Pastor Nathan Hilkert

About his early years, Pastor Nathan says, “it’s complicated.” After years spent between Germany, Colorado, Oklahoma, Ohio and Georgia, his family settled in the Atlanta area in 1987, and this has been home ever since.After working for a newspaper and teaching English, he studied at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, in Columbia, South Carolina, and was ordained a pastor in 2008. Pastor Nathan has been at Messiah since 2010.Pastor Nathan enjoys running, writing, and home-brewing. He’s married to Heidi, an elementary school teacher, and they are proud parents of Stella and Lucy. They love Decatur, and are tremendously excited to see what God has in store for the folks of Messiah.
Ms. Christine Bergman, Office Administrator

Chris grew up Lutheran and graduated from one of our ELCA colleges, Carthage, in Kenosha, WI.  That is where she met her husband, Rev. Dr. Devin Strong of Lutheran Campus Ministry at Georgia Tech.  Chris and Devin have twin daughters, Hope and Joy, who are now college students.  Chris has worked as a church office administrator in parishes in Ohio, Michigan, and now here in Georgia.  She loves working in a church setting!  Her hobbies are singing, cooking, playing cards, and watching live theater.




Ms. Carole Harris-Mitchell, Minister of Music

Carole received her Master of Music degree from Georgia State University, with a concentration in piano pedagogy, organ and piano. She maintains a piano studio in her home in Lilburn, and her students actively participate in GCMTA events, Federated Festivals, and other events…where several of her students have been recipients of special awards and scholarship.

Carole has been an organist and pianist for churches and other community functions throughout  the metro Atlanta area for 35 years. In addition to her time at Messiah, she is also a piano teacher at Greater Atlanta Christian Schools in Norcross. She is very  proud to teach alongside her daughter, Julie Mitchell Smith,who is also on the piano faculty at GACS..




Tracy  Brown, Sunday School Coordinator

Tracy has been married to her husband John for 24 years, and they have five children. Their family  moved to Georgia in March of 2002 from Massachusetts. Tracy and her family visited Messiah three days after their move and became members the same year!

Tracy and her oldest daughter have been working with the youth of Messiah for several years. They have recently attended a conference in Ohio that has given them even more ideas and enthusiasm for the children’s ministry!