DOWNEY - Rev. John Nathan Genter was ordained and installed as the new pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church during a special worship service Sept. 4.Genter earned a Director of Christian Education degree from Concordia University in Chicago and graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in May, 2008. While pursuing his studies he worked with juvenile delinquents in San Francisco and St. Louis. His wife, Teddie, is pursuing a doctorate in Occupational Science at USC. As pastor at Messiah Lutheran, Genter said he "wants to energize the church by offering a Bible study class for anyone wanting to learn more about our Lord and the ministry of Jesus as well as a class for new members." He also has plans to get members of Messiah involved in community programs, including the Living Help Center and MOPS, a support group for mothers of preschool children. Several Messiah members already participate in prison ministries and other outreach activities, Genter pointed out. Messiah Lutheran Church holds traditional services every Sunday at 8 a.m. followed by a contemporary service at 10:30 a.m. Bible study for adults is at 9:15 a.m. and Sunday school and nursery care are during the 10:30 a.m. service. Messiah Lutheran Church is at 10711 Paramount Blvd. Their phone number is (562) 923-1215.
********** Published: September 16, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 22