Ara Koliantz is the new pastor for Messiah Church!
Since 2010 Ara has served as youth pastor at ECC Church, Lafayette, Indiana and performed regular duties of pastoring on a staff of five pastors. He lead a youth group of 70 students, taught adult Christian Formation classes, performed pre-marital and post-marital counseling, did hospital and nursing home visitations, conducted baptisms, marriages and funerals and preached from the pulpit on a regular basis.
Ara came to know the Lord at a Covenant high school CHIC conference (Covenant High in Christ) which inspires students to live transformed lives in Gods Kingdom. At Purdue University he attended Campus Crusade for Christ, grew in his faith and began to serve on short term mission trips to Detroit with Joy of Jesus, Heres Life Inner City, and Convoy of Hope. He met his wife, Maria, at Purdue and they served alongside each other on some of these mission trips. In addition, he traveled to Russia and Latvia and experienced what he said, Being able to see and interact with Christians across the globe, to be able to worship the same God in different languages, and live your life missionally.
Ara graduated from Purdue University in 2006 with an English major and a Spanish minor and from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2010 with a Masters degree in Old Testament and a second Masters degree in New Testament. He and his wife have a 4-year old son, Zachariah, and 1-year old daughter, Mikaiah. They plan to connect in the neighborhood, enroll their son in Maybury Elementary school, and live in the Messiah Church parsonage.
Welcome to Messiah Church!