Messiah's History


April 4: Rev. Frederic J. Teichmann comes to Greece to establish mission church
June 9: First service held at American Legion Hall, Dorsey Road


Spring: Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church buys land for parsonage and church
Sept.: Chapel built on land north of present church, on Mt. Read Blvd.

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


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.


Feb. 28: Rev. Mugavero installed as pastor


July: Contract signed for designs of second unit
Nov.: Fund drive started for present sanctuary and building


Sept.: Ground breaking for current structure


Feb. 16: Dedication of new building


Spring: Rev. Mugavero resigned to become pastor of Holy Trinity, Staten Island; Rev. James L. Dugan called as pastor
Sept. 16: Rev. Dugan installed

Spring: Intern program (3rd yr seminary student) approved by congregation
Summer: Robert Fatzinger becomes first intern


Jan.: Capital program approved to update and improve current building
Summer: Congregation approves Pastoral Assistant program
Fall: Rev. John Califano named Pastoral Assistant


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


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


Feb.: Mortgage burning ceremony for current sanctuary


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


August: Ethel Edwards becomes Parish Assistant


April: Rev. Dugan leaves to become pastor at St. Paul, Savannah, GA
June: Rev. Robert Busch is called as Intentional Interim Pastor


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


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


August: Altar redone


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


August: Rev Katherine "Kit" Neel is called as Associate Pastor
August: Rev. Barbour leaves to join staff of Advent Lutheran Church, Boca Raton, Fla.


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 accessible from the main entrance.
September: Rev. Aileen Robbins is called as Senior Pastor.


In January 2008, two of our members visited Biloxi and joined hundreds of volunteers in a week long work effort following Hurricane Katrina.


In March 2009 Messiah in cooperation with 4 other churches successfully sponsored a single house in Gulfport Mississippi both finacially and with a month long parade of work crews. the link below photographically depicts the experience.

Pastor Kit leaves to…

 Pastor Aileen is called to also serve as Interim Pastor at Lutheran Church of Concord.  There are a 9:00 AM service at Concord and an 11:00 AM service at Messiah.


January 30: A backup of sewage causes closure of the lower level for 3 months.  Our insurance covered most of the costs.  We had an opportunity to make some important upgrades to the kitchen.  The lower level opened May 5.

September 14: Concord holds its Service of Holy Closure.  We began regular worship together on September 16.

November 1: Merger of Concord and Messiah was officially approved by the state.

December 1: Pastor Hans Irmer becomes Pastoral Associate