Rick Pfaff
Senior Pastor

Pastor Rick and his preschool teaching wife, Kim, came to Messiah in November of 2008. When they moved here they said it felt like they were “going home to a place we’ve never been.”

Rick and Kim have served ministries in Seoul, Korea; Kansas City, Kansas; Pasadena, Texas; and here in Boerne. In 2018 Pastor Rick will wrap up 35 years of full time pastoral ministry. He looks forward to continuing his relationship with his church family at Messiah as well as serving the Church at large.

The Pfaffs have three married sons and one grandson and one granddaughter. They both enjoy taking their two dogs, Molly and Shiner on walks, reading, working puzzles, traveling, and spending time outdoors. They are excited about all of the wonderful opportunities in Messiah’s future as a long awaited Family Life Center opens in 2018.

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, Evan, Hannah, and Liesl).

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).

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.

Courtney Ludy
Messiah’s Kids Preschool Director


Courtney moved to Boerne when she was in sixth grade and is a charter member of Messiah Lutheran Church. She grew up in Boerne and went on to college at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State). She has her Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary Education) and is 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. She taught at Messiah’s Kids Preschool from January 2010 to May 2013. She received her Director’s certification after completing several classes with SAC. Messiah’s Kids Preschool was blessed to receive her as Director in August 2013. She loves kids, and wants to work with them that they may succeed and grow not only academically and developmentally, but also grow in their faith! She believes that God has led her 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 and Jacob.

Director of Christian Education
Harmony graduated from Concordia University Texas with a BA in Religious Education in 2014. After completing her year of internship here at Messiah Lutheran, she accepted the call to be their Director of Christian Education. Harmony oversees the children’s and youth ministry here at Messiah and also has her hands in missions. Harmony grew up in Houston, Texas and loves spending time with family and friends. She enjoys many things in life like adventures, road trips, sleep and cows! She has a passion for sharing the love of Christ with as many people she can and is excited to be a part of the Messiah Boerne team!
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Kristen Goeke
Nursery Director

Kristen is our Nursery Director as well as one of our Transitional Kindergarten teachers for Messiah’s Kids preschool. After graduating from Concordia University in Austin with a degree in Elementary Education with the Lutheran Education designation and Reading specialty she taught first and second grades in both Lutheran schools and public schools.  While home with her children she worked part time doing kindergarten and TAKS small group tutoring for Northside Independent School district.  She is the proud wife of Pastor Aaron. She has said  “I feel very blessed to have the privilege of sharing the love of Jesus with children everyday!”

Maurine Maloy
Public Relations