Messiah Lutheran Church, ELCA

Our Story 

In the mid ‘50’s some Lutherans settling in Ralston decided the town needed a Lutheran Church. So on February 12, 1956 Messiah Lutheran Church was chartered. In the beginning they met in a school, bought and converted a house into a worship place, and then in 1960 built the first building on our current site (what is now the education wing). As the congregation continued to grow, in 1967 our worship center was added, and in 1980 the fellowship hall and classrooms below completed what is the current facility. In 2008 a major remodeling of the worship center was completed. Through it all, the people of Messiah were guided and inspired by God’s Spirit blowing through their caring, outreach, worship and learning. We continue to believe that is our driving force.




We are united through Christ

What Lutherans Believe...


  • Lutherans believe in the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
  • Lutherans confess God as Almighty Father, creator of all things.
  • Lutherans confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Good News of Jesus Christ is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, human beings are reconciled to God.
  • Lutherans believe the Holy Spirit calls, gathers, enlightens, sanctifies, and keeps the whole Christian church on earth. The Holy Spirit is God’s presence among us as advocate and guide. 
  • Lutherans believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ. The Bible is the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of the church's proclamation, faith, and life.
  • Lutherans believe all human beings are born in sin and cannot live the life God intends for us on our own. We believe we are justified by grace through faith on account of Christ. Faith is a gift of God.
  • Lutherans understand that God comes to us through the Means of Grace, the Word of God and the Sacraments of Baptism and Communion. Through them, God helps us understand and receive the benefits of a relationship with Him.


We are here for you

We preach grace not guilt

We believe that Jesus extends grace to everyone and that we should follow in his steps. Who are we to pass judgment and not extend grace, when we ourselves have sinned?  We believe we should love the sinner, not banish them.

We love to worship and pray

We believe that Jesus is central to everything. We believe that prayer is a direct line to God, and that we should speak to Him every chance we get. Worship is our chance to praise God and we take joy in doing so.

We believe in the power of fellowship

We are called to join in fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We believe that reaching out to the lost and engaging with them will strengthen our bond with each other through God.

We are a church without walls

Jesus called us to go out and spread the word of God. We believe that this is not done enough. We make it a priority to go outside of the church walls to reach the lost and broken. We hope that you will join us in doing so.


Come as you are

We want you to come just as you are. When you walk through our doors you may see people in suits and ties, but you will also see people in jeans and t-shirts. We want to make sure when you visit you are comfortable and that is all that matters to us. As long you are come through our doors, we want to make sure you feel loved and welcomed. If you ever need anything, always feel free to connect with us. We love to hear from our new visitors. 


Get to know the Messiah staff

Our Ministry Council

Elaine Chapin--President 

Stephanie Cutler--Vice-President

Kylene Abraham-- Secretary 

Kurt Garst 

Bruce Gilles

Dorothy Lange 

Skyler Brouwer

Martin Malley--Treasurer

Randy Fox--Financial Secretary 


If you'd like to reach out to our Ministry Council, please contact them, here! 


Erin Judy

Erin directs Faith Formation.  A member since childhood, she is deeply rooted in the Messiah Family culture and has a smile that will light up the room. Erin loves spending time with her husband and son, Lane. 

Jean Menard

Jean "makes it all happen" in the church office.  She is the energy behind the newsletters, the slides on the screen in worship, pays the bills, and answers the constantly ringing phone.  She and her family are long-time members. She loves spending time with her grandchildren, Issac and Ella!

Ron Alkire

Ron is the custodian of our building, and is dedicated to making the facility warm and welcoming to everyone who walks through the doors.

Johnathan Berger

Jonathan is our contemporary worship leader! A long-time member, Jonathan found his niche in the church's music and technology early on. By day, he is a product manager and husband to Megan. Jonathan enjoys working with the Sonrise team and Tech team to produce a quality worship experience on Sunday mornings! 

Deacon Sue Simmons

Deacon Sue Simmons plays the organ at 8:30am worship, and directs the choir in special music.  She enjoys spending time with her husband John, and dogs! Sue is also a chaplin serving at Papillion Manor and Tabitha Hospise.