? She basically oversees 2/3 of the population of Living Hope Church. Fortunately, she has a great team of people assisting her in this huge ministry and keeps it running like a well oiled machine.
Pastor Tracy, and her husband Jim, have two adult children and two grandchildren who are spoiled by Gramma and Papa.
Associate Pastor | Worship
Pastor James is our Associate Pastor of Worship and also the pastor that oversees Celebrate Recovery. His honest and humble way of praising the Lord through song is simply captivating and he welcomes the Holy Spirit into our midst with open and wanting arms. As a Type 1 Diabetic with sporadic blood sugars, some days can be very challenging both emotionally and physically, yet he perseveres, knowing God. Is. His. Strength. Under his leadership, many lives are also being changed in the Celebrate Recovery program on Thursday evenings.
James, and his wife Jill, have a blended family with children ranging in age from young adult to elementary school. Their youngest son, Nate, has Down Syndrome and a million dollar smile!
Associate Pastor | Youth
Pastor Joel is an “InterFaith” baby! He was born and raised here at Living Hope Church when it was known as Interfaith Fellowship. He can honestly say he has been here his entire life. As a young millennial he brings tremendous insight into the teenage mind and thus his role as Associate Youth Pastor is a perfect fit. He also oversees the Young Adult and Young Family Ministry and will occasionally co-lead the worship on Sunday mornings.
Pastor Joel and his wife Laura have 4 young children that will eventually become teenagers…hang in there Pastor Joel.