September 22, 2017

Our Pastors

Pastor Julie and Pastor Ray editedPastors Julie Bringman and Ray Ranker bring a breadth of experience to their ministry at Hope. In 2015, Hope voted to enter into a three-year collaborative ministry with Lutheran Campus Ministry, with Pastor Ray serving as chaplain at the University of Maryland and as senior pastor at Hope, and Pastor Julie serving as pastor at Hope. You can contact them by phone or by using the form on our Contact Us page.

Pastor Julie Bringman

Pastor Julie Bringman loves working in the church because she knows the church to be a place where God meets each of us just as we are. As God meets us, we are then invited to meet and know others deeply, and know our own selves more fully in God. 

Pastor Julie has been Lutheran her whole life but has also spent significant time living, learning, working and serving with Quakers (at Earlham College), with Hindus and Buddhists (living in India), and with United Methodists (at a new church plant in Washington DC). She is a graduate of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and has been living in the DC area since 2009.

Pastor Julie lives with her husband Silas. She enjoys running, cooking new recipes, other creative projects and being outdoors.

At Hope, Pastor Julie is honored to use her gifts leading worship, Bible studies, and other programs that invite each of us into deeper relationship with God, each other, and our deepest selves. She also loves the more quiet aspects of pastoral ministry: meeting with people 1:1, sharing the stories of life and faith. She writes, “I consider it a gift that God has called me into ministry.”

Pastor Ray Ranker

Pastor Ray Ranker is from Reisterstown, Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was shaped by relationships developed in the CARing project and Lutheran Campus Ministry, the Student Government Association, and other clubs and organizations. After graduating in 2004, he served in Argentina at an ecumenical human rights organization and a Reformed church with the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission Program.

After his time in Argentina, he spent time in an interim position at the University of Maryland and over a two-year period served in short-term volunteer positions in Brazil, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Jerusalem, and Bosnia. While in Jerusalem, he met his now wife, Karin Brown. They have a daughter, Lucia.

After finishing his seminary degree at The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pastor Ray was called as Lutheran Campus Pastor at the University of Maryland, following his mentor and long time Lutheran Chaplain, Pastor Beth Platz.

He has served ecumenically and globally in volunteer positions with the National Council of Churches, World Council of Churches, and the Lutheran World Federation, and is excited to serve the community of College Park through this new collaborative ministry at Hope.

 

 

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Movies@Hope

Check the home page for upcoming movies and the fall 2017 movie schedule. Join us for movies that make you think! Take a look at the list of movies we have shown.

 

Christian Education

Visit our new Learning page to find out about the variety of adult education activities at Hope, as well as Children's Sunday School. Activities are always listed on the home page and in the newsletter and online calendar.

 

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