Rev. Dr. Victor J. Kollmann: Senior Pastor
“I am delighted that you are here to learn more about this Spirit-filled church, which we affectionately call Messiah Lutheran Church. We are here to meet your spiritual needs by helping you to grow in the joy of getting to know your Lord personally, living with Him here on this earth, and by offering you opportunities for Christian fun and fellowship. I pray that you will find God leading you to become an active part of this congregation and to become part of a church that continually strives to make a difference for Christ in this world. May God richly bless you!“
Pastor was raised in Collinsville, Illinois, just outside of St. Louis. His father is also a pastor, now retired. He has three brothers and one sister. He attended college at St. Paul’s College in Concordia, Missouri, Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Indiana and graduated from Concordia Teacher’s College in Seward, Nebraska. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri in 1981 with a Master of Divinity degree. Since then he has earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California, in Church Leadership and Church Growth. He started a mission congregation in Searcy, Arkansas, from 1981-87. He then took a call to be the Assistant Pastor at a 4000+ member congregation at Concordia, San Antonio, Texas until 1992, when he came here. Pastor is married to Angela (they were married in 1978), who is a retired AP and Honors Biology Teacher at Wakeland High School in Frisco. They have three adult children: Jonathan, Kristen, and Jaclyn, and a grandson, Jackson.
Pastor Otte: Part-Time Associate Pastor
(At Messiah since January 2001)
Pastor Welmer: Full-Time Associate Pastor
(At Messiah since July 2012)
Pastor Welmer was born in Shreveport, LA on March 17th, 1983. He is the son of Rev. Michael F. Welmer and Jill Welmer. Pastor Welmer moved to New Orleans, LA in 1987 as his father was called to be Pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church and School. There he attended St. John’s Lutheran School until 1995 when his father was then called to Epiphany Lutheran Church and School in Houston, TX. His parents currently still reside there along with his younger brother Patrick. In 2005, Pastor Welmer graduated from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX, and a few years later enrolled at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana graduating there in May of 2012.
Ellen Thorne: Director of Celebrations
Ellen is a graduate of Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. She works with welcome ministries and new members, making sure that everyone feels at home when they become a part of the Messiah family. She organizes special events at Messiah and enjoys the creative part of her job in putting together brochures, flyers, etc. She also is in charge of planning worship and assists our Minister of Music. She married Chuck In 1997.
Dorothy Sherrod: Minister of Music
(Member since 1995 and on staff since February 2001)
Kathy Mardis: Pastors’ Secretary
(At Messiah since 1995; member since October 2004)
(Member since 1997 and on staff since March 2003)
He keeps very busy as he coordinates all of our property for both the Lambs’ and the Church. He is the one you talk to about setting up for special events. Don is married to Kim and they have two sons (Brandon and Douglas), one grandson (Mason), and one granddaughter (Lexi). Don is always on the move as he works to keep Messiah looking beautiful. After one visit you’ll see the evidence of his passion for this work.
Amy Plenger: Director of Children’s Ministries
Amy oversees our children’s ministries, including Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Christmas Pageant, and Nursery. She graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the Univ. of LA), and later the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is married to Nick (Pastor Kollmann’s 1st wedding at Messiah), and has 2 daughters, and 1 son—all baptized at Messiah.
(DCE Intern 2010; On staff since June 2011)
Elizabeth Ledford attended Concordia University Texas in Austin and graduated Summa Cum Laude as a Director of Christian Education in 2010. A few years ago she decided she simply had too much free time, so she is back in school at the University of North Texas, working toward a Masters in Counseling. She is passionate about helping adolescents realize their full potential and their inherent worth as children of God. She is thankful for her youth group, her family, her friends, Netflix, and Mexican food. If you would like to chat with Elizabeth, she would love to talk to you! Call her, email her, friend request her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter (@Lizledfoot)!
Matthew Lee: Associate Director of Christian Education (DCE) for Youth, Music, and Technology (Media) Ministries
(DCE Intern 2011; On staff since June 2012)
Matthew Lee was born and raised in Houston, TX and graduated in 2011 from Concordia University Texas in Austin as a Director of Christian Education with a specialization in Theology. Matt serves as the Associate DCE for Youth, Music, and Technology (Media), and has a passion for Middle School Ministry, contemporary worship, playing guitar, and incorporating media into worship. Matt is married to Erin, and has two children, Aaron and Elizabeth.
Rebekah Myer: Director of Sports and Recreation
(Member since 2008 and on staff since July 2014)
Rebekah was born in Illinois, but raised in Saginaw, MI. She graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2005 as a certified Lutheran school educator, with a major in Physical Education and minors in Biology and Coaching. At Messiah, she stays busy as the Director of Sports and Recreation overseeing and organizing activities in the gymnasium. Also, she serves as Messiah’s wedding coordinator. She has been married to her husband, Douglas, since 2005.
Amy Myers: Director of Messiah Lambs
Amy is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, graduated from Iowa State University, and also holds an Early Childhood Certificate of Christian Teaching from Concordia University. Amy taught at the Lambs for 15 years before becoming the director. Now she leads the caring staff of our Lambs and oversees the daily operations of the school. You may contact her at the Lambs’ office Monday through Friday. She is happy to show you the school and its wonderful program.
Kim Johnson: Administrative Assistant
Kim joined our staff in January of 2016, and manages our membership database, as well as assisting the Financial secretary with offerings. She is married to Don Johnson, our Property supervisor, and they have two sons (Brandon and Douglas), one grandson (Mason), and one granddaughter (Lexi).