Ministry Staff

Ministry Staff

Pastor Mateo

Call, Text or WhatsApp: (323) 395-8062
Email: pastor@cristoreylutheran.com

Pastor Matt Behmer was called to serve as pastor and exploratory missionary in May 2016. His main focus is the revitalization of our ministry to the Latino and Hispanic members of our community.

Prior to serving at Christ the King, Pastor Matt volunteered with Mission to the Children in Sonora, Mexico.  He also spent time teaching in Lima, Peru and conducting ethnographic research on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona. Pastor Matt currently serves on the Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s Board for World Outreach. This work occasionally takes him to South America where he is always encouraged by the faith of believers around the world.

Pastor Matt graduated from Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato, MN) and Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary (Mankato, MN). His seminary education included a vicarage, or internship. Pastor Matt completed his vicarage at Peace Lutheran Church in North Mankato, MN. During Pastor Matt’s time in seminary, he also served at Bethany Lutheran College as Assistant Dean of Residential Life, Residence Hall Coordinator, and Religious Studies Adjunct Faculty.

Pastor Matt is married to Beth (Boche). They have been blessed with two daughters. In order to prepare for serving at Christ the King, the Behmer family spent four months in an intensive Spanish language immersion program in Puebla, Mexico. Matt is very thankful for the opportunity to serve in Bell Gardens and looks forward to meeting you!