About Us

Our Church Story

Hope's faith tradition is based on a life-transforming story. Hope and ELCA's story is both ancient and timely. It's a story of a powerful and patient God who has boundless love for all people of the world, who brings justice for the oppressed. It's a story of Jesus Christ changing lives. It's a story that brings comfort and strength to people who today live in modern, often unsettling times. We are a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith we embrace you as a whole person - questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world. Visit us and learn more about our beliefs - and become a part of our story.

Our Ministry

In our community of faith you will gather with people who look forward with joy to an everlasting future.  These are people of HOPE.
Our worship services feed people with the Gospel, the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Here you will find people who are EVANGELICAL.
This congregation remembers that they live in faith, by the grace of God, firmly rooted and grounded in the scriptures.  We are LUTHERAN.
Above all, we represent a group of people often called the Body of Christ.  We are a congregation of people.  We are called the CHURCH, a part of the great church of Christ’s people all over the world.
Please join us as we serve one another and reach out into our community to care for others in our life together in the name of Jesus Christ.

The pastorate


Pastor Steve Brisson was born in 1959, and raised in the town of Bellingham, in southeastern Massachusetts. In 1986 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, and later worked as a food chemist. As Senior Scientist of the Mantrose-Haeuser Company, he developed food coatings and edible barriers, and represented the company internationally. In response to a growing sense of call to ordained ministry, he left this position in 1997 to attend the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He graduated in 2001, and was ordained in June of that year. He served as a pastor in Upstate New York until his call to Grace Lutheran in Connecticut in April of 2005. He stayed there until August 16, 2018 when he was called to Hope Lutheran in Citrus Springs, Florida Pastor Steve has been married to his wife, Sarah, for 33 years, and has a son, Neil, who is currently serving in the Navy and is stationed in Panama City, Florida. When asked about matters of faith, he'll tell you that 'God stuff always comes down to relationship. Everything that God does is aimed at drawing us into a life-giving, peace-giving relationship with God. That's especially true of Jesus. It's also true of the church. In the church, God touches our lives, oftentimes through our relationships with each other. And through the church, God reaches into the world to touch the lives of others. More and more, people are struggling with a sense of being isolated and disconnected; the church offers a place to find what's missing - You guessed it: relationship.' When he's not busy being a pastor, Pastor Steve enjoys playing guitar and piano, walking and bike-riding, dining out, and traveling with Sarah.

About Our Beliefs

We are Lutheran, that is Christians who follow the teachings of Martin Luther:
1. We are saved by the grace of God alone - not by anything we do.

2. We accept the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life. We see validity in various scholarly methods of analysis to help in understanding the Bible

3. We practice open communion, permitting all baptized persons to receive communion.

Daily Reflection

Service Times & Directions

Saturday Service

Spoken Holy Communion: 4:30 pm

Sunday Services

Spoken Holy Communion: 8:00 am

Sung Holy Communion: 10:00 am

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9425 North Citrus Springs BLVD
Citrus Springs, FL 34433
(352) 489-5511