Mount Hope
Church Staff
Pastor Dan Ritter

Pastor Dan was ordained in 1985; graduating from Concordia Seminary in St Louis with a Master of Divinity degree. He has been in ministry for over 30 years and has served 3 other congregations before coming to Mt Hope in 2006. Pastor Dan and his wife Dianne have six married children and five grandchildren. Now as “empty-nesters” Pastor Dan and Dianne work as a team in serving the Lord, Mt Hope and the community. Both Pastor Dan and Dianne are graduates of the Pastoral Leadership Institute and in 2009 took a foreign mission trip to Thailand. Pastor Dan welcomes everyone and always looks forward to seeing and meeting new families at Mt. Hope.

Melanie Appelquist - DCE

Melanie Appelquist is the Youth Director at Mount Hope. She received her Director of Christian Education Certification in 2005 from Concordia University, St. Paul.  Melanie and her husband Mark have been married since 2008.

Christina Brantner - Music Director

Christina leads worship on Sundays at 10:45am. As a versatile musician, she also leads our chapel time and weekly music class with our Child Development Center and Sunday School. Christina received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy at the University of Minnesota and is currently completing a master's degree from Saint Mary of the Woods in Indiana. Her interests include scrapbooking, biking, rollerblading, tennis, golf, and cooking.

Candy Frein

Candy Frein is Administrative Assistant at Mount Hope Lutheran Church.

Kim Woebke

Kim Woebke is the Director of Mount Hope Preschool and Childcare as well as Administrative Assistant at Mt Hope Lutheran Church.  Kim has been a classroom teacher in Lutheran Schools for over twenty years.  She received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Concordia University, St. Paul in 1989 and is enjoying the move to an Early Childhood setting.  She and her husband Tim live in Bloomington with their three children, Kevin, Claire, and Olivia.

Heather Bielec

Heather is a Lead Preschool Teacher at Mount Hope Preschool and Childcare.  She graduated from the University of Sioux Falls in 2002 with a degree in Elementary Education. In 2007, she earned her certificate as a Commissioned Minister from Concordia University. Heather and her husband Brent live in Lakeville with their son Anders.  

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    Mount Hope Lutheran Church
    Preschool & Childcare

    3601 W. Old Shakopee Road
    Bloomington, Minnesota 55431
    PH: 952-888-5059