Messiah Lutheran Church -- Charlotte, NC
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8300 Providence Rd. just south of the Arboretum and Hwy 51 (Pineville-Matthews Rd).† Map.

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On February 20, 1980, Messiah Lutheran Church officially became a Body of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit as 78 people signed its charter document.† Those people made a covenant together to, as stated in their own words, "...commit ourselves, with the help of God, to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people... lead meaningful lives as God's people by living harmoniously with others in our community.† As evidence of our commitment, we pledge our support and active participation in furthering God's ministry in our community and the world.† With the help of the Holy Sprit, we will express through our church and lives our love and faith in Jesus Christ our Lord."† Each person, who has joined Messiah since that time has become a part of that legacy, and has allied themselves to that commitment.

In 1984 Messiah finished construction of the initial building phase (Fellowship Hall, offices and education wing) after worshiping in Charlotte Latin School for 5 years.† Attendance had grown to over 170 worshippers and the music ministry had grown to the point of hiring Cathy Castanet as Music Minister.† Our Preschool began in 1987 under Joan Dietrick and quickly became and remains a successful and sought after school for children in the community.† Mary Teten has been the Preschool Director since 1989.

Our facilities growth continued in 1995 with an expansion to the Fellowship Hall and addition of a Modular classroom unit.† In 1999, construction plans began for the sanctuary and it was completed in time for Christmas services in 2003.†

Messiah has been blessed in pastoral leadership since its birth.† Rev. Robert Torgler was the first called Pastor in 1981 and remained until his retirement in 1991.† Rev. Tim Baldinger took over as our shepherd in 1992.† His personal sermon style and vision for Messiah's ministry have been key in our growth as individuals and a church body.

Messiah has worked to set goals and visions for the coming years.† In 1999, Education and Christian Discipleship was expanded with the addition of Jodene Baker as DCE.† In 2006, our vision moved to enhance our Family Life and Youth areas with full-time called worker, Paula Weiss.† Music remains an active part of Messiah's worship under the leadership of Donna Peterson as our Minister of Music.† Many members share their talents in various musical ways and we are blessed regularly by them and our Praise Band, Promise.† Missions have been an ongoing part of our financial ministry plan as well as members personal participation at many levels and with various organizations and countries.

By the grace of God, the family of Messiah strives to be in God's will:† making disciples of all nations.† Our vision statement encapsulates our calling as we want others to LOOK UP with us and receive the fullness of God's grace.† We want to see others working with us as we LOOK AROUND for encouragement and support.† And we need others to LOOK OUTWARD with us to feel compassion for those who are still "sitting in darkness".

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Sample ImagePastor Steve was born and raised in Oregon. After graduating from Willamette University with degrees in German and International Studies, he worked in various vocations that taught him how to work in teams with diverse people.As a project manager in the computer tech industry in the 90ís, he began to feel Godís call to become a pastor. In 2003, he took a huge leap of faith, selling his business and two homes to drive to Saint Louis for the first time and begin Seminary training.



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