Messiah began as a mission of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's English District. As it grew it started making significant contributions to the life and mission of the wider Lutheran Church, both locally and at a national level.
The Rev. Bertwin Frey, pastor of Messiah in the 1960's and 70's, served for a time as president of the English District, in effect carrying out two full-time ministries simultaneously without benefit of computer, email, or internet. In the 1970's, when controversy erupted in the Missouri Synod over the interpretation of Scripture and other grave issues, Messiah was one of about 500 congregations that withdrew to establish an independent organization called the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches. That group merged in 1988 with two much larger church bodies to form today's Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) a church with four and a half million members in over 10,000 congregations across the U.S. and into the Caribbean.
Locally Messiah is affiliated with the ELCA's Northeastern Ohio Synod headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls. Within the synod Messiah is known for its strong commitment to faithful teaching and to mission outreach.
Messiah continues to enjoy working connections with many Missouri Synod congregations in our area. Several of these ties were established decades ago through joint participation in local Lutheran ministry organizations, chiefly the Cleveland Lutheran High School Association the Lutheran Home and Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry. More recently Messiah has been working closely if informally with Building Hope in the City an independent urban mission agency launched in the early 2000's by Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS), West 30th Street, Cleveland.