About us


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.


We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and also part of the New England Synod.

We worship weekly at 9:30 am.  Communion is a regular part of our worship services and all who wish to come to the communion table are welcomed.  We vary our worship service but work mainly from the hymnal Evangelical Lutheran Worship (aka the cranberry hymnal) and the 1991 Hymnal Supplement.  We have accompaniment that includes keyboard, guitars, drums, ukuleles and brass in various configurations from week to week.  Children are welcome in worship and we have a nursery space available to children and parents as well.

We believe in a gracious God who loves us and the entire world.  This God comes to us in Word (Bible) and Sacrament (Baptism and Holy Communion).  We come together to INVITE, CARE, GROW and SHARE with people the goodness of our God and the saving message of the gospel.  We strive to be an open and faithful community.  You are welcome to come and be with us however you come:  whatever your questions, whatever the condition of your beliefs, however you are dressed, whatever you have done or left undone.  If you are looking for a place to belong you just may have found it here at Messiah.

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Our Staff

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Karl Hester


Karl began serving as pastor here at Messiah in March of 2019.  He and his wife Kim (who is also a pastor serving at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Nashua) relocated from Oregon.  Karl and Kim were married on Martin Luther's birthday in 2012.  They have a son named Kai who timeshares between the two congregations.  Karl has two sons from a previous marriage as well, Caleb and Nick.  Nick is married to Jordan and they have a daughter Violet.  Karl is an avid cinephile (lover of movies), enjoys word games and puzzles and has a significant portion of his life populated by African Pygmy hedgehogs.

If you would like to connect with Karl you can reach him by text/voice at 503.953.5164, by e-mail at pastormessiahnh@gmail.com or on social media using the icons below.

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Joanne Theil
Administrative Assistant


Joanne has been the administrative assistant at Messiah since 2003 and a member since 1992. Before Messiah she grew up on Long Island, NY and was a member of Faith Lutheran in Syosset, NY.


She has been married to her husband Ray for over 37 years. They have three sons, Raymond, Ryan and Greg. Their son Ryan is married to Samantha and have two sons Darren and Bennett. Their son Raymond is married to Krystal. Joanne enjoys playing golf, playing  with her grandsons and taking long walks outside.

If you would like to contact Joanne you can call the office at 603.673.2011 or by email at messiahnh@comcast.net

Linnea Micciulla
music director


Linnea Micciulla is delighted to have been the Music Director at Messiah since July 2010, after serving previously at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Manchester, NH and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Nashua, NH.  She currently lives in Nashua, NH with her husband, Michael.


She is a life-long Lutheran, having grown up at King of Kings Lutheran Church in New Windsor, NY. She has enjoyed directing both adult and children’s choirs, as well as bell choirs, and she currently leads the Messiah Choir and the Faith, Hope, and Love Band at Messiah, which includes several ukulele players. Linnea loves composing and arranging both instrumental and choral music whenever she can find the time! In addition to her music ministry at Messiah, Linnea has worked as a Certified Music Practitioner at Concord Hospital and Home Health and Hospice Care, providing piano and harp music to patients with a variety of conditions.  


You can also find Linnea playing bass ukulele with the “Ukestra with Mike Loce” or leading music for Sunday services at New Hampshire Hospital in Concord, NH.


She has a Doctorate in Linguistics, and loves learning about languages almost as much as she loves music.