Get to know us

All of us at Messiah would be thrilled to talk to you. If you see us around, come say hi! And be sure to let us know if we can help you with anything, from answering questions, to getting things done to praying for you. Our passion is for building up the Church of Christ. 

Mark Mathews

Pastor

I've been the pastor at Messiah since September 17, 2017. I was baptized in a Methodist church in Staples and I grew up in Brainerd, MN at Bethlehem Lutheran. I graduated from Hamline University with a degree in psychology/religion in 1985 and I attended Luther Seminary as a United Methodist student. I received my first call in Southern Minnesota on the border of Iowa, but I unfortunately developed a public speaking phobia and left the ministry for many years. In 2007 I was sponsored by my home congregation, Resurrection Lutheran in St. Joseph, to enter the ordained ministry in the ELCA. After a year internship at First Lutheran in Staples under Pastor Steve Sveom, I received my first call to Bethel Lutheran in Greenbush, MN by the northern border of Canada. In the eight years I was "up North" I also served Faith Lutheran church outside of Badger and First Lutheran Middle River. My interests are missions/outreach, studying Scripture/theology and prayer. Some of my hobbies are following Major League Baseball, working out, and watching movies.


I'm married to Rebecca (Reba) Mathews and have three sons--Johnathon (19), Parker (12) and Chase (8). We live in Barrett and really enjoy the area. If you need to contact me, my cell phone number is (218) 851-3153. I look forward to partnering in ministry with Messiah Lutheran in Hoffman.

Wanda Hohler

Communication Coordinator/

Administrative Assistant

Hello and welcome to Messiah Lutheran Church. Here is a little information about me: I am married, have five children; Taylor (24), Austin (23), Logan (21), Jada (18), and Jenna (15), two cats and two dogs. My passions are reading, learning, growing and sharing the Word of God. I enjoy nature and being outdoors as well as spending time with family and friends. 



Jeremiah Miller

Youth Director

Hello, I was born and lived in Liberia until I was 12. Moved to the U.S when I was in the 8th grade. Attended high school, college and grad school in New York. Got my teaching credential, married a Minnesota native. Brianna and I moved to West Virginia for four years. We moved back to Minnesota in 2017 and since have a wonderful almost 3 year old, Josiah Amos. I currently teach middle school science in Ashby. Looking forward to the opportunity to work with kids in the Hoffman area. Living and raising a family in rural country is the absolute best way to go.

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