Rev. Tom Chryst was installed at Messiah on May 17, 2015. Pastor Chryst was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and is a graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and Concordia College-New York, where he met his wife Brenda (nee Miert). Brenda, from Greenwich, Connecticut, has a degree in Social Work from Concordia College-New York and M. Ed. from Concordia University, Portland, Oregon. She currently teaches Upper Grades at Messiah Lutheran Classical Academy.
Pastor Chryst was Associate Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, Racine, Wisconsin for 13 years. He then served as LCMS Missionary to Singapore, where he planted the first LCMS congregation there. After many frustrations in getting a permanent visa, Pastor Chryst was reassigned briefly to LCMS Domestic Missions before accepting the call to Messiah. He also maintains a blog at: preachrblog.blogspot.com