Rev. Dr. Richard Mokry, Pastor
Pastor Rich is a native of Rome, NY. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church there in Rome. At the age of 17 Rich was given faith in Christ in a special way. So powerful was this revelation that Rich sensed God’s call on his life to share the meaning of faith with others.
Pastor Rich affirms God's desire to give each of us faith in Him so that we may be “saved” and know the special joy of belonging to Him and serving Him. He studied and earned degrees at Concordia College in NY, New York University, Christ Seminary-Seminex, culminating with the Doctor of Ministry degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He entered into the ministry Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in 2001. He has served congregations in North Carolina, Connecticut and New York.
Pastor Rich and his wife, Miriam, were married in 1981. They have been blessed with seven children, both biological and adopted, with Micah, Grace, and Ellie currently living at home in Levittown. Pastor Rich enjoys time with his family, camping, hiking, biking and generally being in the outdoors.
Deaconess Claire E. Neagley, Principal
Mrs. Neagley was born and raised in Chilton, Wisconsin. She was baptized into her Christian faith at St. Martin Lutheran Church and there began her walk with Jesus. Relocating to Austin, Texas, with her family when she was just 9 years old, Mrs. Neagley attended St. Paul Lutheran School and was confirmed in her Christian faith at St. Paul Lutheran Church while a student at the school. During those formative years and throughout high school, she was encouraged by her parents and her Pastor to follow the Lord's calling into the Diaconate.
Following high school, Mrs. Neagley spent two years at Concordia Lutheran College--Austin preparing to enter the Deaconess Training Program at Valparaiso University. While at Valparaiso, she served her Deaconess Internship at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Flint, Michigan, After graduating in May, 1975, she was called to return to St. Paul (Flint) where she was consecrated and installed as their Parish Deaconess. Mrs. Neagley served St. Paul for 6 years until June 1981 when she married Rev. Richard L. Neagley and turned her time and talents to being a Christian wife and mother.
Mrs. Neagley taught at Lutheran preschools in both Ft. Myers, Florida, and Ashaway, Rhode Island. She later served as full-time Principal at Immanuel Lutheran School in Bristol, Connecticut. When Pastor Neagley retired, he and Mrs. Neagley moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to their two grown children. Their son, Daniel, lives in Doylestown and works in human resources management. Their daughter, Rebekah Taboada, lives with her husband, Dan, and their son, Noah, in Philadelphia; they are both school teachers.
Ms. Terri Rambo, Early-Childhood Learning Director
Ms. Rambo graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and began her career in a preschool teaching three year olds. When that school closed, she taught first grade at Immaculate Conception Catholic School for three years.
After she became a mom, she decided to stay home and watch other children along with her own. When her children were in middle school, Ms. Rambo began teaching at Hope Lutheran. Four years later, in 2010, she became Director of the Preschool Program. In 2018 she also became Interim Principal of the school.
Although Ms. Rambo was born and raised in Levittown, she now lives to Tullytown. After her son, Paul was graduated from Penn State University and her daughter Amanda was a junior at Bloomsburg University, Ms. Rambo returned to school and earned her Pennsylvania Director Credential. She feels Hope Lutheran is blessed with a wonderful staff and a great group of children and it is a pleasure to be working here.
Mrs. Abby Marquard, Administrative Assistant
Abigail Marquard (Abby) grew up in Morrisville PA. She and her family have been active members of First Baptist Church of Morrisville, where she is currently working with their youth ministry. Abby met her husband, Jake, at their home church when they toddlers. They were just married in August.
Abby graduated from Bucks County Technical High School where she studied culinary arts. Following a choice to switch out of the culinary field, she has worked as an administrative assistant in several small offices and a larger corporate office. These experiences prepared her to fully appreciate Hope’s well-organized office and congenial atmosphere. She is enjoying getting to know the children, parents, teachers, staff and volunteers of the church and school.
Growing up, she was heavily involved in church activities and faith-based ministry. Every gift that she has, including this newfound position among fellow believers, she knows comes from the Lord.