Interim Pastor Galen Hora 763-753-2057 ext. 4

The Rev. Galen Hora is a native of Iowa.  He studied at Wartburg College and Seminary, Union Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, and Luther Seminary in the Twin Cities.  He has served for most of his ministry as an ELCA Lutheran Campus Pastor in major universities, such as South Dakota State, the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan and the University of Miami.  In 1996, he joined the ELCA national staff, specializing in campus ministry advancement.  In recent years he has been serving at interim pastor with congregations in the Minneapolis Area Synod.  He and his wife, Christina, live in Andover, Minnesota.

Kelly Simon Office Administration Coordinator 763-753-2057 ext. 102

Kelly joined Cross of Hope in November of 1997 with her husband, Craig and 2 sons.  She has been involved in Social Ministries, Sunday School teacher, Choir member, Vacation Bible School etc.  She was hired in October of 2008 as the Administrative Assistant and is now the Office Administration Coordinator.  In her spare time she likes hiking, reading, watching Netflix, kayaking, and biking.

Jim VerBout Director of Children Youth and Family Ministries 763-753-2057 ext. 108

Jim has been a bi-vocational church leader in congregations through the twin cities area since 2009.  He is the father of two children (Grace and Everett) and is passionate about  CYF ministries. He grew up in South St. Paul MN and was raised Lutheran (ELCA). He studied and received his Bachelor of Arts from Bethel University in 2013 majoring in Christian Ministry and his Master of Arts from Luther Seminary in 2018 majoring in Children, Youth and Family ministry.  He loves hearing faith stories from others and serving children, youth and families as they discover, grow, and share their faith experiences and become closer relationally to God.  In Jim’s free time he enjoys spending time with his kids, travelling, reading and is an active musician in the Twin Cities  local music scene.