• Senior Pastor Paul Frank

    I grew up in Iowa and had a career for many years in film and video production before the Lord began to guide me into the ministry. Along the journey God blessed me with my wife Kathy and our three awesome children – Sonjah (a vet tech here in AZ), Serenah (working on a degree in Christian Counseling in North Carolina and married to our son-in-law Ryan), and Tanner ( a combat medic in the Army, stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky). I have a B. A. in communications from Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa and a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. I’m so blessed to be a part of this great team of missionaries at work for the Lord. We work at that mission of making disciples through our preschool, our youth and young family ministry, our older adult ministry, our many Bible study and small group opportunities, through our music and praise and worship life together, and in living out our Christian faith. Come visit and see. 

    My email: pfrank@Hosanna-lcms.com

  • Pastor Nicholas Duerr

     I grew up in Bakersfield California, a place almost as hot and dry as Mesa. For college I attended Concordia University Irvine, where my wife Mikaela and I met. In the summer of 2014 I graduated from CUI with a B.A. in theology, married Mikaela, and we moved together to Saint Louis where she taught Kindergarten and I attended seminary for four years. In the spring of 2018 I received my M.Div. from Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis and received my call here to Hosanna as associate pastor. Mikaela chose not to teach and now is a stay-at-home mom to our first child Josiah. I am thrilled to be a part of the ministry at Hosanna, and pray that I may bless the church through my service to God.  My email is Nick@Hosanna-lcms.com.

  • Pastor Jimmy Aquino

    Reverand Francisco "Jimmy" Aquino, Associate Pastor, Missionary to Immigrant Communities of Arizona

  • Sharon Owens

    I am originally from the greater Milwaukee area, and also lived in Little Rock, Arkansas for several years before attending Concordia University Seward, Nebraska where I received a BA in Behavioral Science, minor in Evangelism and DCE certification. The first Call I received was from the Nebraska district to start an international student ministry program at University Lutheran Chapel in Lincoln. After which God Called me to LCMS International Mission Macau, China where I served as the Director of Concordia English Outreach Centers and Volunteer Coordinator for Southeast China. After 14 years I transitioned back to the United States when Lutheran Ministry at Arizona State University Called me as the Director for the International Friendship House in Tempe where I coordinated various activities for the international students to be introduced to Jesus at Arizona State University, during this time I was also served at Hosanna Lutheran Church and Little Palms Preschool in Mesa to serve as a part-time DCE.  The Pacific Southwest District noticed my passion for campus ministry and invited me to serve with the Campus Mission Coalition in the fall of 2019. I received a Call from Hosanna Lutheran Church and Little Palms Preschool as a deployed missionary to the campus of Arizona State University as the Director of International Student Ministry – Phoenix: Connecting International Communities (CIC) and also serve as a resource for other campus ministries in the district.


    Learning about other cultures and caring for international students is a passion of mine.  I love fishing for souls and equipping others. During my time in Asia God blessed my life through the adoption of my daughter Joanna and son Peter. Together we serve as a family ministry team caring for those whom God brings into our lives.  My email is sharon.cmcphx@gmail.com.

  • Jessica Smothers

    Hi, it's a pleasure to be a part of Hosanna Lutheran Church and Little Palms School as office manager. I grew up in Illinois and graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2010, where I met my husband, Charles.  After moving to Mesa, we joined Hosanna in 2011, and love attending with our children: Carly, Andrew, and Joshua.  I also help with Enduring Faith classes and Little Palms Preschool!  You can reach me at: info@hosanna-lcms.com

Hosanna's Music Team


  • John Snyder

    Director of Music

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  • Theresa Coe

    Praise Team Leader

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  • Debra Blau

    Pianist

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  • Praise Team: 


    Theresa Coe- Praise Team Director

    Troy McClellan - Lead Guitarist

    Ted Oberg-Base Guitarist

    Michael Landavazo-Percussionist

    Amy Anderson- Singer

    Kedemah Aquino - Singer

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Little Palms School: Preschool Staff

  • Cindy Koch, Preschool Director

    Hello, I am Cindy Koch, Director of Little Palms Preschool. Originally from Minnesota, my family and I moved to Arizona in 2004. I worked as a Facilities Supervisor for a large insurance company until I retired in 2011. At that point I became free to pursue my interest in the care and development of young children and began volunteering at Arizona public schools. Today I continue to supplement my college education with early childhood development courses.

    My husband and I have one son, who recently graduated from Northern Arizona University. Our granddaughter Savannah attended Hosanna Little Palms Preschool and Kindergarten. We became members of Hosanna in 2010. Thorough the mission of the school, Savannah was baptized in November 2010 and started taking Confirmation Classes in August 2016.

    I am especially passionate about teaching young children about our Lord. I am so thankful the Lord has given me the opportunity to spread his word to the children and families of Hosanna Church and Little Palms School. I have been on Hosanna’s Board of Education since 2014. I am a Sunday School teacher for the second through fourth grades, and began my role as Preschool Director in the spring of 2016. My email: admin@littlepalmsschool.com

  • Amy Anderson, Pre-K Teacher

    My name is Amy Anderson, and I am the lead teacher in Little Palms Pre-K! I have taught in many settings including home, private, and charter preschools/ Pre-K/ kindergartens. Teaching is not just a job for me, it is my passion! I love nothing more than to see the light in the eye of a child when he/she grasps a new concept. I I feel so honored to have the chance to be here at Little Palms Preschool! I cannot wait to be able to combine my passion for teaching with my love fore God! We will be covering many things this year from letters to science and everything in between, but most importantly we are going to learn of God's love for us and that each and every one of us are important and has something to share with the world! Amy's degree is in Early Childhood Education with a specialty in Professional Preschool Education and she has 17 years teaching experience. 

  • Glenna Landavazo

    My name is Glenna Landavazo and I am the preschool teacher here at Little Palms School.  This will be my seventh year at Hosanna.  I have been married to my wonderful husband Henry for 40 years, and I am a blessed and proud mother of seven children and seven grandchildren.  I have always surrounded myself with children, they are my passion in life. I am very honored to be teaching the word of our Lord to all the little children here at Hosanna. 


    God’s love, 

    Glenna