NHLC Staff

Staff – Pastor Chris Michaelis


The Rev. Chris Michaelis

The Reverend Chris Michaelis was called as Pastor of New Hope Lutheran Church in September 2016. He is originally from Arlington, Texas and received his Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in May 2016. He also has a degree in International Business from Texas Tech University.

Pastor Chris has particular interests in worship and liturgical practice, and how our worship forms our faith. He is also passionate about the intersection of the life of faith and civic engagement, and is interested in the role and voice the church has in public discourse.

Pastor Chris and his wife, Tiffany, enjoy cooking, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and brunch. Pastor Chris also enjoys playing any percussion instrument and brewing beer.

Pastor Chris posts his sermons and blogs regularly at The Narrow Way, and can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Pastor of Faith Formation

The Rev. Janelle Hooper

Janelle Rozek Hooper grew up in Houston.  The encouragement of Christian leaders, valuing her gifts as a young person played a large part in why she became a pastor and why she's passionate about doing the same for young people today.  She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in African-American studies.  She then graduated with a Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  She met her husband Brad, in Chicago where they had their two kids, Sophia and Soren.  Ordained in 2003 she has served four congregations before coming to New Hope.  She also serves part-time as Program Director for Ministry with Children for the ELCA.  She enjoys reading and writing; authoring "Heaven on Earth:  Studies in Matthew" for Fortress Press.  And if you ask her, she'll tell you she works so she can garden!

Staff Rev. Janelle Hooper
Staff Daniel Sigmon

Campus Administrator

Daniel Sigmon

Daniel Sigmon is the Campus Administrator at New Hope Lutheran Church in Missouri City, Texas (Southwest of Houston).   Music has defined and enriched his life in ways that he never thought possible. During the last 30 years he has been able to accomplish and experience many things, writing: 4 operas, 5 song cycles, a piano concerto, an organ concerto, several works for orchestra, ensemble pieces, choral music, and band works as well. Daniel has also written music for the church and arranged much of the Evangelical Lutheran Worship Hymnal to be used with diverse instrumentation.  He's had the immense honor and pleasure of hearing his music performed all over the world.  He has also been privileged to tour Europe and Mexico as a performer. He is a member of the Texas Choral Directors Association and ASCAP.

Daniel is also active in Aviculture, speaking at conferences around the country about birds and reconciliation ecology. He is a freelance writer for Bird Talk Magazine and BirdChannel.com where he contributes articles about urban parrot populations and endangered and extinct parrots.

Daniel currently serves as Festival Director of Parrot Festival in Houston, Texasl. He is also a member of the Quaker Parakeet Society, the American Federation of Aviculture, the International Conure Association, and the International Parrotlet Society.

Staff Aimee Elles


Deacon Aimee Elles