Messiah Lutheran Staff

Pastor Rick Pfaff

Senior Pastor

Pastor Rick was born on September 19, 1955 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was baptized at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Brentwood and    attended their day school through sixth grade.

In 1968 Rick moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he attended high school and    college. He graduated from Concordia College-St. Paul in 1978 with a B.A. degree in liberal arts. Staying on at the college, he served for one year as an admissions counselor for Concordia.

On May 28, 1978 Rick was married to Kimberley Joy Lees, a 1979 graduate of Concordia College-St. Paul, who majored in early childhood education and school music. The Pfaffs have three sons: Andrew married to Phuong with son Caleb; Ben who is a member of Messiah; and Peter, a graduate of Concordia-Texas.

Rick studied for pastoral ministry at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri from 1979 to 1983. He served his vicarage from 1981-1982 under Pastor Walt Niermann at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Iowa City, Iowa.

Upon graduation from the seminary and ordination into the pastoral ministry on May 28, 1983, Pastor Pfaff was appointed as an evangelistic    missionary to Korea where he served for six years as Director of Parish Services. His duties included administration of a Ten Year Plan of    Church Planting and serving on various boards and committees of the Lutheran Church in Korea.

Rick & Kim have also served at Grace, Kansas City, Kansas for 8.5 years and at Zion – Pasadena, Texas for just over 10 years. While at Zion, Pastor Rick served on two District Convention Committees, as LWML Zone Advisor, Missionary Alumni Reunion Committee, OAFC Summer    Training Overall Coordinator, and Circuit Counselor for four years.

Rick & Kim both enjoy reading, working puzzles, traveling, and spending time outdoors. They are excited about all of the wonderful    opportunities at Messiah.









Pastor Aaron Goeke

Associate Pastor 

Aaron is proud to be a native Texan.  After graduating from John Marshall High School in San Antonio, Aaron planned to be a doctor, but God had a different plan.  God led Aaron to be drawn to theology in college and he graduated in 1997 with a BA in Interpersonal Communications and a minor in Biblical Languages.  A week after graduating Aaron married Kristen, his girlfriend of 5 years, and they are happily married with 4 amazing children (Vadim 14, Evan 10, Hannah 9, and Liesl 3).

He has held the titles of carpenter, financial planner, telephone operator, waiter, broker, Salesman, Manager, CEO, Pastor, Husband, and Daddy, (of which it is the last three by which he is most honored and humbled).

Aaron’s heart is most captivated by finding and living life with people who question and doubt God’s compassion or even His existence.  He has many hobbies and interests, and has no problem finding people like himself to hang out with, because sinners like that are easy to find. Currently Aaron serves as youth minister and staff pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Boerne, TX.

Kelly Mitchell 
Office Manager

Kelly joined Messiah’s staff as Office Manager in May 1995. She is highly qualified for her position and adds a bright smile around the church office. A CPA, Kelly divides her time between Messiah and her family, which includes her husband and her two wonderful children, Kelsey and Dakota.

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Courtney Ludy

I moved to Boerne when I was in sixth grade and am a charter member of Messiah Lutheran Church.  I grew up in Boerne and went on to college at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State).  I have my Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary Education) and am a certified teacher for Early Childhood through 8th grade with certifications in English Second Language, Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies, as well as being a Generalist in those grade levels.  I moved to San Antonio and married my husband, David Ludy, in March of 2004.  I taught for 6 years in Judson ISD in fourth grade and served as their team leader for 4 of those years.  My twins, Rory and Keller, arrived in March of 2009, and I left teaching temporarily to stay with my boys.  We moved back to Boerne in November of 2009 to have our children grow up in my hometown and as a part of Messiah Lutheran Church.  I taught at Messiah’s Kids Preschool from January 2010 to May 2010, and then accepted a job with Northside ISD as a fifth grade teacher in August 2010.  After our third son, Landon, arrived in January 2011, I  felt that God was moving me to go back to Messiah’s Kids Preschool.  Through His hand, Messiah’s Kids was growing, and I was able to return to teaching preschool!  I received my Director’s certification after completing several classes with SAC.  I was blessed to become Director of Messiah’s Kids in August 2013.  I am excited as I start my venture in this new position and growing school!  I love kids, and I want to work with them that they may succeed and grow not only academically and developmentally, but also grow in their faith!  I believe that God has led me to be a part of Messiah’s Kids Preschool to make a difference in children’s lives and be a part of their developing faith.

Nancy Knettel
Minister of Music

Nancy has been with Messiah from the very beginning as the church pianist. In 1995, Nancy became Messiah’s Minister of Music. Nancy is currently involved in planning the music for the worship services and children’s choirs, accompanying the adult choir, leading the praise singers and men’s chorus, and working with soloists, duets, and ensembles. She is looking forward to Messiah’s expanding music ministry. Nancy, is married to Kurt.  They have two sons, Paul