Pastor Matt began serving as our pastor in December 2016. Prior to serving at Cristo Rey, Pastor Matt volunteered with Mission to the Children in Sonora, Mexico. He spent time teaching in Lima, Peru. And, he conducted ethnographic research on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona.
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 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. 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 Matt currently serves on the Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s Board for World Outreach. This frequently takes him to Latin America. Pastor Matt is very thankful for the opportunity to serve in Bell Gardens and looks forward to meeting you!