Hope Plainwell Leadership


Pr. Nicole was born, raised, and attended college in Indiana, PA the hometown of actor James “Jimmy” Stewart. After graduating college, she attended seminary at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg located in Gettysburg, PA. There she met her future husband James E. Smith who is also a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He currently serves at St. John Lutheran and Trinity Episcopal in Three Rivers, MI. Together they have two sons Titus and Timothy. They also have two cats Doc and Benedict. Some of her hobbies include hiking, reading, cooking, watching professional baseball & college football, watching movies, taking her family on zoo trips. 

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Veronica Johnson

Administrative Assistant

Veronica Johnson has been a member at Hope since 2017 when she joined by baptism. She is a U.S. Army veteran and a 2020 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University. She currently serves on Hope’s council and is active with Hope’s missions / activities. She enjoys reading especially about history. Favorite reading topics include the American Civil War, Ancient Rome, Church History, and both World Wars. She also enjoys the works of author Kathy Reichs.

Council Executive Board 2023

Council Members Back Row Left to Right:
Avery Landenberger – Council Secretary
Nancy Gregory – Council President
Dick Koch – Council Officer
Council Members Front Row Left to Right:
Veronica Johnson – Council Officer
Pastor Nicole
Marne Sieber – Council Vice President
Fran Koehl – Council Treasurer

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