Pr. Martha Maier will serve Messiah as lead pastor during Prs. Peter and Kathy's 12-week sabbatical leave this May, June, and July. Prs. Peter and Kathy's request for a sabbatical was granted by the Church Leadership Team in November and announced at the Meeting of the Congregation in January.
This will be the second time that Pr. Martha has served Messiah in this capacity. She served as solo pastor for the congregation during Prs. Braafladt' first sabbatical leave in 2004. With the agreement of Luther Seminary, Pr. Martha will also serve as supervising pastor for Intern Ryan. He will remain full-time at Messiah and complete his year-long internship in late August.
Pr. Martha recently retired after a long stint as associate pastor at sister congregation St. Andrew Lutheran in Vancouver. She and her husband Phil and son Jeffery reside in the Hazel Dell neighborhood.