Pastor Micah A. Ernst was born August 17, 1957 to August and Mildred Ernst, in Buffalo, Minnesota. He is the fourth child of seven; two sisters and 4 brothers. He attended Salem Lutheran Christian Day School at Loretto, Minnesota, to the 4th grade and finished his education at the public schools in Buffalo, Minnesota. After high school he worked in construction for 5 years. On June 24th, 1979, Micah and Claudia, his high school sweetheart, were united in Holy Matrimony. Claudia, a graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College of New Ulm, Minnesota, taught school at Trinity Lutheran, Belle Plaine, Minnesota. Through much heartfelt prodding, the Lord truly directed Micah to continue his education to study for the pastoral ministry.
Pastor Ernst received his college education at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota. He then went to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wisconsin, (WELS) for one year of seminary training. He finished his pastoral studies at Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, Mankato, Minnesota (ELS). During those years Micah and Claudia were blessed with 4 children (Nathanael, Hannah, Ezekiel, and Sarah).
Pastor Ernst vicared in northern Iowa in a five-point parish under the direction of Pastor Alf Merseth. In May of 1988, he received the call to Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELS) in Jefferson City, MO. In 1996 he received a call to also serve Grace Lutheran (WELS) in Columbia, MO. During these years, Pastor and Claudia were blessed with 4 more children (Christina, Joshua, Rachel, and Uriah).
Led by the Lord to help provide for the spiritual needs of the people living at the Lake of the Ozarks area, he has started a preaching station in Osage Beach, MO named Beautiful Savior of the Lake. Here, he conducts services on Saturday evenings and Bible Class on Wednesday evenings.
His love for the Lord’s peace and forgiveness leads him to reach out to others. Our Savior’s grace, continues to motivate his ministry.
TO GOD ALONE IS THE GLORY!!