LCMC Texas

God’s wish is our command. Literally.




We are an association of congregations whose understanding of the Faith is rooted in the Bible and the Lutheran Confessions. We recognize the congregation, gathered around God’s Word and Sacraments, is the Church, so we don’t get much more hierarchical than that.
God’s Word is clear: We were created for a purpose; we were redeemed for a purpose; we are set apart for a purpose! Jesus calls us to follow him, and join in the
great work of making disciples of all nations. We know it’s not merely about “going” to Church – we are supposed to be the Church!
Our connection to LCMC is not hierarchical or legislative, but geographical: Primarily, we exist to promote fellowship, mutual ministry and church planting. Over fifty congregations have saddled up to ride with us, and our posse is always looking for more good hands. Yee-haw!


Contact Bryce Formwalt, Director of Mission Growth for more information: 512-942-7776 or

District Council

The council is made up of pastors and members of congregations from across Texas who serve three-year terms. Though each hails from a member congregation, council members are elected to represent the interests of the District as a whole. The primary function of the District Council is to oversee the Director of Mission Growth, the vision and mission of the District, and the program ministry of the District, especially the Annual Gathering held each summer.


Jon Bielfeldt 
Jon serves as Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Thrall. As a member of the Texas District Council, Jon is very supportive of our efforts to keep discipleship as a primary directive for all of us so that we may truly live into our name as Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.


 John Sellers 
John is a member of Living Word in Grapevine, but lives in Arlington with Donna, his wife of 48 years. John was baptized at birth by a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in a Catholic hospital. Between the ages of 8 to 15 years of age, he attended the Mennonite Church of Des Allemands, LA. At the tender age of 18 he and Donna were married in Donna’s Lutheran Church in New Orleans, and, by the grace of God, became a Lutheran for life.
John has been with the LCMC Texas District Council for four years and has served as member, treasurer, and Vice Chair. He looks forward to serving in any capacity as long as the council is willing to endure him!


 Alsen Wenzel 
Alsen is Senior Pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Yoakum.


 Griffin Teggeman
Griffin is a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Walburg where he has served in various leadership positions, including Council President. His 36 year corporate experience included finance, planning, procurement, project management, process automation and regulatory compliance. Prayerfully guided by the Holy Spirit, he hopes to help LCMC Texas effectively set and exceed lofty Christian mission goals.
Al Brakke
Al is currently serving as Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winters. Raised on a small farm in East-Central South Dakota, Al is very familiar with small town, rural community life. A retired high school science/math teacher Al entered the seminary to fulfill a calling he had since the age of 15 to serve the Lord as a pastor. Everywhere Al has lived he has been an active member of every congregation, teaching Sunday school, youth Confirmation, serving on Council. Al believes we are called to be a “first century church in the twenty-first century”. In Winters he has helped reorganize Meals-On-Wheels and the revitalize the local chapter of the Salvation Army. Pastor Al is also active in the local Lion’s Club, the Heritage Farm Museum, and is Chaplin for Winters High School Athletics.  
 Jason Eliot
Jason is a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Victoria.
 Greg Knippa 
Greg is Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Castroville.
Maggie Skalka 
Maggie is an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hondo. She has a passion for mission work in Nicaragua and on the Texas/Mexico border and has served as a leader on the Evangelism and Mission Committee, in the SPLC quilters, Church Library and has also worked part-time in the church office. With a background in nursing, Maggie is proud Veteran (USAF), mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Director of Mission Growth

Pastor Bryce Formwalt    |    512-942-7776
Since July 2015, Bryce Formwalt has served as our Director of Mission Growth.  Together with his wife, Lisa, and sons, Cole and Simeon, he makes his home in Georgetown, Texas, just north of Austin. He is a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Bryce has had diverse experiences in ministry, serving in Ohio, Illinois, and North Dakota in both suburban and rural settings as a solo, associate, and lead pastor. A native of Iowa, Bryce is still and avid Hawkeye fan, enjoys camping and hiking with the family and loves fast cars.  But his greatest passion is the mission of the church.
Bryce’s objective is to help catalyze disciple-making and church planting movements across Texas and to help Texas District congregations live into the dreams that God has for their futures.  He is available to help coach congregations in mission, vision, evangelism, and discipleship.  
The Director of Mission Growth position is supported through financial contributions to our LCMC Texas District from member congregations and generous individuals who share this vision.  If you’d like to support the mission of LCMC Texas, you may send your tax-deductible contribution to LCMC Texas, PO Box 58, Hondo, TX 78861. You can also now give online!  Whether you’d like to make a one-time contribution or schedule a regular donation, you can do it all at



So naturally, there should be a congregation nearby. 


We’ve got some fifty odd locations throughout the Republic, some little, some big. And there’s more on the way. If you’re looking for a church home or just passing through on a weekend somewhere, stop by and see us!

Whether you are just passing through or finally settling down, chances are we’re in your area.