In 1987, a group of faithful families from Zion Lutheran Church in Harvester, MO began a journey. Recognizing the rapid population growth in the area, these pioneers had a vision for another Lutheran church and school serving the needs of western St. Charles County. Messiah’s first pastor, Rev. Dennis Liebich, was called to serve as a mission planter in 1987. Within a year, 23 families (65 people) joined to form Messiah Lutheran Church. The new mission congregation worshiped in the Knights of Columbus Hall in Cottleville in the building that is now Mannino’s. Increased attendance prompted a move to worship at Francis Howell Middle School and eventually the current sanctuary and church offices were built in 1994.
Messiah’s property was nothing but a field with an old house! When I look back, I think how God was really doing things here. All those people who started worshiping at the Knights of Columbus Hall, and then they even outgrew that! It’s an amazing story to tell.
To keep up with continued growth, Messiah called additional pastors over the years, including current pastor Rev. Chuck Schlie. New families joined the journey by partnering in ministry and expanding the campus. As we built additional buildings, they quickly filled with people seeking a place to grow in faith and service.
We are so grateful for the legacy of those who started Messiah’s journey and for those who joined in throughout the years. They looked beyond themselves and saw the potential for God to make a difference in thousands of lives through Messiah Lutheran Church.