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Messiah Lutheran Church in Clio is a bible-based Missouri Synod Lutheran church. The best way to describe the growth of Messiah Lutheran Church is to say, “It’s a God thing.” The church opened its doors in 1960 with 53 members and has grown to over 1350 members.

In 1965 when God extended a call to Pastor Erwin Kostizen to be the Pastor of Messiah, he added a dream that we would be an Acts chapter 2 church: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done… All the believers were together and had everything in common… they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their numbers daily those who are being saved.”

In September, 2008 Rev. Erwin Kostizen retired as Senior Pastor at Messiah. In June, 2007, Messiah placed a call to Rev. Erik Cloeter who is currently serving as Senior Pastor.

For more about the beliefs of LCMS:  https://www.lcms.org/about/beliefs


This website represents a dynamic community of faith, hope and love that exists to “Make more and better disciples for Jesus Christ” through Word and Sacrament. We desire to glorify God by introducing Jesus Christ to as many people as possible and to grow them up in Christ using the most effective means to impact our culture, making a positive difference in this generation and those to come. We invite everyone to share God’s joy and peace and partner in touching people in our community and world through biblical teacing, service and life changing ministries. As a church, we are continuously striving for relationships that build a strong community and help us grow in our love for Jesus.

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Messiah Lutheran Church is a mission-oriented church family, dedicated to Making More and Better Disciples.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

– Matthew 28:19-20

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