Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church began as a Mission of the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS). The first service was held on December 22nd, 1957 with 58 people in attendance. Services were held at the VFW Hall in East Setauket for the first eight years. In 1962, the church purchased property on Pond Path in East Setauket, NY and construction of the church building began in 1965. The first service in the building was on Palm Sunday 1966. The church was dedicated on June 19, 1966. The Rev. Henry Koepchen served as founding pastor and remained as Pastor until his retirement in September 1996. Pastor Alfred Hofler has served as Pastoral Assistant from 1977 to 2018. Rev. Charles Bell recently retired. He was the Pastor from 1997 to 2018.

December of 2017 we celebrated our 60th Anniversary!!!


To all who carry a burden of sin and need a Savior; to all who wish
to rejoice and give thanks; to all who are strangers and need a Church home; to all
who are lonely and long for companionship; to all who worship the Lord, our
Creator; to all who hunger for the Word; to all who are weary and need rest, the
people of Messiah, in the Spirit and Name of Jesus, say WELCOME! If you are
a visitor, introduce yourself to the Pastor and please sign our Guest Register in the

Narthex and visitor card in the pew.


Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church exists in order to lead people to faith in Christ Jesus and Fellowship in His family, to celebrate His presence in worship and the study of His Word, and to use all their God-given Time, Talents, and Treasures according to His Will in the ministry of His church and mission to the world.


Messiah Lutheran Church holds all the Canonical books of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God and the sole rule of faith and life.

It accepts all the Symbolical Books of the Lutheran Church contained in the Book of Concord in the year 1580, viz., the Ecumenical Creeds: the Apostolic, the Nicene and Athanasian; the unaltered Augsburg Confession of 1530; the Apology of the Augsburg Confession; the Catechisms of Luther; the Smalcald Articles and the Formula of Concord, as a correct and sound exposition of Christian doctrine, taken from and in full accord with the Holy Scriptures.