Hope-Full Living - Daily Catholic Devotions for Seniors
Diane Bahn

Diane Bahn lives in Cypress, TX (NW Houston) where she leads a Bible study and discipleship huddle. She leads the Partner (wives) Program of the Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI), and often partners in ministry opportunities with her husband David, Senior Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church. They enjoy their family of four sons, three daughters-in-law and six (soon-to-be-seven) grandchildren, and delight in seeking God’s kingdom breakthrough in hearts and lives.

Lynne Chapman

Lynne Waite Chapman works as hairdresser, freelance writer and author in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has written weekly articles for the Christian Living website BellaOnline.com for the past eleven years. She has published several E-books and writes devotions for various publications. Lynne is the mother of one daughter and one son, and a grandmother to five

Donna Comeaux

Donna is a freelance and inspirational writer, essayist, and poet. She writes for Ruby for Women, a Christian women’s online magazine. She is constantly helping her readers make sense of life on her website where she blogs and inspires them to press forward with whatever God has inspired them to do in life. Her essays and editorials are found here. Donna and her husband, Glenn, have two grown sons and six grandchildren. When Donna isn’t writing, she’s entangled in a plot for another novel or short story, or in the middle of drafting an editorial about last Sunday’s sermon. Donna and Glenn reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Celeste Cummins

The two things Celeste enjoys most are her three children and writing. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of God with her children and through the items she writes. During the day, she is the secretary at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, Iowa. Among her activities there are putting together the weekly bulletin and contributing articles to the monthly newsletter. She spends her evenings and some weekends working in the food service at the university in Storm Lake, where she lives. More of her writings appear on the LWML website: www.lwml.org.

Jeanette Dall

Jeanette Dall of Batavia, Illinois, has two grown sons and three grandchildren. She taught for over 20 years in Christian elementary schools and was active in Sunday school and children’s worship. Jeanette is a freelance writer for Concordia Publishing House, where she writes Sunday school and day school curriculum, devotionals and early childhood materials. She also writes adult and children’s materials for other publishers.

Gloria Doty

Gloria Doty currently resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She is the mother of five and grandmother of thirteen. She has had various occupations, including caterer, restaurant manager, crafter, children’s ministry director for 10 years, party planner and dairy goat farmer before God led her into new areas of service as a writer, author, blogger and speaker.

Rev. Paul H. Eggold

Rev. Paul Eggold is a 1961 graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He served as the pastor of parishes in Luzerne, Iowa, and Wausau, Wisconsin. He was a board certified chaplain at St. Michael Hospital in Milwaukee for 24 years and retired in 2001. Rev. Eggold has been married to Suzanne Meyer Eggold for 52 years. They have three sons and eight grandchildren. He has been writing for Creative Communications off and on for more than 20 years and had the privilege of working with his classmate Rev. Dr. Arden W. Mead when he created and began publishing the devotional booklet, Healing Words.

Kathy Graumann

Kathy Graumann is the wife of Wayne Graumann, pastor emeritus of Salem Lutheran Church of Rosehill in Tomball, Texas, where they have served together in ministry for 35 years. Her professional career has been in the field of education, with many years devoted to special education. She is the author of two published books on the history of Salem Lutheran Church in Rosehill: A Church on Fire and From Hilltop to Hilltop: A Pioneering Spirit Endures. Both books have received awards from the Concordia Historical Institute in St. Louis, where Kathy has served as a member of the Board of Governors. Her dedication to the preservation and proclamation of the stories of God’s faithfulness to his people throughout history motivated her to establish the Salem Archives and Historical Research Center of Rosehill in Tomball, Texas.

Don Hoeferkamp

A lifelong student of English, Don Hoeferkamp worked as an editor at Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis for 39 years. He is a retired pastor and a widower, with four sons and five grandchildren. In 2011 Don published a book about English usage and misusage. Titled, A Lighthearted Book of Common Errors, it distills years of learning into 100-plus pages of brief tips that can profit anyone. It’s available at Amazon.com.

Stephenie Hovland

Stephenie keeps herself busy with piano teaching, volunteering, being a mother of two teens and a pastor's wife. She is also working on writing devotions, children’s books and educational materials. You can find her on Facebook and Pinterest and on her website: Faith-filled.com.

Joe Iovino

Joe Iovino serves as the Associate Pastor of Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church in Monument, Colorado, a suburb of Colorado Springs. In addition to writing, he likes guitar playing, singing and motorcycle riding. Joe is happily married to Diane and enjoys spending time with his son and daughter.

Eldor Kaiser

Eldor Kaiser is a retired educator. He taught elementary school students in Lutheran schools for 15 years, served as education executive in a district of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and also served on the board for youth ministry staff at Aid Association for Lutherans (now Thrivent), where he managed a unit that produced educational materials. Eldor and his wife now live in a continuing care community in Lenexa, Kansas.

Don Luepke

Don Luepke is a retired mathematics teacher serving Lutheran high schools in Cleveland, Ohio and Fort Wayne, Indiana. He continues to serve as the host for the television program “Worship for Shutins” www.worshipforshutins.org, a ministry involvement since 1992. He is a Master Gardener and very active in a variety of growing venues, including community gardens, prairie restoration and water quality. He is active in his congregation at Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont, Indiana.

Rev. Dr. Rodney D. Otto

Rev. Dr. Rodney D. Otto served for 46 years in rural, small town, suburban and urban churches as well as mentoring in Guatemala and India. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree in Church Growth from Western Seminary, Holland, Michigan.

Pat Rice

Patricia Rice is an author and journalist who has written about religion from four continents. Among her books and booklets is the pre-need planning guide, “A Catholic Funeral.” She lives in St. Louis where she is a lector in her parish.

Eileen Ritter

Eileen is a graduate of Valparaiso University. She and her husband, Gordon, have lived in Grand Haven, Michigan, for 46 years. They have three grown children and seven delightful grandchildren. For the past four summers the Ritters have worked as National Park Service volunteers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. They spend the winter months camping in their travel trailer in Florida.

Sharolyn Sander

Sharolyn Sander is a Christian educator, writer, worship and song leader. She recently recorded a CD of Bible readings with piano accompaniment. After 36 years of teaching in elementary schools, she now supervises student teachers for Concordia University, Nebraska. She loves to read, travel, go for walks and play with her five grandchildren. Sharolyn and her husband Reed reside in Lincoln, Nebraska

Deane Schuessler

Deane Schuessler is a former missionary to Japan, who returned to serve three churches in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. He has authored a book of devotions, Devoted to God and Each Other, for married couples and those planning to be married. He is a semi-retired pastor at Woodbury Lutheran Church, Woodbury, Minnesota, and preaches and accompanies worship on his banjo at a nearby prison.

Annette Schumacher

Annette Schumacher is a retired teacher who also has written for My Devotions, Little Visits and The Home Altar. She’s published a book of Christian meditations, Steppingstones for Seniors: Live well! Laugh often! Love much! She and her husband Gordy have three children and five grandchildren, and live in Muskego, Wisconsin.

Luther Strasen

Luther Strasen retired from parish ministry in 1996 after serving three congregations in Wisconsin and Indiana, the last being Peace Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for 28 years. With his first wife, Arlene, he has five children and fourteen grandchildren. His present wife, Doris, and he have been married going on six years. They travel a great deal and also attend Road Scholar—formerly Elderhostel—programs.

Leo Symmank

Leo Symmank was born in Texas. For ten years he served on the youth ministry staff and as an editor of Resources for Youth Ministry for the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). He began “Servant Events” in the LCMS, service projects that allow youth and adults to share the love of Christ by serving others. Leo serves on the Boy Scouts of America National Religious Relations Task Force. He is a master naturalist working in wildlife preservation and restoration of native plants.

Terry Weber

For 20 years, Terry Weber was a pediatric nurse in St. Louis County before becoming a parish nurse and transitioning into church work. She is currently a Parish Administrative Assistant in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she lives with her husband Don. They have 3 grown sons, 2 grandchildren and a rambunctious yellow Labrador. Terry enjoys writing in her spare time.

Naomi Weslock

Naomi Weslock retired in 2004 after 36 years in the teaching ministry in the Lutheran church. Her passion for serving Christian women continues in retirement as she leads and/or presents women’s breakfasts in various churches in Florida. She also facilitates a small group Bible study with her husband, Terry. Naomi is active in LWML and edits the monthly newsletter at Faith Lutheran Church, Punta Gorda, FL. Terry and Naomi are full-time RVers.

Cory Wielert

Rev. Cory A. Wielert is originally from Hinckley, IL, but now resides in Crown Point, IN, with his wife Kristin (nee Kitson) and three sons, Liam, Silas, and Tobias. Rev. Wielert serves as the Pastor and Chaplain at Wittenberg Village—a Lutheran Life Community. He has been serving in Indiana since his graduation from Concordia Seminary in 2006, and has enjoyed every moment he has spent sharing God’s Word with seniors and beyond. Cory enjoys watching NASCAR, the Green Bay Packers, and Chicago White Sox in his free time. Also, like his father, Cory likes to grow vegetables, though Cory’s garden isn’t quite the fifteen acres his dad farms in Illinois. You can find Cory on Facebook and Twitter.

Jane Wilke

Jane Wilke is Administrator of Communications for Lutheran Senior Services. Along the way she has transitioned from being a Lutheran school teacher, to an editor at CPH, to a creative director at LHM, and now a communications specialist. She currently commutes between home in St. Paul, MN, and work in St. Louis, MO. Jane and her husband LeRoy love to travel as they look forward to what’s next.

K.S. Wuertz

K.S. Wuertz is an author and editor and teaches writing/publishing workshops. Kim writes about God, relationships, nature and the environment. Currently, she's writing the third novel in the Life at Mimosa Lake Series: a faith-filled, hope-filled look into the lives of neighbors in a rural lake community. "God has given me words to write, a peace that passes all understanding and joyful stories to share to his glory," Kim says.

Mark Zimmerman, Co-Editor

Mark Zimmerman has served as the co-editor of Hope-Full Living for the past five years, in addition to his role as the head editor of worship and devotional resources at Creative Communications for the Parish, where he has worked since 1994. As co-editor of Hope-Full Living, he thoroughly enjoys corresponding with all the writers for the devotional and discovering new insights from them into what it means to live the Christian life at any age. He lives in St. Louis, MO, and enjoys hiking and biking.

“Instead of seeing aging as a burden,
we see aging as a blessing...”
—Dr. Rich Bimler