---Ministry Team

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Pastor Brian Hetzel

---Why Our Church

Something Special

Pointe of Hope began in prayer in the winter of 1999 with a group of like-minded people determined to start a church geared to the unchurched.
They wanted Pointe of Hope to be a safe place for unchurched people to be welcomed and ministered to. A place where people spoke openly, dressed casually, worshiped authentically, and personally grew from relevant Bible teaching that strengthens homes, marriages, and lives. They sought to center the church around small group ministry, so that people could develop close friendships, and support each other, as people experience life’s ups and downs.

What We Believe

Pointe of Hope believes a personal relationship with Jesus is the answer to life and to a life thereafter. No one values people more than Jesus. No one guides and directs you like Jesus.
Pointe of Hope doesn’t want to just be “friendly,” but a place where you can find friends. Life is difficult enough, church shouldn’t be. Pointe of Hope wants to help balance your life and strengthen your family.
Pointe of Hope believes God gives us the tools to shape our lives through prayer, study, and praise. One issue at a time; one need at a time; one day at a time.
Pointe of Hope believes every life is a gift and all people have special talents and insights to share. Significance comes not just in understanding yourselves, but in sharing your life with others.
Pointe of Hope believes that the Bible is the word of God, and has the power to speak into one’s life to positively change it.

What Makes Us Unique

BIBLE BASED –The starting Pointe in our beliefs is the Bible, not feelings, not interpretations, not social norms or traditions. Psalm 119
MINISTRY – We believe God has given the ministry of the church to all the people of the church. Ephesians 4
SPIRITUAL CARE – We practice Biblical care through small groups. People in small groups are close enough to care, support, and encourage each other through prayer, study, relating, and service.
Acts 2:42-47
REACHING OUT – We believe that the church exists for those not yet in it. Our goal is to share Jesus with people. There is not a higher calling nor more important task than making Christ known. The adventure of “reaching out” to spiritual seekers is everyone’s honor. We all have family and friends we can share God’s love with and invite them to one of our ministries.
Matthew 28:19-20
SPIRITUAL GROWTH – Scripture calls us to a life time of spiritual and biblical discovery. Starting with spiritual truth and growing in a life time process of spiritual maturity. (Spiritual Fruit: Galatians 5:22-24; Christian Love: Mark 12:30-33)
HEARTFELT WORSHIP – Worship flows out of a vitalized relationship with God. Worship is not supposed to become static or rote. Each Sunday the people of Pointe of Hope come together to worship the Creator and Sustainer of all things, and lift up the name of Jesus with our words, voices and bodies. Psalm 95
THE CHURCH – We believe the church is a divine/inspired living organism, not an organization. As a church, we walk in unity and mutual respect.


---Ministry Team


Brian Hetzel, Pastor

My wife, Joan, and I have three kids, Rachael, Jacob, and Hannah. We have lived in Blue Springs for 19 years, and are very familiar with life in Eastern Jackson County.

I received my undergraduate degree in Pastoral Ministries and Elementary Education in 1986 from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. In 1992 I received my Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. I received training as a Missions Planter in 1998.

I have served three congregations. From 1992-1996, I served Trinity Lutheran Church in Trimont, Minnesota. From 1996 to 1999, I served as Associate Pastor of Timothy Lutheran here in Blue Springs. Then in 2000, I received and accepted a call to start a mission church in Eastern Jackson County. Pointe of Hope had it’s first public service on December 4, 2000, Approximately 110 attended that Sunday, and I have served as lead Pastor ever since.

My ministry philosophy is highly relational, creative, relevant, progressive, and practical. The idea of a spiritual family has always been important as I look at the church.

My hobbies and interests include singing, playing the piano, reading, gardening, watching NFL games, weight lifting and working out at the local gym, biking, and scratching my head as I try to figure out home repair projects.
Benjamin, Minister of Music


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Jean Schwabe, Office Administrator

Carolyn Whitsitt, Bookkeeper