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Pastor Mateo was called to serve as pastor and exploratory missionary in May 2016. His focus is the revitalization of our ministry to the Latino and Hispanic members of our community.
Prior to serving at Cristo Rey, Pastor Mateo 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 Mateo currently serves on the Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s Board for World Outreach. This frequently takes him to South America where he is always encouraged by the faith of believers around the world.
Pastor Mateo graduated from Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato, MN) and Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary (Mankato, MN). His seminary education included a vicarage, or internship. Pastor Mateo completed his vicarage at Peace Lutheran Church in North Mankato, MN. During Pastor Mateo’s time in seminary, he served at Bethany Lutheran College as Assistant Dean of Residential Life, Residence Hall Coordinator, and Religious Studies Adjunct Faculty.
Pastor Mateo is married to Beth (Boche). They have been blessed with two daughters. To prepare for serving at Cristo Rey, the Behmer family spent four months in an intensive Spanish language immersion program in Puebla, Mexico. Pastor Mateo is very thankful for the opportunity to serve in Bell Gardens and looks forward to meeting you!