Lead Pastor: Brad Beier
Pastor Brad Beier is a native of Louisiana and his wife Shannon is from Michigan. "Our cross-cultural relationship began when we met on an urban mission trip in Toronto. She is a pastor's daughter who vowed never to marry a pastor; she's no longer as hasty in making vows. We married in 1999, and our honeymoon summer was spent living at an urban ministry with homeless men sleeping on our porch.
Upon graduating from Reformed Theological Seminary, in 2001, I served in an urban church planting apprenticeship at Faith Christian Fellowship in Baltimore. We moved to Chicago in 2003 to begin the satellite congregation of Bethel Christian Church which is now Living Hope Church. We have four precious daughters."
Brad's early years:
"I wasn't born a pastor (not many folks are), but I did grow up in a Christian family. However, I put Christ on stand-by during my early teenage years. Sometime after I tried to enjoy life without the restrictions of religion, God rescued me, a stubborn 15 year old, from my delusions of autonomy, in a rather convincing and gracious way.
While studying in a pre-med Biology track and running track at Louisiana Tech University, God once again graciously redirected my path into cross-cultural ministry through a series of friendships, mission trips, serving as a youth pastor, and hearing Scriptures' call to love your neighbors as yourself, no matter how different they may be."
Assistant Pastor: Taylor Franchuk
Pastor Taylor Franchuk was born and raised in North Dakota. Raised a small town kid he has become a loyal citizen of Chicago and lover of the city. His wife Ellie shares this love and works as a Speech-Language Therapist at Chicago Public Schools. They were married in 2016 and live just a few blocks away from Living Hope.
Taylor holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Divintiy from Moody Theological Seminary. After serving with a church plant on the West side of Chicago, Taylor and Ellie moved to Woodlawn in 2018. He served as a Pastoral Intern at Living Hope while finishing seminary. In fall 2019, Taylor began as the director of youth programs and launched the Hope Scholars After-School program while taking over Hope City (LHC's middle school ministry). In March 2020, he was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the PCA and installed as the Assistant Pastor as Living Hope.
Taylor's Early Years;
I grew up the son of Pastor but swore I would never follow that path. I felt I was too different from my family as my own journey to faith in Christ came about later in my life while in college. Here the seed of the Gospel planted in my upbringing blossomed into the fruit knowing and following Christ.
During these college years, I spent two summers in Chicago, serving with ministries on the South and West sides. God used these experiences to convict me of the Bible's concern for mercy and justice to be the active way of life for Christians. Through many providential works, he opened doors for me to attend seminary in Chicago as I pursued a call to pastoral ministry. I am passionate about mentoring and discipling youth, church based community development, trauma informed pastoral care, and preaching the Gospel message of salvation from sin and redemption from its curse.