Our vision is to assist Christian congregations through vibrant senior ministries in America
At SPERO our motto is to inspire hope in every life we touch ™
The senior population is rapidly growing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans aged 65 or older represent 16 percent of the country’s total population. The number of those 65+ is expected to almost double by the year 2060. And, according to research from the Barna Group, more than 30% of these seniors do not know their Savior Jesus or have fallen away from the Christian faith.
Christian congregations throughout the country are recognizing a unique opportunity to provide senior care to this growing demographic. With seniors comprising a large portion of many congregations, churches that offer outreach strategies will not only serve the senior community but also strengthen the congregations themselves.
At SPERO Senior Ministries, our mission is to help Christian congregations develop outreach strategies to provide Christian-based senior care in their communities. We do this by helping churches develop, construct, and manage senior living communities for independent Christian seniors.
Our Organization and Leadership
The SPERO Senior Ministries team is uniquely qualified to build, develop, manage and provide services to Christian-based senior care communities. Our team has decades of leadership and development experience with a committed Christian theology.
Reverend Fredric Hinz, Chairman of the Board
Rev. Fred Hinz serves the Minnesota South District of LCMS as Assistant to the President. He also acts as the primary Public Policy Advocate for the district to Minnesota’s state government.
Fred is a graduate of Trinity Lutheran School (Waconia), Chicago State University, Luther Northwestern Seminary, and Concordia University, Nebraska. He has taught biological science at both the high school and college levels and for twenty years served as a parish pastor in St. James and Gaylord, Minnesota.
Matthew Burow, Board Member
Matthew Burow started Catalyst Construction in 2004, focusing on office, retail, religious, and education facilities. Matt brings extensive field experience to his project management abilities and is an expert at understanding all phases of the construction process.
A native of Wisconsin, Matt graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a B.S. in Construction Management. He is currently active as a construction mentor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, facilitates at Shepherd of the Hills church in Pewaukee, and is a member of ICSC and Associated General Contractors of America.
Reverend Dr. Larry Myers, Secretary of the Board
Reverend Larry Myers served as a pastor at Elm Grove Lutheran Church in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, for almost a decade. He was a professor at Concordia Seminary, Concordia University Texas, and Concordia University in St. Paul, and served as a theological consultant to the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) Department of World Missions.
Rev. Myers served as a chaplain in the United States Air Force and was a missionary in Korea. He is currently active in the Whitnall Park, Wisconsin, Rotary Club and the 128th Air Refueling Wing Community Council.
Philip C. Babler, Board Member
Philip Babler is a senior counsel and litigation lawyer at Foley & Lardner, LLP. His practice includes a wide range of commercial disputes in State and Federal courts. His antitrust experience includes private litigation, counseling, DOJ investigations, FTC litigation over a proposed merger, and Hart-Scott-Rodino filings. Mr. Babler has represented clients in a number of appellate matters and has argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit.
Mr. Babler earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School (J.D. , manga cum laude, 2011, where he was an editor and a member of the Marquette Law Review and student editor of the FDCC Quarterly.