The Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Zion Church, affiliated with the
Augustana Synod, was organized by fifty people in October 1880.
The primary purpose was to provide pastoral care for the Swedish
immigrants who settled in West Bay City to work in the lumber mills.
During those early years the congregation built the original church on
the northwest corner of Henry and Thomas streets. The land was
donated by lumber man Henry W. Sage. Many pastors served
the congregation in its first 25 years.
the 1920's, the congregation recognized that the majority of its
parishioners were no longer fluent in Swedish, therefore the a
decision was made in 1924, to use English exclusively as the
language of the church. In 1938, the church was renamed Messiah
Evangelical Lutheran Church. During
the 1930's and 1940's, the work of the pastors Nordale and Wahlstrom
led to the renovation of the original building, the remodeling of the
sanctuary, and the beginning of a building fund. With the
arrival of Philip Nelson in 1953, plans for building of a new church
began in earnest. The new church was designed by architect,
Alden B. Dow, embodied educational and social facilities, as well as,
the worship center. In October 1955, the cornerstone was laid for the
present church building and the church was dedicated on October 14,
the next 40+ years Messiah experienced stable and faithful ministry
with Pastors Ringstrom, Niemi, and Fuller.
April of 1994, our current pastor, Pastor Andreas Teich was called to
Messiah Lutheran. That same year, the congregation engaged the
services of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) to
assess our facility. The Facilities Task Force presented various
recommendations which led to renovations, repairs and new amenities.
Messiah Lutheran continues to grow and prosper. Our congregation
currently stands at 600 members, who continue to improve and update
both the building and the ministry. Each
time we gather together, we confess our sins, hear Godís word,
confess our faith, and share holy communion... We welcome you to