Pastor Matt began serving as our pastor in December 2016. Prior to serving at Cristo Rey, Pastor Matt was blessed with some great life experiences. He got to know many great people in Sonora, Mexico while volunteering with an organization called Mission to the Children. He spent some time teaching English in Callao, Peru. He conducted ethnographic research on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona, interviewing medicine men on Western Apache spiritual beliefs.
Pastor Matt has a Masters of Divinity degree from Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in Mankato, MN. His seminary education included a vicarage, or internship. Pastor Matt completed his vicarage at Peace Lutheran Church in North Mankato, MN. During his time in seminary, he served in various student affairs positions and as an adjunct instructor in the religious studies department at Bethany Lutheran College.
Pastor Matt is married to Beth. They have been blessed with two daughters. To prepare for serving at Cristo Rey, the Behmer family spent a few months in an intensive Spanish language immersion program in Puebla, Mexico. In addition to serving our congregation, Pastor Matt also serves on the Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s Board for World Outreach.
Pastor Matt is very thankful for the opportunity to serve in Bell Gardens and looks forward to meeting you!