Messiah's History

Beginnings

 1957

April 4: Rev. Frederic J. Teichmann comes to Greece to establish mission church

June 9: First service held at American Legion Hall, Dorsey Road

1958

       Spring: Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church buys land for parsonage and church

Sept.: Chapel built on land north of present church, on Mt. Read Blvd.

 

1960's - 1970's

1961

Sept.: Fund drive started for first church building at corner of Mt Read/ English Rd

1962

Nov.: Rev. Teichmann leaves to lead church in Long Island

Dec.: Rev. Thomas F. Mugavero called as pastor of Messiah; Ground broken for first unit of present church.

1963

Feb. 28: Rev. Mugavero installed as pastor

1966

July: Contract signed for designs of second unit

Nov.: Fund drive started for present sanctuary and building

1967

Sept.: Ground breaking for current structure

1969

Feb. 16: Dedication of new building

1979

Spring: Rev. Mugavero resigned to become pastor of Holy Trinity, Staten Island; Rev. James L. Dugan called as pastor

Sept. 16: Rev. Dugan installed

 

1980's - 1990's

1983

Spring: Intern program (3rd yr seminary student) approved by congregation

Summer: Robert Fatzinger becomes first intern

1986

Jan.: Capital program approved to update and improve current building

Summer: Congregation approves Pastoral Assistant program

Fall: Rev. John Califano named Pastoral Assistant

1987

Spring: Capital improvements completed (enlarged narthex, more offices, accessibility)

1988

Spring: Congregation approves Assistant Pastor

Spring: Rev. Ghislaine Cotnoir becomes first Assistant Pastor of Messiah

1989

Feb.: Mortgage burning ceremony for current sanctuary

1992

Fall: Rev. Cotnoir leaves to become Chaplain at Rochester General Hospital

1993

August: Ethel Edwards becomes Parish Assistant

1998

April: Rev. Dugan leaves to become pastor at St. Paul, Savannah, GA

June: Rev. Robert Busch is called as Intentional Interim Pastor

1999

August: Rev. Dr. Richard B. Barbour is called as Senior Pastor of Messiah

2000

June: Rev. Justin Johnson is called to be the Family and Youth Pastor of Messiah

 Recent

2002

August: Altar redone

2004

August: Pastor Johnson leaves to become Pastor of St, Timothy Lutheran Church, Geneseo

 2006

August: Rev Katherine "Kit" Neel is called as Associate Pastor

August: Rev. Barbour leaves to join staff of Advent Lutheran Church, Boca Raton, Fla

2007

A major renovation of the narthex and office area was completed.  With the addition of an elevator, the balcony is now the only area of the building not fully accesable from the main entrance.

September: Rev. Aileen Robbins is called as Senior Pastor