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 3rd Grade 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/
Tom’s hobbies include chess and football — and he is a fan of hot sauce 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, chess, cello, violin, and many other interests.
You may reach Pastor Chryst via email at: Pastor.Chryst@messiahkeller.org
Rev. Jeremy McDonald (vicar)
Pastor McDonald is a native of Memphis, TN who has just completed his second year of studies at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne. He served previously for over a decade in the Deacon Program of the LCMS Mid-South District primarily as a “circuit rider”- preaching for congregations in the West Tennessee area. After being ordained via SMP Colloquy in July of 2018, he enrolled at CTSFW in June of 2019 to obtain further education in order to serve full time in pastoral ministry after 25 years of prior employment as an insurance agent.
His wife of eleven years, Dana, a native Texan who grew up in eastern New Mexico, works as an analyst for United Healthcare. She enjoys posting photos and following friends and family on Facebook, along with photography and designing Shutterfly family albums and calendars of the McDonald children for their grandparents.
Jeremy’s interests and hobbies include military history, movies, and music—and sings and plays guitar, bass guitar, and some piano--classic rock in particular. A lifelong Miami Dolphins’ fan, he is cautiously optimistic about their upcoming season. He is also an avid NY Rangers hockey fan and follows Australia Wallabies Rugby Union team. He enjoys grilling and a wide variety of foods and coffees.
Pastor McDonald’s email is: Jeremy.McDonald@CTSFW.edu
Rev. Glenn Huebel, Messiah's Pastor Emeritus, retired June 23, 2019. He is the founding pastor of Messiah and served faithfully for 38 years.