Our Leadership team

Hope is blessed to have a wonderful Leadership Team. Feel free to contact any team member for information.

  • Heidi Hester

    Lead Pastor

    The Rev. Heidi Hester was installed as the Lead Pastor at Hope Lutheran church on November 7, 2021. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley in 1999.  While attending PLTS, she did her teaching parish at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in San Mateo and her internship at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kailua, Hawaii.  Pastor Heidi was ordained on May 25, 2003 at St. Andrews Lutheran in San Mateo.  
    Her first call was as pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and Preschool in Whittier, CA for seven years.  She joined the Office of the Bishop, Pacifica Synod in February, 2009 as Assistant to the Bishop where she worked with 120 congregations and ministry sites in the areas of Mobility (working with congregations in transition), Candidacy (assisting those who are seeking to join the roster of the ELCA), Worship, Theological Education, Pastoral Care, Campus Ministry and Outdoor Ministry.   As her call was co-terminus with the retirement of Bishop Finck, Pastor Heidi then received a call in 2015 to serve Trinity Lutheran Church and Sonshine Preschool in Pleasanton, CA. 

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  • Dick Deschamps


    Dick has been a member of Hope since 1997. Since his retirement from USDA in 2013, Dick completedthe course of study to become a Lay Pastoral Assistant or LPA. In this volunteer position he serves in apastoral role at Hope and is available to serve at other ELCA congregations in the Montana Synod. In addition Dick works with the men's ministry and small group ministry, is a Stephen's Minister at Hope;and is the Lutheran Disaster Response liaison for the Montana Synod. Dick is married and has two grown children. Dick's hobbies include woodworking, skiing, restoring old tractors, horsemanship, and enjoying the great outdoors.

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  • Paul Goodman

    Director of Youth and Family Ministeries

    Paul Goodman has been working in ministry at Hope Lutheran church since February 2010. He oversees all programs relating to children, youth and families. Paul is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and still has family there. Paul has a 11 year old daughter Emma who sometimes helps with the children's messages at church! 

    Paul and his family have been a part of our community for 13 years.  Paul enjoys skiing, playing the guitar and hiking and has a great passion for getting to know new people.

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  • Connie Campbell Pearson

    Organist/Chancel Choir Director/Office Administrator

    Connie is an Episcopal Deacon who has been playing the organ since she was in high school and the piano since she was 5 years old. She studied both piano and organ in college and received a minor in music while getting her 1st degree in Nursing. Her current community projects are working with Creation Care, the MT Interfaith Power and Light board of directors, director and trainer for the School for Deacons for the Episcopal Diocese of Montana and the Housing First Village for the homeless with HRDC. She is married to the Rev. Roxanne Klingensmith and together they offer fixed hour prayer every day for Gethsemane Episcopal Church in Manhattan, MT. 

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  • Jack Holm

    Facilities Director