Jason Scheler

Senior Pastor

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Hi, thank you for connecting with us.  My name is Jason Scheler and I have the honor to serve with Hope on the Beach Church to the community of South Walton and beyond.  The Lord brought me here in 2009 from a successful church plant in Michigan to restart Hope as their first full-time Pastor. I have a passion to love and connect people to Jesus. I define success by you being closer to Jesus and you helping others to connect to Jesus.  All heaven rejoices when this is happening.  My favorite bible verse is Luke 5:32 "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."  I am blessed to be married to Kristie and to share in life together. We have three children.  Kayla - married to Bart with 2 little boys in Phoenix, AZ.  Jacob -read more about him on the next bio, Jenna- a navy nurse.  I enjoy family, friends, cooking, fishing, biking, traveling, and the Beach.  I hope this introduction will be a starting point for us to grow together in Christ.  I would appreciate the opportunity to know you more, so please send an email, or let's connect over coffee.  


Steve Rice

Director of Discipleship

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Kristie Scheler

Director of Connections

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Blessed to be born in a Christian home, baptized at 9 days, and attended St. John Lutheran School from Kindergarten – 12th Grade graduation. When I was in 2nd grade I felt called to be a Lutheran School Teacher. I was blessed to study Elementary Education at Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska upon graduating from high school. I was blessed to meet Jason in college and we were married in 1991. We have been blessed with 3 children that by the grace of God love Him and serve Him as adults. Kayla is married to Bart and they have blessed us with 2 grandsons. They live in Phoenix, Arizona. Jacob lives in Freeport and studying to be a pastor and serves at Hope. Jenna is an officer in the Navy and serves as a nurse in Portsmouth, Virginia. I loved teaching Preschool – 1st Grade for many years, as well as homeschooling our children for 1 year. When Jason answered the call to be a pastor and started seminary, we felt it was important for me to step out of the classroom and take on a different role in our home. I love working in the church and helping to plant 2 churches. I enjoy swimming, boating, bicycling, and time with family and friends and the beach.

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 46:10a

Anna Reineke

Director of Christian Education (DCE)

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Hello! I am Anna Reineke, Director of Christian Education here at Hope on the Beach Church! I coordinate Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, and the Worship System. I graduated from Concordia, St Paul in April of 2021 and then made the big move to Florida in June 2021. I am originally from northern Wisconsin. I did learn to love the winter and snow, but I am looking forward to experiencing temperatures above zero this winter.

Something that God has placed on my heart and mind is the vastness of His love for His people. Our sinful nature will often want to place limits on love and forgiveness. However, God’s love knows no end and there will never be a shortage of His compassion for us. Romans 8:38-39 is one of the places in the Bible that beautifully captures the power of God’s love and happens to be one of my favorite Bible verses.