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.

Becky Meyer

Office and Financial Secretary

As the church secretary, I juggle many responsibilities, most of which include managing records, schedules, mail and newsletter, and all financial documents. I'll spare you the details as many would find them boring, but I enjoy doing it, especially getting to work with the amazing people of Messiah for over 23 years. I've lived in the Hoffman area for about 45 years and am blessed to have 3 children and 5 grandchildren living close by. Outside of work I enjoy playing with grand-kids, scrap-booking, reading, and working outdoors. 

Camilla Bjorklund

Worship Minister

I graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2016 and immediately began working here at Messiah. God has given me another family in this church and so many wonderful opportunities to explore what it means to worship God, and to be able to take others along with me on my journey. I lead the praise band every Sunday and the choir Oct-April. If you or anybody you know is interested in using your musical gifts to praise God and to grow in your understanding of what that means, call or teme at (320) 808-1038 and I would love to talk. There's always room for more worshipers at Messiah.

Church Council

  • Jim Hanson

    Council member

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  • Jared Frykman

    Council member

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  • Marisa Sabolik

    President Co-chair

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  • Duane Samuelson

    President Co-chair


  • Jen Hermes

    Council member

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  • Jacki Anderson

    council member

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  • Curt Stark

    secretary

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