our pastors

  • Pastor

    Reverend Charles Bell ("The Rev") is a native Long Islander having grown up in Mineola, N.Y., became a part of the Messiah family in March of 1997. He has an AA degree from Concordia Junior College Bronxville N.Y., a BA degree from Concordia Senior College Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and his Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. After serving as a vicar at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Flint Michigan and as the Assistant Pastor of Elm Grove Lutheran Church in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, he took over the pastorate at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Aquebogue, Long Island. In addition to serving as a Circuit Counselor for the Eastern Suffolk circuit of the Atlantic District, Pastor Bell also served on the Nominations Committees and the Charismatic Study Group in the District.
    He is married to Karyn Hawkes. They have four children Debbie, Adam, Chuck and Sarah.

  • Pastoral assistant

    Reverend Alfred Hofler has his BA from Concordia and his MSW from Adelphi. He is currently our Assistant Pastor. He became a member of the Messiah family in 1975 and became the Pastoral Assistant in 1980. In 1996 he became the Interim Pastor while the church went through the process of calling a new pastor for the very first time.
    Pastor Hofler is married to Karen and they have three children.

  • Pastor Emeritus

    Reverend Henry Koepchen received his AA from Concordia Junior College Bronxville, N.Y. and his BA from Concordia Seminary St. Louis from which he also received his M.Div. He served his vicarage in Wisconsin. He then became a missionary to Long Island, for the Atlantic District where, in 1957, he started a small congregation that is now the Messiah family. In 1966 he laid the cornerstone of the present church building. During his years in the ministry he also served the church-at-large as the Secretary and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LC-MS), as well as acting President of the Atlantic District. In 1996 he retired from the parish ministry, but continues to serve his Lord as a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic District. In all these years his wife, Louise, has served faithfully by his side.