New Hope Lutheran Church, 22200 Foresthill Road, announces the arrival of a new interim pastor, the Rev. Mark Vance of Citrus Heights. 

            A native of Toledo, Ohio, Pastor Vance served Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregations in Indiana and Kentucky for 36 years, the last 26 of them just outside Chicago.  In July of 2016, he and his wife, Beth, moved to the Sacramento area to be closer to their family.

           Pastor Vance is a graduate of the George Washington University in Washington, DC.  He has a seminary degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and a doctorate from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.  He also served for four years in the US Air Force. 

            Since coming to Sacramento, Pastor Vance has served a brief interim in El Dorado Hills and volunteers at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael.  A member of the Renaissance Society at Sacramento State University, he is on the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Development Society of Sacramento and has preached in numerous Lutheran congregations in the Sacramento region.



Council Vice-President: Jeff Kuells has been a resident of Foresthill since 1994 and is married to Vicki. They have a daughter Kristy, two grandkids, Jason and DJ. Jeff is from Wisconsin, went to college in Sacramento a received a degree is electronic. He has been self-employed as an engineer for over 28 years’ designing professional and commercial audio products. He has been an active member of New Hope Lutheran Church for 6 years. He is involved in the community and is a member of the Sons of the American Legion and the One Track Snowmobile club.


Council Treasurer:  Council Treasurer:  Cheryl Nilsson was born in Auburn and raised in Foresthill. She and her husband Ken left Foresthill in 1971, living around the state until 2015 when an opportunity to move back to Foresthill into Ken’s boyhood home came up. They quickly grabbed it and have been happily getting reacquainted with the area and meeting old friends and new people.  Cheryl and Ken have 2 sons, Tait and Kris, and 2 adorable granddaughters, Emily and Isabel. After visiting different churches in the area, Ken and Cheryl were drawn to New Hope Lutheran Church with the warm and friendly congregation and traditional Lutheran service. it was a perfect fit that the Church needed a Treasurer and Cheryl wanted to help in whatever way she was qualified. Before retiring, Cheryl worked for 14 years in a school handling records and accounting and 9 years with the Nevada County Treasurer and Tax Collector as an accounting assistant while taking night classes to get her AA degree in accounting


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