Rev. Dr. Richard Mokry, Pastor
Pastor Rich is a native of Rome, NY. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church there in Rome. At the age of 17 Rich was given faith in Christ in a special way. So powerful was this revelation that Rich sensed God’s call on his life to share the meaning of faith with others.
Pastor Rich affirms God's desire to give each of us faith in Him so that we may be “saved” and know the special joy of belonging to Him and serving Him. He studied and earned degrees at Concordia College in NY, New York University, Christ Seminary-Seminex, culminating with the Doctor of Ministry degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He entered into the ministry Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in 2001. He has served congregations in North Carolina, Connecticut and New York.
Pastor Rich and his wife, Miriam, were married in 1981. They have been blessed with seven children, both biological and adopted, with Micah, Grace, and Ellie currently living at home in Levittown. Pastor Rich enjoys time with his family, camping, hiking, biking and generally being in the outdoors.
Mrs. Maryann Puls, Interim Principal
Mrs. Maryann Puls (pronounced "pulse") has taught at Hope since 2005. She is currently earning accolades as the Interim Principal although she misses teaching. Prior to teaching at Hope, she taught for twelve years on Long Island, NY and one year in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from Concordia College in Ann Arbor, MI, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and a Lutheran Teacher’s Diploma. She enjoys gardening, baking, cooking, and spending time with her husband and son. Her favorite Bible verse is Deuteronomy 7:6-8. "...The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. ... it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your forefathers."
Ms. Terri Rambo, Early Childhood Director
Ms. Rambo graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and began her career in a preschool teaching three year olds. When that school closed, she taught first grade at Immaculate Conception Catholic School for three years.
After she became a mom, she decided to stay home and watch other children along with her own. When her children were in middle school, Ms. Rambo began teaching at Hope Lutheran. Four years later, in 2010, she became Director of the Preschool Program.
Although Ms. Rambo was born and raised in Levittown, she now lives to Tullytown. After her son, Paul had graduated from Penn State University and her daughter Amanda was a junior at Bloomsburg University, Ms. Rambo returned to school and earned her Pennsylvania Director Credential. She feels Hope Lutheran is blessed with a wonderful staff and a great group of children and it is a pleasure to be working here.
Mrs. Janet Anderson, Administrative Assistant
Janet Anderson has been the Administrative Assistant for the Pastor, the School Principal, and the Early Childhood Director since 2006. She has been a member of Hope Lutheran Church since birth, as her parents were among the founding members. She graduated from Hope Lutheran School and Pennsbury High School.
Janet and her husband, Chris, have two children: Hannah, who graduated from Hope Lutheran School, and Emmett, who is currently in the middle school. The Anderson family members have been thriving at Hope!