LCMC Texas

God’s wish is our command. Literally.

LUTHERAN CONGREGATIONS

IN MISSION FOR CHRIST

… IN TEXAS!

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!

Interested?

Contact Bryce Formwalt, Director of Mission Growth for more information: 512-942-7776 or bryce@lcmctexas.org
 

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.
 

Chair

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. Jon was re-elected for his third term on District Council in 2019.
 
Jon serves as the council liaison for:
  • St. John, Thrall
  • Martin Luther, Giddings
  • New Hope, McDade
  • St. Andrew, Paige (Paint Creek)
  • Zion, Thrall (Sandoval)
 

Vice-Chair

 Terry Bage 
Terry is the Pastor of Elizabeth Lutheran Church in Caldwell and lives nearby in rural Dime Box.  A Texas native, Terry married his high school sweetheart, Vivian and went to work for Amoco Oil in Texas City for 20 years.  A father of three and now grandfather of four, Terry and his wife have always been active in the congregations they attended as youth leaders, Sunday School teachers, council members, etc.  Eventually, Terry was asked to fill pastoral roles and he began preaching and leading worship. A highlight for the Bages was the opportunity to be in Wittenburg, Germany for the 500th anniversary of the reformation, October 31, 2017.  Terry was elected to the District Council in 2018.
 
Terry serves as the council liaison for:
    • Elizabeth, Caldwell
    • Abiding Word, Brenham
    • St. John, Dime Box
    • Trinity, Hempstead
 

Secretary

 Alsen Wenzel 
Alsen is Senior Pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Yoakum. He champions our efforts to make disciples and not just church members and the LCMC vision to be a 1st Century Church for the 21st Century. Alsen hopes to see LCMC truly live into our name as Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. Alsen has served on the District Council as Vice-Chairman and also an at large member before taking on the role as the Secretary for the Council. He was re-elected for his third term on District Council in 2019.
 
Alsen serves as the council liaison for:
  • Holy Cross, Yoakum
  • Danevang, Danevang
  • First, El Campo
  • St. Peter, Hallettsville
 

Treasurer

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. Griffin was re-elected to the District Council for his second term in 2020.
 
Griffin serves as the council liaison for:
  • St. Peter, Georgetown (Walburg)
  • Immanuel, Taylor
  • Prince of Peace, Taylor
  • St. John, Pflugerville (Richland)
  • St. Paul, Taylor
 
Jami Billings
Jami is a member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Weesatche. She currently serves as the church secretary and Christian Education leader. She serves and has served in many additional areas in the church. Jami’s passion lies with spreading God’s word to the children and helping them know God and his awesomeness. Her hope for the LCMC Texas District is to continue to involve the Youth of our congregations as they are the future. Jami envisions regional youth events across the District for area churches and developing a network of youth and youth leaders to help one another share the love of God with each other. She was elected to the District Council in 2018.
 
Jami serves as the council liaison for:
  • St. Andrew, Weesatche
  • First, Orange Grove
  • Immanuel, Alice
  • St. Paul, Runge
  • Spirit of Peace, McAllen
 
Gina Eliot
Gina is a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Victoria where she serves on staff as the Office Administrator.  Gina was elected to the District Council in 2020.
 
Gina serves as the council liaison for:
  • Our Saviour’s, Victoria
  • Emmanuel, Inez
  • First, Tivoli
  • First English, Victoria
  • St. Mark, Point Comfort
 
Kari Malinak
Kari serves as the Associate Pastor of Living Word Lutheran Church in Grapevine. Kari was elected to the District Council in 2020.
 
Kari serves as the council liaison for:
  • Living Word, Grapevine
  • Abiding Peace, Flower Mound
  • Christ, Waco
  • First Century, Lindale
  • Grace, Ennis
  • Hope, Cedar Hill
 
Paul Owens
Paul serves as the Senior Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels. He has previously served on the LCMC Ministry Board. Paul was elected to the District Council in 2020.
 
Paul serves as the council liaison for:
  • St. Paul, New Braunfels
  • Faith, Seguin
  • Hebrews 10:24, San Antonio
  • St. John, Boerne
  • St. Paul, Bulverde
 
Margaret Reus
Margaret is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hondo where she served as Church Office Secretary for over 30 years before retiring in 2017. She has been active in the Women’s ministry both in her home church and the Texas District. She currently serves on the board of Medina County Christian Job Corps, a ministry to help underemployed women and men achieve educational and employment goals as they move from dependency to self-sufficiency. Margaret was elected to the District Council in 2018.
 
Margaret serves as the council liaison for:
  • St. Paul, Hondo
  • Bethel, Laredo
  • Emmanuel, Knippa
  • St. John, Jourdanton
  • Zion, Castroville
 
Percy Smerek
Percy has served as the Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Stonewall since 2005.  He was married to wife, Ada in 1968 and ordained in 1971. Percy remains active in the Via de Cristo movement and Kairos prison ministry.  For several years he has written and sent out a weekly devotional. Percy hopes that the Texas District can facilitate fellowship and mutual support for congregations and pastors so that each may grow and expand the reach of the Gospel. He was elected to the District Council in 2018 after a three-year hiatus.
 
Percy serves as the council liaison for:
  • Trinity, Stonewall
  • Holy Ghost, Fredericksburg
  • Trinity, Blanco
  • Zion, Kerrville
 
Sam Watson
Sam is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Haskell where he has served on church council as president. Sam works as the City Administrator of Knox City. Sam was elected to the District Council in 2020
 
Sam serves as the council liaison for:
  • Trinity, Haskell
  • Life in Grace, Odessa
  • St. John, Winters
  • Zion, Priddy
 

Director of Mission Growth

Pastor Bryce Formwalt
bryce@lcmctexas.org    |    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 an 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 www.lcmctexas.org/give.

 

 

IT’S GOD’S COUNTRY

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.