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Pastor Dan Doering

YOU MIGHT NOT GUESS HE'S A PASTOR if you met him on the street. You'll find him most Sundays preaching in jeans, or in the summer time, in shorts. He's approachable, unassuming and nonjudgmental.

Though you'll seldom find him in priestly garb, his pastoral heart is always apparent. Pastor Dan is a very compassionate man whose life is marked by acts of kindness.

It's his deep commitment to service as a lifestyle that makes him a great fit for the congregation of volunteers at People of Hope. They think "outside of the box" to help one another and others in need; like bringing bagged turkey sandwich lunches to people who have to work on Thanksgiving Day and making sure moms at the Women's Shelter have plenty of toys provided to "shop" from for their children at Christmas.

Together, they nurture a culture of volunteerism where ongoing support for the local food shelf; programs to assist person and families experiencing homelessness; and the Women's Shelter are habitual and ongoing commitments.

Many find Pastor Dan's sermons easy to understand and apply to their daily lives, addressing real life questions of life and faith. He believes in the power of Christian community to heal and transform lives and to make a difference in our world. And he's dedicated to facilitating an authentic, inclusive community environment that nurtures faith and welcomes all people.

Want to talk with Pastor Dan? Email him at pastordan@peopleofhope.com, he'll be happy to set up a time to visit.

Pastoral Intern: Megan Casper

Long before Intern Megan picked up a Bible, or even knew how to read, she knew she wanted to help people. Later in life, Megan realized this “helping” spirit was truly grounded in the love she felt for God’s people; and decided at the ripe old age of thirteen that she wanted to be a pastor. This passion for loving service has guided her ever since.  

Intern Megan began her year-long internship at People of Hope in August 2016. For the last two years prior to her time at P.o.H, Megan has been pursuing a Master’s of Divinity at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. After her time at P.o.H Megan will return to Chicago to finish up her degree and, hopefully, by the grace of God, become ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

It was People of Hope’s dedication to service that first drew Megan to dream of completing her internship here. Megan’s passion for service has led her across the country and around the world, in Hong Kong and Cambodia. Throughout her international travels and domestically, Megan has sought to interact with and learn from cultures, traditions, and faiths different from her own. Her particular passion is Asian Theology; having completed a nine-month study of the history of the Christian Church in Cambodia, Cambodian Buddhism, and the complicated relationship between religion and politics throughout Cambodia’s tumultuous history.

Megan firmly believes not only in loving service, but also in the potential for connection and relationship with everyone she meets. Megan loves to get to know people from all walks of life, and deeply values the power of storytelling to illuminate that which unites us all in our shared humanity. Megan’s faith is rooted in her belief that God has given us all abilities and gifts which we are called to use to care for one another as members of the same human family.

Megan feels so blessed to have been chosen to be People of Hope’s Pastoral Intern for the year and would love to get to know you! Feel free to email her anytime to set up a visit at megan@peopleofhope.com.

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