Richard Steensma

Senior Pastor

Pastor Rich is the Senior Pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church & Preschool. He began serving Messiah in August of 2018. Pastor Rich graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2007 and served Timothy Lutheran Church in Blue Springs, MO as Vicar, Associate Pastor and Senior Pastor until he was called to Messiah, Mounds View. Prior to his ordination he served churches in Michigan and California as a Music Director, Teacher and Principal. Pastor Rich and his wife Kate have three daughters, Emily, Sarah and Anna and two fur children Zoey and Layla. In his leisure time, Pastor Rich enjoys rooting for his favorite teams (Detroit Tigers, University of Michigan Football [GO BLUE] and Detroit Lions). He also enjoys working outdoors, fishing and trying to golf. Pastor Rich is excited about serving the Lord and His people at Messiah.

PHONE: 763.784.1786 EXT. 112

Matthew Albright

Associate Pastor

Pastor Matt is the Associate Pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church & Preschool. He began serving Messiah in July of 2019. Pastor Matt graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2019. He served at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Minot, ND as a vicar. Matt served in the United States Navy as a nuclear mechanic aboard the USS Pennsylvania. Pastor Matt and his wife Haley were recently married in June 2019. They have no kids yet but do have 1 dog (Ziva) who is overly spoiled.  Matt loves sports especially the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, and yes even those Chicago Bears.  Matt and Haley enjoy exploring new parks when time allows and are always up to try a new ice cream place!

PHONE: 763.784.1786 EXT. 113

Annie Bilski


Annie Bilski is the Preschool Director at Messiah Lutheran Church & Preschool. She has been serving at Messiah since July 2014. She lives in Mounds View, MN with her husband, Grant, and their son, Collin. She received her bachelor’s degree from Concordia Saint Paul in Elementary Education and Lutheran Classroom Teaching. Her experience ranges from working with infants through 6th grade students and special education students. Annie has multiple years of experience and training in working with students on the Autism spectrum. She has a passion for seeing each student grow and develop to their greatest potential. Annie and Grant are huge Minnesota sports fans! They enjoy traveling, spending time at the family cabin, and especially spending time with their family and friends.  She is thrilled to be a part of the ministry team at Messiah Lutheran Church & Preschool.

PHONE:  763.784.1786 ext. 141

Ron Boyce

Custodial Assistant

Ron Boyce serves as a Custodial Assistant at Messiah. Prior to retirement Ron worked for 40 years at ARC as a Photo Reprographics Camera Operator and Warehouse Manager. He also worked as a PT Evening Custodian at another local church for 13 years. Ron and his wife Dayle joined Messiah in 2005. Since then they have both been active volunteers in a variety of ways at Messiah. When Ron is not working, he enjoys spending his retirement hours gardening, painting, reading  and watching the Twins and Wild. He is also a devoted dad to his 2 daughters, son-in-law, and 3 grandchildren.

Lowell Brutlag


Lowell Brutlag serves as the Financial Bookkeeper at Messiah Lutheran Church & Preschool.  Before retiring in 1997 Lowell was employed in the transportation industry for 35 year with 2 years in the US army and 10 years as a Financial Consultant with AAL.  Lowell has been married to Audrey for over 60 years and they have 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 5 great—grandchildren.  In his leisure time Lowell enjoys traveling, fishing, golfing and playing cribbage.

PHONE:  763.784.1786 ext. 122

Allison Burkhow

Coordinator of Kids Ministry and Electronic Media

Allison Burkhow is the Coordinator of Kids Ministry and Electronic Media.  She received a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in Communications and Theater. Allison grew up as a member of Messiah and began employment here in 2000. For over 15 years she has served in a variety of roles including Pastoral Care, Assistance Ministries, and Outreach. Allison married Jon in 1995 and they have 5 children, Cassannedra, Charles, Luciana, Theodore and Evelyn. As her family has grown, so has her passion for planting the seeds of faith in the hearts of young people. It is a blessing to watch kids’ eyes light up when they learn and talk about their faith and Bible knowledge. Allison can see why Christ instructed adults to emulate the open-hearted and trusting faith of a child! As a parent she considers guiding her children in their relationship with God to be her most important job. In addition to goofing around with their kids, she and her husband enjoy traveling to new places, seeing movies, and cooking ethnic food.

PHONE: 763.784.1786 ext. 111

Curtis Flor

Facilities Manager and Technology Coordinator

Curt Flor has the longest tenure on the staff, as he has been serving Messiah since 1987.   Curt is the Facilities Manager and Technology Coordinator.  Curt lives in Mounds View with his wife, Sandy, and has two children, Jessica and Nick.  Curt has a First Class Engineer’s license to operate low pressure boilers.  His areas of responsibility are quite diverse and over the years he has developed the ability to solve most maintenance issues while taking on the IT duties as well.  He enjoys being in the outdoors spending family time fishing, hunting, camping, snowmobiling and the occasional ATV ride.  Another hobby he likes is car and small engine repair.  Messiah has been such a wonderful part of his life for so long he can’t imagine doing anything else.

PHONE:  763.784.1786 ext. 125

Kay A. Knutson

Director of  Parish Music

Kay A. Knutson is the Director of Parish Music at Messiah Lutheran Church.  She has served at Messiah since 1998.  Kay studied organ performance at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA and transferred to Concordia College, St. Paul, MN where she graduated with an organ degree. Kay has also taken several Master Classes in handbells at Concordia University, Mequon, WI. Kay and her husband Mark live in Fridley, MN and celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2014.  They have one daughter, Amanda, and son-in-law Karl.  Kay enjoys sports, especially hockey, baseball and football.  She is always looking for an opportunity to help others praise the living God through music.  Messiah has a rich music history and it is her passion to keep it growing to be a strong witness in this community of believers.

PHONE:  763.784.1786 ext. 123

JoElla Kath

Administrative Assistant

JoElla Kath is the Administrative Assistant at Messiah Lutheran Church. She has been serving Messiah since June 1999. JoElla lives in Shoreview with her husband Bill. JoElla and Bill were married at Messiah in 1977 and have been blessed with two children. Their daughter Krista and her husband Matt live in Hugo with their 3 children. Their son Brent and his wife Abby also live in Hugo with their 2 children. JoElla enjoys the many friendships she has made while working at Messiah, both the wonderful staff and the members of Messiah she has the opportunity to work with. She loves spending time with her grandkids and family.

PHONE: 763.784.1786 ext. 124

Heather McAllister

Office Administrator & Adult Choir Director

Heather McAllister wears two hats at Messiah serving both as the Office Administrator and Choir Director.  She has been serving as Choir Director since January 2004 and as the Office Administrator since May 2011. Heather received her Bachelor’s Degree in K-12 Music Education (both vocal and instrumental) and Viola Performance from Concordia University, St. Paul. Her previous experience has been as music director at Bethel Lutheran Church in St. Paul, managing her own private studio, and almost 10 years managing Claire Givens Violins, Inc. in Minneapolis. Heather was thrilled to be able to accept a full time position at Messiah where she has been a life-long member. Heather lives in Shoreview with her husband, Matt, their 2 daughters, Anya & Isabelle, and dog, Murphy. In her spare time, Heather loves to spend time with family, camp, garden, bake, and of course, play music!

PHONE: 763.784.1786 ext. 110

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