:: OUR ELDERS
> Janet & Richard Kaiser
Janet and I are blessed with three married children from previous
marriages. Janet’s son, Curt, lives locally with his wife
Andrea and three preschool grandchildren. My two daughters are
Erica, a medical doctor in Michigan, and Rachel, a swim instructor
in Providence, RI. Janet was born and raised in Southeastern Massachusetts,
living almost all of her adult life here on Cape Cod. A Cape Cod
Community College graduate from the nursing program, Janet has
spent her career caring for the elderly and for severely disabled
children. She came to the Lord while serving as a Sunday School
teacher at a local church, and, immediately following her conversion,
attended the 1980 march in Washington D.C. called, Washington
for Jesus. Many well-known evangelists and nearly one million
believers gathered on The Mall to pray for the nation. It was
a memorable beginning to a walk of faith in Jesus.
I grew up in Milltown and New Brunswick, New Jersey, and earned
a BSEE Degree at Lehigh University and I continue to work as a
Senior Systems Engineer for computer products. Janet and I met
on a backpacking hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Several years later we married and moved to Nashua, NH, where,
with the prayers of Janet and prompting of The Holy Spirit, I
found the Lord at Grace Fellowship Church. With employment changes
later that year we returned to Cape Cod.
After attending a Baptist Church for the excellent bible teachings
we finally found our church home, Living Hope Family Church with
its excellent teachings and the power of the Holy Spirit. Praise
God! We joined in 1998 and served in the Housekeeping Ministry
and were asked by Pastor Mike Petzer to serve as Deacons. In 2002,
Pastor Darryl asked us to serve as Elders and we continued our
support of the ministries of Prayer, Housekeeping, Hospitality,
Alpha Groups, and Life Groups. We thoroughly enjoy opening our
home for God’s work and look ahead to the vision God has
for us as we serve him at Living Hope.
> Mike Tirrell
It was not all that long ago that I was firmly and happily
entrenched in a mainline denomination. Life was going along
smoothly; I had a good job as a professor at Stonehill College,
a wife, two young children and two cats. Sure, we had faced
a few curve balls such as heart arrhythmias in the children and
financial setbacks but things were fine. I had settled into a
routine that met my needs nicely. It went something like:
• Monday thru Friday: 8am - 5pm Work; 8pm - 11pm TV
• Saturday: 9am - 12pm Grade papers; 12pm - 5pm Household chores;
8pm - 11pm TV
• Sunday: 10am - 11am Church; 1pm - 7pm TV Sports (e.g.
Football); 8pm - 11pm TV
It doesn't take a psychologist to see that my life was out of
balance but I, the psychologist, couldn't see that. I had prayed
the Sinners Prayer and accepted Jesus as the Lord of my life when
I was a college freshman (1971), but I put all that "God
stuff" on the back burner of my life. I met the requirement
of weekly attendance and a couple of dollars in the basket but
that was about it.
Even some difficult religious personal history couldn’t
keep me turned off to God, though, and I became a member of the
Parish Council, and then a Eucharistic Minister and took on even
more church responsibilities. All that activity still did not
bring me to a better understanding of the Lord.
In 1991, the Lord touched me at a Bible Study my wife took me to.
There was no lightning bolt or rushing wind. He touched
me in the only way that a college professor can be touched - through
the intellect. The message was on the difference between
godly wisdom and human wisdom. All night long, just as I
raised an objection in my mind to what the speaker was saying,
he would address the objection. All my arguments were supernaturally
shot down! At the end of the meeting, I went forward for
When Pastor Mike, Living Hope’s founder, decided to open a
church on the Cape, I agreed to go visit one of his first services.
I knew the 65 mile trek each way would really be difficult but I
could do it once! I’d heard him preach at a Bible Study and
I had enjoyed the message immensely so I thought it would be worth
it. Since that date almost 10 years ago, I have made the 65
mile trek about 500 times. By my calculations, that means
I have traveled 65,000 miles going to and from church*. What
I once thought I could never do, I find has become time with the
Lord that I treasure. Were it not for the grace of God and
my wife’s support, I would have missed out on this incredible
Since 1991, my walk with the Lord has continued to deepen and
strengthen. Some of the outward changes? I greatly diminished
my TV time; I am more sensitive to family needs, and I relish
praise and worship and hearing the Gospel like I never imagined.
The Lord continues to shape me into the person He would like me
to be. Praise God!
* To put this in perspective, if you travel 5 miles each
way to church on Sunday and Wednesday, you will have to do that
every week for 65 years to equal this amount.
> Charlie Markarian
I’m a Massachusetts native; I grew up in Worcester and
migrated south to the Cape in 1976. I never imagined growing up
that I’d ever be a Elder in a church (I became one at Living
Hope in 2004). I never imagined that I’d really be doing
anything in relationship to God at all.
Growing up, my parents were great caretakers. They provided for
my every need -- food, shelter, clothing and medical care were
all well done. I didn’t know much about God, although we
attended the Armenian Church. But something was very wrong; I
did not understand what it was, and no one talked about it. It
was a general condition I internalized, of fear, loneliness, emptiness,
anxiety and unworthiness.
It stayed with me into adulthood and was partly the cause of
my problems with drinking and relationships which brought me to
divorce twice within a fifteen-year span. My second divorce, which
tore me away from my wife and two children, devastated me in pain
and brokenness. In that brokenness I met God.
Everything in my life changed when I had a personal experience with
God and came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior eight years ago.
I’m a business owner, our family business has been plumbing
and heating for nearly 50 years. While I expend a lot of time and
energy to be a good steward over my work and exceed my customers’
expectations, the real joy in my journey these days is in my time
spent with the Lord, and doing my Father’s business.
I facilitate the Christian Recovery Group which has weekly support
fellowship meetings in Hyannis and we also sponsor the Alpha Course,
which runs in Fall/Winter and Spring, also
in Hyannis. I am always ready to help the newcomer who is struggling.
I believe that the visitor, the one who crosses the sanctuary
threshold for the first time ever, is the most important person
in the Church. That's the person I'm driven to help, and if there
is anything I can do to help someone find their way to an abiding
relationship with Jesus, that's where I'll be, and that's what
I'll be doing.