Pastor Teich


Rev. Andreas Teich was born in Germany and came to the United States as a young boy.  He grew up and was educated in New Jersey.  After completing his undergraduate degree at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa, Pastor Teich studied for the ordained ministry at
Christ Seminary, St. Louis and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  From 1986 - 1990, he served Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Bellevue, Kentucky. From 1990 - 1994, he served as interim pastor at various congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America throughout the territory of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod.  Since April of 1994, he has been pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church, Bay City.

Outside the parish, Rev. Teich serves as the chair of the synod’s Global Mission Team.  He is currently president of the Rotary Club of Bay City, chair of the Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund of Bay County, chair of the board of McLaren Bay Special Care Hospital, and a member of the boards of the Bay Area Community Foundation, the Pardee Foundation and MiHIA.

On a personal note, Andreas is married to Tracy and the father of one child, Jonathan.  He enjoys cooking and reading.


Norma Roenicke, Music Director

Norma has been at Messiah since 1998.  She has decades of performing and music teaching experience.  She loves the people at Messiah, particularly her choir members.  She has a passion for nurturing the talents of the people at Messiah.  She is also a loving wife and mother.


David Pennel, Custodian

David has been at Messiah since 2019. He loves taking care of the people of Messiah and tending to their needs as a church. He is a transplant to Bay City from the south and enjoys camping in his spare time.  He is also engaged to be married.


Elizabeth Brinker, Office Manager

Elizabeth has been at Messiah since 2015.  She enjoys working with the people of Messiah, and using her graphic design talents to make all of the church publications the best they can be.  Elizabeth is a loving wife and mother and enjoys many forms of crafting in her spare time.


Jennifer and Andy Tallman, Youth Directors

Jennifer and Andy Tallman are long-time members of Messiah and both have a heart for children.  Both are public school educators.  Jennifer is also a Highland Arts dance instructor and Andy is a local farmer.  They have 4 teenage children and love to care for the youth at Messiah.


Gretchen Wagner, President
Steve Moelter, Vice President & Facilities Chair
Amy Ahler, Treasurer
Dawn Gillard, Secretary
Bob Hill, Special Funds Treasurer
Kim Bejcek, Trustee
Kathy Kipfmiller, Church Life Chair
Jennifer Ritter, Trustee
Laurie Veitengruber, Trustee
Mike Davis, Stewardship Chair
Terry Lutz, Finance Chair
Laura Ryder, Trustee
Tim Welther, Trustee
Elizabeth Jones, Trustee
Mike Riley, Social Media & Technology Chair
Ray Steff, Trustee
Pat Smith, Financial Secretary