• 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.

  • 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 enjoy teaching Hosanna's Early-Childhood Sunday School Class and helping in Little Palms School!  You can reach me at: info@hosanna-lcms.com

Hosanna's Music Team

  • John C. Snyder

    Director of Music

  • Debra Blau

    Pianist

  • Theresa Coe

    Praise Team Leader

  • Praise Team

    Theresa Coe- Praise Team Director

    Troy McClellan - Lead Guitarist

    Ted Oberg-Base Guitarist

    Michael Landavazo-Percussionist

    Amy Anderson- Singer

    Kedemah Aquino - Singer


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. 

  • Linda Miller, Pre-K Instructional Aide/ Paraprofessional

    I am a Paraprofessional for Little Palm's Pre-K classroom.  I have certification s in Early Childhood Education for Infant, Toddler, and Preschool and my Child Development Associate
    Credential and a Paraprofessional Certification.  I am a member of Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children and National Association Education of Young Children.  I have two grown children, a son and a daughter, plus I am a Gramma 3 times over.  

     

  • 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


  • Shannon Dearchs

    My name is Shannon Dearchs and I am the Preschool Co-Teacher at Little Palms.  This is my second year working full time at Little Palms.  I was previously a substitute for Little Palms and Zaharis Elementary, primarily for kindergarten and first grades. I love working with young children; they are so much fun and so open to learning new things.


    I have been married to my amazing husband, Jason, for almost 11 years.  Jason is the manager of our family business, which is a motorcycle dealership.  I have two children, both of whom attended Little Palms.  Cameron is 8 and in 3rd grade this year.  He has a passion for building and inventing, especially using Legos.  Madison is 7 and in 2nd grade this year.  She loves art, including painting and coloring.  She also loves to read and write her own books.