Rev. Tom Chryst was installed at Messiah on May 17, 2015. Pastor Chryst was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and is a graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and Concordia College-New York, where he met his wife Brenda (nee Miert).
Brenda, from Greenwich, Connecticut, has a degree in Social Work from Concordia College-New York and M. Ed. from Concordia University, Portland, Oregon. She currently teaches Upper Grades at Messiah Lutheran Classical Academy.
Pastor Chryst was Associate Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, Racine, Wisconsin for 13 years. He then served as LCMS Missionary to Singapore, where he planted the first LCMS congregation there. After many frustrations in getting a permanent visa, Pastor Chryst was reassigned briefly to LCMS Domestic Missions before accepting the call to Messiah. He also maintains a blog at: http://preachrblog.blogspot.com/
His hobbies include chess and football — and he is a fan of hot sauce, J.R.R. Tolkein and the Green Bay Packers. Brenda enjoys cooking, jewelry-making, and making the most of her time with their three daughters. Apart from their schoolwork they keep busy with swimming, archery, art, chess, cello, violin, and many other interests.
You may reach Pastor Chryst via email at: Pastor.Chryst@messiahkeller.org
Vicar Patrick Randolph
Vicar Randolph was born in northwest Ohio to an appliance repairman and a family business. He was interested in being a pastor from a young age, originally attending the Moody Bible Institute to get a BA in Pastoral Ministry. While attending, he discovered the Lutheran confession of faith, the Book of Concord, and joined an LCMS church. Since then, he has directed himself to study to become a Lutheran pastor in this church body through the seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. He is the Vicar at Messiah for the 2022-2023 year to continue that study and serve under Pastor Chryst.
Rev. Glenn Huebel, Messiah's Pastor Emeritus, retired June 23, 2019. He is the founding pastor of Messiah and served faithfully for 38 years.