our pastors

These are the men who serve and have served the people of Messiah.

  • Pastor Nils Niemeier

    Reverend Nils Niemeier graduated from the Master of Divinity program at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis on May 15th, 2020.  He grew up in Northern Virginia and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies as an Oldham Scholar at the University of Richmond.  In August 2015, he completed his Master of Arts degree in Classics at Cornell University with a concentration in Roman Archaeology.

    Prior to being called to Messiah, Pastor Niemeier served as a vicar at Living Savior Lutheran Church in Fairfax Station, Virginia. He was ordained and installed as pastor at Messiah on August 16, 2020.

    Email Contact: pastorn@messiahny.org

    Sermon Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/1tIETlUdSVUH425GdvPTiW

    Sermon Archive: Pastor Niemeier archives his sermons on his website, www.meditationessacrae.com, so please take a look!  He appreciates your reactions and feedback.

Retired Pastors

Reverend Charles Bell

Pastor Bell served Messiah from 1997 until his retirement in 2018.

Pastoral Assistant - Reverend Alfred Hofler

Pastor Hofler served Messiah from 1977 to his retirement in 2018.

Reverend Henry Koepchen Cross - Founding Pastor

Pastor Koepchen received his AA from Concordia Junior College Bronxville, N.Y. and his BA from Concordia Seminary St. Louis from which he also received his M.Div. He served his vicarage in Wisconsin. He then became a missionary to Long Island, for the Atlantic District where, in 1957, he started a small congregation that is now the Messiah family. In 1966 he laid the cornerstone of the present church building. During his years in the ministry he also served the church-at-large as the Secretary and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LC-MS), as well as acting President of the Atlantic District. In 1996 he retired from the parish ministry, and continued to serve his Lord as a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic District.

Pastor Koepchen passed away on April 12, 2021 at the age of 89.