• 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 and Serenah in college at ASU and Tanner who is growing up all too fast behind them. 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’ve been blessed to be a part of many congregations around the country and we sure are blessed to be here at Hosanna. I’m so blessed to be a part of this great team of missionaries at work for the Lord. We are engaged in the mission to make disciples (see Matthew 28:19-20). We work at that mission through our preschool, our youth ministry programs, 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 preparing to be 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.

  • D'One Riswold & Jessica Smothers

    Hi, my name is D'One Riswold, and I have been the office manager at Hosanna for 10 years. I now share office responsibilities with Jessica Smothers. I am originally from South Dakota and have lived in Chandler, AZ for 15 years with my husband Dennis. We have 2 daughters and 4 grandsons that also live here and are the joy of our life. It has been a pleasure working here and getting to know the people at Hosanna. 


    Hi, I am Jessica Smothers, and it's a pleasure to be a part of Hosanna Lutheran Church and Little Palms School. I grew up in Illinois and graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2010, where I met my husband. After moving to Mesa, we joined Hosanna in 2011, and love attending with our children: Carly, Andrew, and Joshua.  


    You can reach us at: info@hosanna-lcms.com

  • Martin Poland, Facilities Director

    I was born in the Sand Hills of Nebraska.  I lived in Omaha, Nebraska for most of my life.  I worked in the Automotive Industry most of my life.  In the mid 70's - 80's  worked for Caterpillar in the Industrial Division in Omaha.  I moved from Omaha in 1985 to West Bend, WI and worked at a Ford Lincoln Mercury Dealership.  I moved to Omaha in 1987 where I worked at a Ford Dealership in Blair Nebraska for the next 18 years.  My wife and 2 dogs moved here in August of 2015.  My wife transferred here with her job to run an office in Scottsdale.  She as been with her company for over 30 years.   

Hosanna's Music Team

  • John C. Snyder

    Director of Music

  • Debra Blau


  • 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 16 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 2 times over.  


  • Glenna Landavazo

    Hello to the Hosanna and Little Palms School family! My name is Glenna Landavazo and I am one of the teachers at our Little Palms Preschool. I have done child care for over 20 years along with foster care for over 6 Years in my home. I have been married to my husband Henry for 34 years. I am very blessed to have 4 children of my own and we have recently adopted 3 children. I also have 4 granddaughters, 2 that previously attended Little Palms and one still attending. I am excited and very honored to be teaching the word of our Lord to all of our children here at Hosanna.

    God's love, Glenna

  • Shannon Dearchs