Hope Lutheran is established by God to accomplish His mission; exists to teach, through the inspired word of God, that salvation through faith in Jesus Christ is freely given to all; considers public worship to be above all other activities, whereby the gifts of God are delivered through word and sacrament; trusts that the Holy Spirit will foster good works among the disciples of Jesus Christ in its membership, encourage all to live lives of eternal significance, and to be courageous witnesses before a non-believing world; serves God in His mission on earth by Christian education and service to others including evangelism, serving the social and physical needs of the whole man, and supporting the global outreach of the gospel.
Rev. Alan Beuster
Alan Beuster was born in Kewanee, Illinois. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Illinois, Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa, and a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Before coming to Concordia Seminary, Alan retired from the Department of the Army, working 31 years in Project Engineering including 25 years as Supervisory General Engineer responsible for ammunition production capabilities for all branches of the Department of Defense. Alan has been married for 35 years to his wife, Sandy. Alan and Sandy have two boys; Andy, age 31, and Nathan, age 28. Alan is a life time member of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. He has served on the Board of Education, Board of Elders, Board of Evangelism as well as serving as congregational chairman. He was also very active in leading Bible studies, both for adults and high school youth. He served as High School Bible Class Teacher and Senior Youth League Counselor (with his wife) over 25 years. Pastor Beuster was ordained and installed on June 28, 2015
Rev. David Fielding, M.Div., M.A., S.T.M., Th.D.
David Elbert Fielding, a native of Murphysboro, Illinois was born July 11, 1944 of Elbert and Lucille Hassebrock Fielding. He was baptized August 13, 1944 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Murphysboro, where he also was confirmed and later married. He attended St. Paul’s Junior College, Concordia, Missouri; Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Concordia Seminary of St. Louis, Missouri, graduating in 1970. He completed the degrees of Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology and a doctorate in New Testament theology at Concordia Seminary St. Louis. He also holds a Master of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis in Greek and Latin studies. He married the former Connie Blackwood of Murphysboro July 30, 1971; they are parents of David Matthias and Sarah Ann Marie. He was ordained into the Holy Ministry of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod on Pentecost Sunday, May 30, 1971, at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Murphysboro. He was the pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, New Berlin, Illinois 1971-74, and since then has served as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, Granite city, Illinois. He is a former Circuit Counselor and has held other District appointments. Academic papers include The Lord’s Prayer as Gospel: Its Incarnational and Soteriological Dimensions presented at a theological symposium at Concordia Seminiary; and for a pastoral conference, The Gloria in Excelsis: A Review. Personal interests include woodworking, Greek and Latin classics, music, and travel. Pastor Fielding retired on June 28, 2015
Board of Elders
George "Pat" Widel
Phil Lamm , Chair