Rev. Sarah Lawton

Rev. Sarah Lawton

Pastor

Sarah Lawton is a graduate of William Kelley High School in Silver Bay, MN, Beloit College, Beloit, WI, and Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, CA and a former Peace Corps Volunteer.  She is delighted to return as an adult to the North Shore.  Perhaps Lake Superior called her home to be renewed from the inside out in order to continue in strength and wisdom for the work that is ahead.  There is work to do to fulfill God’s dreams for us, to “do justice, love kindness and walk with God” on this good earth.  And, this is indeed the most beautiful place on the planet to live and work together!

Sarah lives on the West Side of Duluth with her two dogs, Franklin and Yuri, the cutest dogs in the world.  Sarah thinks being a pastor is the best job in the world because, as Nadia Bolz-Weber said once, “being a pastor means being a human being.”  And, Sarah enjoys being human.

Email: pastorsarah@hopeumcmn.org

Jennifer Amy-Dressler

Jennifer Amy-Dressler

Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Amy-Dressler is the newest member of our staff, serving with Cynthia Coffin-Langdon as one of our Administrative Assistants.  She has been around churches all her life, serving in various capacities, and grew up in the United Methodist tradition.  She is married and has two grown children, and has been pleased to live in Duluth since February 2015.
Email: office@hopeumcmn.org
Liz Raihala

Liz Raihala

Music and Choir Director

Liz Raihala is our Music Director who is skilled and capable of bridging the gap between modern and traditional. With 30 years as a worship leader in multiple Christian genre along with our talented Hope Choir, Hope Singers, Team Hope, Hymn enthusiasts and many other musical individuals.

Whether you prefer contemporary, choir, sacred, or hymn music; or simply want to try something new or just love quality live music. . .

You will find at Hope that our worship service is a quality blended tapestry of worship style and taste simply directed together with reverence and joy towards our God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Email: Liz@Raihala.net Web: http://studio.raihala.net

Anita Rixe

Anita Rixe

Kid's Quest Director

Email: varixe01@yahoo.com
Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson

Custodian

Email: mjoh0001.d.umn.edu