Hope in Hollywood offers all traditional forms of ministry. Its Pastors are available to administer the Sacraments, preach and teach God's Word, individual and family counseling, and prayer.
Mark Rasbach, Pastor
Hope's Pastor since 1980 is Mark Rasbach. Pastor Mark received his BACHELOR OF ARTS IN BROADCASTING AND COMMUNICATIONS from San Fernando Valley State College, Northridge. He later received his MASTERS OF DIVINITY from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. He has been an advisory board member of ANGELCARE (an international relief organization on behalf of children), and CHRISTIANS CONCERNED (an organization concerned about anti-Semitism). In 1983 after an arson-set fire destroyed Hope Lutheran Church, Pastor Mark led his congregation through this tragedy and in 2 1/2 years rebuilt the new Church. he has hosted worldwide tours to the Middle East, Europe and Asia. Cornerstones of Pastor Mark's 35 years of ministry at Hope include a long history of community involvement and social service. A brief list of ongoing and past activities include:
- services focusing on help for abused people
- services for overcoming substance abuse
- adopting Holocaust survivor Ebi Gabor, who has taken over 300 people from Hope to the Museum of Tolerance
- assisting children from low-income homes through the HomeSafe child-care program
- sponsoring disadvantaged children from around the world through San Diego based Angelcare
- participating in Temple Beth Israel's Mitzvah Day
- annual Aids Memorial Service
- Tolerance Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- support services for those dealing with Cancer and for those remembering loved ones lost to Cancer
Hope was established on the corner of Melrose and Mansfield in 1942. Pastor Mark Rasbach, who has served Hope since 1980, succeeded his father, pastor H.K. Rasbach, who ministered the congregation for 47 years.
Alexia Salvatierra, Assisting Pastor
Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is the Assisting Pastor at Hope Lutheran. She is a Lutheran Pastor with over 35 years of experience in congregational and community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational and community organizing and legislative advocacy. She is the author, with Dr. Peter Heltzel, of "Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World" (Intervarsity Press) and the founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork.. She was the Director of Justice for the Southwest California Synod of the ELCA under Bishop Nelson. In addition to coordinating the Welcoming Congregations/Guardian Angels Network for the Southwest California Synod, she serves as a consultant (training, facilitating, organizing and leading strategic planning) for a variety of national/international organizations, including World Vision, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and the Christian Community Development Association. She has been a national leader in the areas of working poverty and immigration for over 20 years, including the co-founding of the national Evangelical Immigration Table. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Missiology at Fuller Theological Seminary.
She is adjunct faculty for the Micah Doctorate of Ministry for the New York Theological Seminary, Spanish MDiv and School of Intercultural Studies for Fuller Theological Seminary, Masters in Urban Studies at Eastern University, Urban and Multicultural Programs at Azusa Pacific University, Maestria at Universidad Teologica de la Iglesia Apostolica, the New Theological Seminary of the West, Haiti Partners Interseminary Micah Program, Duke Divinity School Summer Intensive and the Pacific School of Religion Summer Intensive and has taught at Vanguard and Biola Universities as well as lecturing at a variety of academic institutions, including the University of Southern California and UCLA. From 2000 to 2011, she was the Executive Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice—beginning as the director of CLUE in Los Angeles and then as the first CLUE-CA director. CLUE-CA is a statewide alliance of organizations of religious leaders who come together to respond to the crisis of working poverty by joining low-wage workers in their struggle for a living wage, health insurance, fair working conditions and a voice in the decisions that affect them. Under Alexia’s leadership, CLUE-CA became known for its young leaders’ project, the New Sanctuary Movement and the "Our Children" project in Orange County which engages immigrant and non-immigrant evangelical congregations in joint ministry to immigrant youth facing deportation.
Before CLUE-CA, Rev. Salvatierra founded multiple programs and organizations, in the US and overseas. These included a gang prevention program for at-risk immigrant youth, a community computer center and an intergenerational community garden where the elderly taught at-risk youth to grow produce for sale as well as a collaborative of UC students, homeless leaders and congregation members providing emergency services in the streets of Santa Cruz and the migrant farmworker camps in Watsonville. She was founding director of the Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless, a program that integrated social services, community organizing, pastoral care, and economic development for the homeless that was replicated in six US cities. In the Philippines, she trained urban poor women in Manila to serve as chaplains to their neighbors. She has been awarded the Changemaker award from the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Stanton Fellowship from the Durfee Foundation, the Amos Award from Sojourners, the Giants of Justice award from CLUE LA and the Prime Mover fellowship from the Hunt Alternatives Fund.
Hubert Rasbach, Pastor Emeritus
In Memoriam 1913-1994
Hubert Rasbach was named Pastor Emeritus after serving the parish for 34 years. Born in Tacoma, Washington, Hubert H.K. Rasbach was educated at Chapman College and Capitol University Theological Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. He was ordained to the ministry of the American Lutheran Church.
He was called to be pastor of Hollywood's Hope Lutheran Church in 1947, and served faithfully until 1980 when he was designated Pastor Emeritus to assist his son Mark, and then served 14 more years until he entered the church triumphant on November 7, 1994.Of particular significance to the Church, community, nation and world has been Pastor H.K.'s pronounced influence in the motion picture industry. He virtually stood alone among Christian clergy in his tireless attempt to use motion pictures to reflect a message of morality, priority and relevancy. Pastor H.K. was responsible for scores of films including "The Way of Peace" which was premiered in Washington D.C. in 1947; was a friend to such producers as Cecil B. DeMille and George Stevens; chaired for seventeen years the Script Evaluation Committee of the National Council of Churches; was in charge of the Hollywood Ministerial Association's annual Holy Week showing of DeMille's "This King of Kings" for twelve years; and critically reviewed dozens of pictures for Lutheran publications.
Pastor H.K. and his wife Esther were married in 1937. Together with their four children, they exemplify the real meaning of family, faith, involvement, purpose and values. On behalf of so many of every background, circumstance and persuasion, we especially thank God for Pastor H.K. Rasbach - the man and the ministry - this gifted servant...and beautiful human being.
In Memoriam 1918-2007
Esther was born in Olean, New York on December 31, 1918. She was the third child of Alvina and George Haase. She had two sisters Elvera and Thelma and is survived by her brother, Alvin Haase.
When the children were young, the family moved to Highland Park, California where Esther graduated from Franklin High School. Her family church was The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd where she was a faithful member and sang in the choir. While there, she met her husband, Hubert with whom she enjoyed and celebrated 58 years of marriage. After their wedding on June 13, 1937, she and Hubert moved to Columbus, Ohio where she worked to help support him through three years of seminary.
They returned to California in 1940 where they moved to Hubert's first Parish - First Lutheran in Fullerton. While serving as an active Minister's wife in a new congregation, Esther gave birth to four children - Sharon, Judy, Mark and Pat.
In 1947, the family moved to Hollywood, California to take a call to hope Lutheran Church. Esther served in many capacities at the church and assisted her husband for 47 years. In 1990, Hubert sustained a debilitating stroke. Esther chose to care for him at home until he died 3 1/2 years later. After Hubert's death, she continued to assist her son, Mark, in his ministry for the remainder of her life.