Our Staff

 Pastor Eric Luedtke

Pastor Eric Luedtke

pastor@hopempls.org / 612-827-2655 x13

Pastor Eric has served as an ELCA pastor since 2010.  A life-long Lutheran, Eric has served in diverse ministry settings as a drummer, youth minister, congregational leader, and Pastor across the United States and in Australia and New Zealand.  Before heeding the call to ordination, Eric worked in a variety of positions including radio broadcasting, customer service, event planning and infomercial logistics all of which have helped prepare him for the daily diversity as a pastor.  When not at the church you might find Eric tinkering around the house, creating a meal for his wife and daughters or watching a hockey game.

". . .I am drawn to the challenge and opportunity of providing pastoral leadership in the work of a renewing ministry that God has called the people of Hope to be part of.




Mark Hedman, Director of Music
music@hopempls.org / 612-827-2655

Mark Hedman was born in Philadelphia, PA, and educated at West Chester University, where he was the winner of the Junior year Piano Competition.  He earned a B. S. in Music Education with a Vocal-Choral concentration, and a Master's in Music in Piano Performance.  He was the Associate Director and Accompanist for the Pro-Arte Chorale, has sung with the Music Group of Philadelphia, and the professional Chorale Delaware.  Attracted by the musical and cultural scene, Mark moved to the Twin Cities.

Mark has served previously as Director of Music at Richfield Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Mendota Heights, and Church of the Epiphany in Plymouth.  He currently lives in Chaska, where he has taught piano for 18 years at the Chaska Music Studios.



Tina Raasch, Administrative Assistant

admin@hopempls.org / 612-827-2655

Tina grew up in Minnesota, graduated UW-Stout in 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Retail Management. She has a teenage daughter and son. She recently graduated from Normandale Community College with a AAS Dietetic Technician degree.  She is planning on starting up her own online nutrition business this summer. Hobbies include reading, TV, biking (hoping to bike to work summers), and walking the dog.



Pastor Doug Morton, Pastoral Associate

In his role as Pastoral Associate, Pastor Doug leads the Sunday morning Bible Conversations and preaches occassionally.



Russ Utoft, Custodian