The Living Hope Family is excited to welcome Pastor Jonah Burakowski and his family to our congregation!
Pastor Jonah, the son of Henry and Gloria Burakowski, was raised in Sterling Heights, MI with his five siblings Mike, Jeff, Sue, Matthew and James. After graduating from High School he attended Central Michigan University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Family Science and Human Sexuality (1997). While at CMU he met Liz Jackson (Bachelor of Science in Social Work, 1996) and despite the fact she was mean to him they were married a few weeks after graduation and their life began in earnest.
How earnest? She moved with him to Emporia, Kansas so he could attend Emporia State University earning a Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Higher Education Administration (1999). They returned to Michigan where he worked at The University of Michigan and then Ferris State University as an administrator and faculty member. During those years, Theresa and Kaijala were born and the family moved to Beverly Hills, MI there he began post graduate study in Urban Education Administration at Wayne State University in Detroit while teaching middle school English and Technology at an inner-city parochial school.
In 2004 the Burakowski family moved to St. Louis, Missouri so that Jonah could attend Concordia Seminary and pursue a Master of Divinity degree. Olivia was born in St. Louis rounding out the family and necessitating the purchase of their first minivan (thanks Olivia).
The Burakowski family, when not moving, enjoys camping, screaming at amusement parks, seeing movies together and taking road trips on adventures (even to battle fields to amuse their dad). Liz manages this unruly bunch while Theresa attends North Stafford High School (9th grade), Kaijala hangs at H.H. Poole (8th grade), Olivia bangs around Kate Waller Barrett (4th grade) and their dog Pepper just lies around making noises.
He comes from St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beloit, Wisconsin where he rooted for the Detroit Lions despite being threatened with great bodily harm by the Packers fans there. Oh, and he definitely loves talking about Jesus.
Thank God! Yep, thank God for this opportunity to gather as His people and celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit through your Divine Call. How exciting that we have been paired together to carry on the work of reaching out with the Gospel of Jesus Christ to this community and beyond. Who knew right? Well, Jesus for one, but it is astounding to see how the Lord works to ensure that men and congregations are matched for this important work.
I look forward to the coming years and I am sure that we will have all kinds of opportunities, surprises and challenges as we share in the grace of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. But, with our eyes fixed firmly on Jesus Christ we will be the recipients of His mercy and love while having the privilege of sharing the same with those around us.
We are VERY glad to be here knowing God has a plan as He said through Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (29:11).
WooooHoooo! Jesus Saves!
Welcome to Living Hope! We are a group of Christians dedicated to growing in the grace and love of Jesus Christ, and we uphold the Holy Scriptures (the Bible) to be the only infallible guide to following in Jesus’ footsteps.
We invite individuals and families throughout Stafford County to join us for Sunday worship services. We offer two different service styles: one that uses the Lutheran Service Book orders of worship and traditional hymnody (8:15 a.m. service), and another that uses contemporary songs of praise to accompany confession and absolution, Bible lessons, a sermon, and a brief review of Luther’s Small Catechism (10:45 a.m. service). Each worship service includes the Sacrament of Holy Communion to sustain and strengthen our lives in Christ.
We encourage families to engage in daily devotional time at home. We also invite individuals and families to explore our additional educational opportunities, such as adult Bible study, Sunday school, confirmation classes, and more.
In addition to our church, we also run a state-licensed, Christian-based preschool and childcare facility. We offer a variety of part- and full-time child care and preschool programs for children aged six weeks to five years. Our facility also offers before and after school programs for school-aged children (ages 5 to 12).
As a state-licensed facility, we adhere to all state guidelines, including student-to-teacher ratios, and are subject to surprise inspections each year. All of our instructors receive formal training annually and are dedicated to ensuring the safety and well being of all children, as well as fostering each child’s physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual growth through varied curricula and stimulating, wholesome activities.
To learn more about Living Hope Lutheran Church, or for more information about our Christian-based day care and preschool, contact us today. We are a local congregation affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.