Our Story

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.




You belong here

We believe in the power of fellowship

We intentionally seek to create welcoiming and inclusive relatonships with those who desire to grow in faith and build community.

We are a church beyond our walls

Jesus called us to go out and spread the word of God. We believe this is not done by being a country club with a cross. We are called and led by the Spirit to go out into the world to proclaim the good news of Christ Jesus, practice mercy and seek justice.

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 don't draw lines of separation; we prefer circles of inclusion.

We love worship and prayer

We believe that Jesus is at the center of everything we preach and practice. 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.


Get to know the Messiah staff

The ministry team at Messiah is made up of passionate people that care about those in and outside of the church walls. The staff here at Messiah want to lend support in helping those in need around us, and to assist in the deepening of our faith lives'. 

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! 


Pastor Erick Hill

Pastor Erick Hill is in his first call at Messiah Lutheran Church, and has a background in Psychology. He enjoys spending time with his wife Kim, daughter, Grace and son, Daniel. 

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!

Jonathan 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 technical sales rep and husband to Megan. Jonathan enjoys working with the Sonrise team and Tech team to produce a quality worship experience on Sunday mornings! 

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.