Matt Mueller - Pastor


Attending Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, Pastor Mueller earned
a Bachlor of Liberal Arts. Following his study there, he attended Wisconsin
Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. He graduated in May of 2015 with a
Master of Divinity. Upon graduation, Living Hope Lutheran Chruch called
Pastor Mueller to serve full time as our spiritual leader. We are pleased to
have him, along with his wife and three children, join our congregation.

Travis Breitkreutz - Treasurer


I was born and raised in Wisconsin, but moved to Peoria over 20 years ago to work for Caterpillar.  I was a member of Beautiful Savior down in Marquette Heights, and became a member of Living Hope upon its incorporation in Peoria.  I’ve served in various positions in the church, from secretary to financial secretary to treasurer—each one for several terms.  Way back in the day, I was also a Sunday School teacher.
In my home life, I enjoy reading all kinds of books, but I focus mainly on histories, mysteries, sci-fi, and fantasies.  I also play online games and train regularly at the gym.  Finally, I’m currently working on a multi-year home remodeling project—at my current pace, it’ll be ten years before I’m done.

Darrell Durig - Elder


Hello.  My name is Darrell Durig.  I serve in an officer role at Living Hope as an Elder.  My wife and I moved here from Wisconsin about 25 years ago to take a job with Catepillar.  I still work there as an engineer doing powertrain design work.  While Living Hope is a relatively small church, it is a church that I think many will find very welcoming and friendly.  If you are looking for a church home please give us a visit.  We would love to share our worship time with you.

Greg Lisota - Secretary

Greg Lisota has been a member of Living Hope since 1998. He recently got married and is growing in his wisdom through God's Word as to how to be a good husband. Greg works at Agview Industries where is oversees the day to day operations. In addition to Greg being the secretary on the coucil, Greg is also in charge of facility maintenance. Often times you will find him fixing light fixtures and making sure everything is working properly at Living Hope's facility.

Mark Chan - Councilman At Large

Mark is one of our newest members at Living Hope. He is engaged in many different areas at Living Hope including planning our outreach events to the community. Mark is a financial planner. He is married and has a daughter who is 12 years old.

Jim Unruh - President


Jim is originally from Milwaukee, WI, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineer.  He currently works at Caterpillar’s Technical Center in Product Development.  Jim and his wife Julie have two children.  Jim enjoys sports and movies.

Mike McTavish - Financial Secretary 

Mike is originally from Wauwatosa, WI and moved to Peoria in 2004 upon Graduation from College.  He has been a member of Living Hope ever since and has served on the Church council previously as Secretary.  He currently works for Dewberry Architects in Peoria Illinois as Operations Director and Electrical Engineer. Mike and his wife Melissa have two children.  Mike enjoys playing volleyball, watching sports, and keeping up with his little boys.