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Pastor Wendy Poch
Pastor Wendy was born in Libertyville, IL, grew up on an apple orchard, and lived in both northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin before moving to Parker, Colorado in 2008. While she now calls Colorado home, and will root for both the Rockies and the Broncos, she remains a loyal fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bears (and Chicago-style pizza, too!). She is a cradle Lutheran who took a journey through the LCA, ELCA, LCMS and is now home in her much beloved LCMC. She has been a member of Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church since 2011.
Pastor Wendy graduated from Badger High School in Lake Geneva, WI in 1991. She attended Carthage College and the University of Wisconsin Whitewater as a music education major before marrying her husband Glenn in 1994. After homeschooling her now adult children (Tiffany and Dylan) for 15 years, she earned her BA in Liberal Arts, with an emphasis on world religions, history, and social sciences, from Thomas Edison State University in 2017.
While simultaneously finishing her BA, Pastor Wendy also began her seminary journey at the Institute of Lutheran Theology (www.ilt.edu) in the fall of 2016. At this time, after four years of service as our youth leader, she also began serving the congregation as our pastoral intern. In February of 2019, Spirit of Hope commissioned and called Wendy as our Associate Pastor on an LCMC contract call. In May of 2020, she graduated with her Masters of Divinity (MDiv.), was ordained at Spirit of Hope, and became a certified pastor for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (www.lcmc.net).
In June of 2020, Spirit of Hope’s founding pastor, Rev. David R. Fisher announced his retirement plans and the congregation formally called Pastor Wendy to become their future pastor. On July 1, 2020, Pastor Dave and Pastor Wendy entered into a ten-month long pastoral succession. On May 1, 2021, Pastor Wendy became our solo pastor.
In October of 2021, Pastor Wendy also received a call to serve on the Ministry Board of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, which is tasked with ensuring theological standards are upheld in our church association, oversees the certification process for pastoral ministry and also provides ongoing support to congregations, pastors, seminarians, and seminaries.
Pastor Wendy loves Lutheran liturgy and hymnody as well as contemporary praise and worship styles. As such, favorite past times include singing with the choir and praise team. She believes that children are not just the future of the Church, but are also part of the Church now and that we as adults learn as much from them as they do from us. As with nearly everyone at Spirit of Hope, Pastor Wendy is passionate about doing mission and ministry outside of the church walls…taking the church to the people, not waiting for people to come to the church. She recently launched a local coffee shop ministry and volunteers as a NICU and mother/baby unit chaplain at a local hospital. Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him, and He will act”.
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