After several years of planning, and a recommendation by members of the B.A.L.L. Committee (Bethel, Aeneas, Lands, Lincoln congregations), plans were made which led to the merger of Bethel, Lands, and Aeneas.
On August 5, 1987, a group of interested members from Bethel, Lands and Aeneas churches met to select a steering committee. This group organized itself into a Site Committee, Name & Incorporation Committee, Constitution and ByLaw committee and a Finance Committee. Various other committees were developed later. On August 26, 1987, an organizational meeting was held with over 1/3 of the active membership from the three congregations present. The name "Messiah" was chosen and the constitution was adopted.