Our Church

Organized  as a mission church of the American Lutheran Church in 1986, Messiah is centrally located to serve several southern New Hampshire communities. Members are primarily from Amherst, Milford, Merrimack, Mont Vernon, Hollis, Bedford and New Boston.

Our first sanctuary was completed with a Service of Dedication held November 17, 2002. Worship Services, Sunday School and church offices are now all located at 303 Hwy 101.

Meet Our Pastor

Pastor Karl Hester has been serving as pastor at Messiah since March 2019. He came to faith as a college student, was baptized when he was 20 and taught high school science for 7 years before attending seminary at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, MN.  Karl grew up in Wisconsin which helps explain his connection with the Green Bay Packers.

Pastor Karl has served parishes in South Dakota, Illinois and Oregon before arriving here in New Hampshire. He is married to Pastor Kimberly Hester since 2012 (who serves at Christ the King in Nashua, www.ctknashua.org). Karl has three sons: Nicholas, Caleb and Kai. Karl is grandfather to Violet (daughter of Nicholas and Jordan).

Karl loves the vocation of pastoral ministry. It is an honor and a privilege to be with people through word and sacrament, to accompany them in weddings, funerals, mission trips, discernment processes, discipleship and fellowship. There is great wisdom and encouragement to be had for Karl in the words of Saint Paul to the saints at Philippi:

I thank my God every time I remember you,constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:3-6, NRSV

Karl loves the avocations of cheering on the aforementioned Green Bay Packers, word games, crosswords and drinking in movies (currently touring through AFI top 100 movies of all time lists). He has dabbled in wrangling and breeding African Pygmy hedgehogs in the past. He enjoys the work of “The Liturgists” podcast. He would love to get to know you and can easily be persuaded to meet you for a cup of coffee (or whatever) and some conversation.