Glen A. Sea was born central Illinois and educated in the Midwest. In 1970 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, majoring in classical Greek and Latin. In 1970 he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Christ Seminary/Seminex in Saint Louis, with a major in historical theology. He was ordained in 1974.
Prior to coming to Hope in January 2001, Pastor Sea served congregations in Georgia, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Maryland. In addition to parish ministry, Pastor Sea has served on the council of the Metropolitan Washington, DC Synod and of several community ministries in the cities where he has lived.
His hobbies are reading, travel, and enjoying time in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where he has a second home.
Minister of Music
John Knapp was born in Washington, D.C. He has been associated with The American Guild of Organists since his student years in the 1960’s and served on the Executive Board for six years. He received his degree in Music Education from the American University, where he studied organ with Philip Steinhaus, former Director of Music at the Church of the Advent in Boston. John has performed with the Washington Cathedral Choral Society under the direction of J. Reilly Lewis, and at the Kennedy Center as organist for the Handel Festival Orchestra and the Washington Chamber Symphony under the direction of Steven Simon. John has served as Minister of Music at Hope Lutheran Church from 1996 to the present.
Director of Handbell Choirs
Carol Smiley was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. She has been an organist since High School and worked with a Cantor for 5 years in Germany. She has been working with Handbell Choirs for over 13 years and recently was the Metro DC Chair for the American Guild of Handbell Ringers and was the Chair for the Area III Handbell Festival in Richmond VA in April. Carol came to Hope from King of Kings Lutheran Church in Fairfax, VA, where she instituted a handbell choir and directed it for 13 years before retiring in 2011.