Our Leadership team

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

  • Stephen R. Schmidt

    Former Lead Pastor

    Pastor Steve entered retirement on July 1, 2021.  The congregation is currently working through the Call process to find the next Lead Pastor for the congregation.

    Email Pastor Steve

  • 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. He graduated from Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in education. For the past 13 years Paul has worked in various ministry capacities including outdoor ministry and for 6 years as director of youth and family ministry in a Lutheran Church in Florida. While working in Florida, Paul met his wife Heidi. Paul has a musical background and plays the saxophone and guitar. Paul and Heidi have a daughter named Emma. In their spare time they enjoy hiking, camping, and skiing.

    Email Paul

  • 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.

    Email Dick

  • Connie Campbell Pearson

    Organist/Chancel Choir Director

  • Pete Astrup

    Facilities Director

    Pete and his wife Nancy have been members of Hope since 1990. Pete has worked in the church office since August 2007 and is responsible for managing the church office staff, the facility, and day-to-day finances.

    Email Pete

  • Jen Poore

    Church Office Associate

    Jen Poore moved from Detroit to Bozeman in 2002 with her husband Vince and their son Cameron.  Prior to that, she worked as a computer programmer.  The three Poores enjoy the slower pace of life in Bozeman.  All three are self-described computer geeks, and the router is always lit up when they're not out walking their dog in the neighborhood or at the dog park.

    Email Jen

  • John Parris


    Married: 37 Years

    Children: Steven, Sean, Shelly, John, Daniel

    Education: High School, Various Military Schools, Submarine Repair Journeyman

    Job Experience: Machine Shop, Lumber Mill, U.S. Navy Machinist Mate Chief (Retired), Hospital Chief Engineer, Custodian.

    Email John