About Us

Our History

Hope Lutheran Church was formally organized on May 20, 1968.  Following the decision by the Contra Costa Council of Churches that a Lutheran Church should be one of the five churches to be invited to hold services in the newly developing Leisure World (now known as Rossmoor), Pastor Ed Hamme was called to develop a congregation.  The first worship service was held on October 10, 1965.

In 1979, Pastor George Norman was called to serve on a half-time basis.  At the close of 1983 Pastor Norman retired, and Hope had 92 members.  

In 1984 Pastor David Romeis was called to Hope and served until 1998. Hope was then served by a succession of intern pastors. During those years our attendance dwindled but we owe these intern pastors a debt of gratitude for continuing our ministry so it could live to see better days.

In September of 2009 Pastor Jack Niemi was called to serve Hope.  In 2013 Pastor Karen Woida joined Pastor Jack in serving the people of Hope.  Pastor Karen lives in Rossmoor.

In 2019, Pastor Jack retired.  Pastor Lil Belusa was our Bridge Pastor for six months.  In September of 2019, Pastor Andy Smith was called to serve Hope.  Pastor Andy and his wife Lynne live in Pleasant Hill.

Many of the original members are now deceased or have moved away, but other dedicated Christians have come into Hope Lutheran to carry on the work of Christ in Rossmoor.  In the last nine years, we have outgrown the label of being a “small church” and have become a thriving church.

Worship, fellowship, service and concern for others bind the congregation together.  Signs of our growth include two choirs, special music every Sunday, a monthly newsletter, a picture directory, website, and posting the recordings of our service online so those who cannot attend never miss out.

Concern for the work of the Church at large has been characteristic of Hope Lutheran including our support of Trinity Center for the homeless and numerous love offerings during the year to support God’s ministry throughout the world.

God’s Purpose for Hope Church

Go into the World and Make Disciples

God’s Mission for Hope Church

Provide a place of worship in Rossmoor

Provide for those in need

Witness to God’s kingdom on earth

Hope Church’s Core Values

We trust in salvation through Jesus Christ

Since God has blessed us, and continues to bless us,

we respond by being a blessing to others

We continue to study God’s Word and to

grow as disciples of Jesus Christ

We will not live to see all that God

is planning to do through Hope Church

Our affiliation

Hope Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Sierra Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA’s faith tradition is based on a life-transforming story. Our  story is both ancient and timely. It’s the  story of a powerful and patient God who has endless love for all people of the world, a God who brings justice for the oppressed. It’s a story of Jesus Christ, changing lives. It’s a story that brings comfort and strength to people who today live in modern, often unsettling times. Learn more about our beliefs—and become a part of our story.