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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

John C. Snyder Theresa Coe (right) Debra Blau, (left)

Director of Music Praise Team Leader Pianist

Choir Director e-mail Theresa


Preschool Director

Cindy Koch

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

Preschool Teacher (Pre-K)

Amy Bowen

My name is Amy Bowen, 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 lear of God's love fore 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.

Preschool Teacher

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,


Preschool Teacher Aide (Pre-K)

Linda Miller

Director of Christian of Education

Sharon Owens

I grew up in the greater Milwaukee area. Later, I attended Concordia University Seward, Nebraska and received a BA in Behavioral Science, minor in Evangelism and DCE certification. God has blessed my life through the adoption of my daughter Joanna and son Peter. We are in a family ministry and love serving those whom God brings into our lives. I am a strong advocate for campus ministry, especially with international students and enjoy learning about different cultures, camping, fishing for souls and equipping others.

Facilities Director

Martin Poland

Office Coordinators

D'One Riswold (left) Jessica Smothers (right)

Hi, my name is D'One Riswold, and I have been the office manager at Hosanna for 8 years. I will now be sharing the office responsibilities with Jessica Smothers. I am orignially from South Dakota and have lived in Chandler, AZ for 13 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 and Andrew.

Praise Team

Theresa Coe - Praise Team Director

Troy McClellan- Guitarist

Michael Landavazo - Percusionist

Amy Bowen - Singer

Anna Hurowyj - Singer

Kedemah Aquino- Singer

Head Elder

Scott Brown

The Board of Elders:

The Board of Elders has the responsibility of providing support to the Pastoral staff and is an extension of the ministry of the Pastor(s). The duties of the Board of Elders include:

  • Concern with the welfare of the Church Worker and their family.
  • Assist the Pastor(s) in matters pertaining to the spiritual welfare of the congregation.
  • Assist the Pastor(s) in the administration of the Sacraments and other Church rites when requested.
  • Assist the Pastor(s) in visiting and ministering to the sick, the aged, and the shut-ins.
  • Oversee the Head Usher and supervise their work along with the Altar Guild’s preparation for services.
  • Encourage members in their attendance at worship services and participation in the church.
  • Be responsible for the Christian nurture of adults in the congregation.

  • Congregation President

    Jimmy Aquino

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