• Erik & Laureen Horwedel

    Lead Pastor & Children's ministry director

    We have been with Living Hope Church since the first service in January of 2009 on a blizzardy snowy Sunday at the local Shelton Marriott. We have a family of 7, 3 daughters and two sons. We desire to serve the kingdom of God in and through Living Hope Church by living out Colossians 3 in putting on the new man, to know Jesus more than we could ever imagine and to love others by His revelation of the gospel - the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. We both enjoy serving Living Hope Church - Erik as Lead Pastor and Laureen as the Children's Ministry Director. The first thing we fell in love with at Living Hope Church was, and is, the presence of the Lord through this body; that there are real men and women willing to be engaged for His kingdom’s purpose and expansion. Our hope for you is to be encouraged to come, participate and engage with what the Lord is doing in and through Living Hope Church.


    Leah Brasile-koenig

    worship leader

    Hello!  I have been serving in the area of worship for many years, but felt called by the Lord to step into the role of worship leader at Living Hope in early 2022.  I love to help create an atmosphere where people are encouraged and free to enter into the presence of God and experience the beautiful restoration and refreshment that comes to the human soul through the offering of worship.  I was saved by Jesus at a young age and I have been amazed at what my faithful Lord has done in each season of my life.  The years have been rich with redemption, grace and growth, even (and especially) in the years of struggle and pain.  My prayer for you is that you will know the joy and power of the presence of God as you worship him “at all times (Psalm 34).”

    I have been married to Jon since 2009, and we homeschool our two sons and two daughters. Aside from music, I enjoy hiking, gardening and reading.

  • Pastor Vin Artese

    teaching pastor

    God saved Vin by His grace during his freshman year of high school in October 2001.  Vin first sensed God call him into ministry during his first year of college and has served the Lord in various ways since then.  Vin has a passion for teaching and preaching the Word of God. While in seminary,  God called Vin to embark on a church planting journey.  For six years,   Vin served as Lead Pastor of a church plant until God called him to Living Hope in the spring of 2023.  In addition to serving as Teaching Pastor at Living Hope, 

    Vin is a history teacher at a local high school. Vin has been happily married to Nicole since 2011 and is blessed to be the father of Vinny and Timothy.  Vin enjoys reading, podcasts, working out, theology, video games, history, and spending time with his family.

  • Pastor Pat ShoUvlin

    Discipleship Pastor

    Pat and his wife Gail of 36 years both grew up in New Canaan, CT and dated since high school.

    Married in 1987,  Pat was a youth director at a local YMCA in Boston before entering the corporate sales world.  Pat and Gail moved to Trumbull, CT in 2000 where he and his brother launched Java Express, a coffee and water business. While building their business, Pat was active at Calvary EFC.  He first led the men’s ministry and then the young adult ministry before becoming the youth pastor for 2 years.

    In 2009, Pat and Gail helped launch Living Hope Church. As the lead elder and interim pastor from 2013 to 2015, Pat was focused on discipleship as well as helping with preaching and leading a home group.

    Pat and his brother sold Java Express in 2015 and Pat ran the CT operation for the company that purchased them. In 2017 he transitioned into full time ministry with USAYO, a sports ministry that works with college and high school athletes. In 2018, Pat accepted an offer from Grace Community Church in New Canaan to be their family pastor. In 2022, Pat and Gail felt the Lord leading back to Living Hope, where he now serves as the pastor of discipleship.

    Pat and Gail have 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren that are twins.

  • chuck forstrom


    Chuck has been a life long resident of Connecticut and currently lives in Shelton. He is the proud father of his daughter Kylie and son Tyler, both high schoolers. Chuck has worked in his family's electrical contracting business for over thirty years. Reading, martial arts, landscaping and golf are some of the extra things that make Chuck smile. 

     "Living Hope Church is a wonderful place to meet Jesus and grow in his likeness.  The presence of the Holy Spirit and the love from my bothers and sisters have truly made a difference in my life. I am humbled and honored to  have the opportunity to serve the Lord at Living Hope Church and in my everyday world . It absolutely is an exciting ride."

  • Ray Bieber

    Elder | Pastor

    Ray has been coming to LHC for many years.  Ray brings a great amount of wisdom and insight to our elder team.  He truly has an incredible gift in ministering and reaching those far from Jesus.  Ray is also a licenced pastor under the leadership of LHC.  Throughout his serving in ministry many have come and given their life to Jesus!  He is a true blessing to the communities here in CT. 

  • scott mogle


    When Lil and I were married in 1992, our prayer was that we would be salt and light in the world.  That God might use us to draw people unto Him.  The Lord led Lil and I to Living Hope as we sought an authentic body of believers who live life together.  Living Hope seeks to be that church where real people, live real lives in pursuit of that which God has for them.  As a Nurse, I seek to be God's hands and feet and Lil as a grade school principal, seeks to share God's immense love for all God's children (both big and small!)  The Lord has blessed us richly with two wonderful children. Our son Logan works as an Engineer at MPI in Seymour while pursuing his engineering degree.  Our daughter Monica, second only in age to her brother, pursues her passion for writing at Carson-Newman University seeking a degree in Creative Writing.

    Please come and join us as we seek to serve his Kingdom as we gather, grow and go.

  • john blair


    Photo & Bio Coming Soon:  John & Kathy Blair

  • Keith richards


    Photo & Bio Coming Soon:  Keith & Carol Richards