Rev. Chris Bramich, Pastor

Christopher Bramich was born in Charleston, SC, but spent most of his childhood in northern New Jersey. His family moved to Overland Park, KS while Chris was in middle school.

Chris attended college at the University of Kansas where he double majored in psychology and communications. During his college years, he became certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and volunteered in several hospital emergency rooms. Chris also served as a telephone and walk-in crisis counselor for four years, dealing with suicide, rape and abuse. To fulfill a requirement for a child psychology class, Chris volunteered at a local Catholic elementary school in the extended care program and also later worked as a preschool teacher.

As Chris was pursuing a dream to enter medical school, the Lord intervened and called him into the ministry. Chris enrolled at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and received a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) and a Masters of Sacred Theology (STM). Chris also spent a summer studying at Jerusalem University College in Israel.

Chris did his vicarage at First Lutheran Church in Gainesville, Florida. His first call was to serve as the Assistant Pastor and Headmaster of Messiah Lutheran Church and school in Keller, TX.  Pastor Bramich also taught Latin at Messiah Lutheran Classical Academy.

Pastor Bramich later accepted the call to become the pastor of Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church in Haslet, TX where He feels blessed to serve.

Pastor Bramich believes the church should have an active presence in the community. He enjoys sharing Christ through evangelism, teaching and acts of service. In his spare time, he enjoys international travel, volleyball, piano and reading.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Koester
Deaconess Intern

Elizabeth grew up just outside of Red Bud, IL on a small family farm. She studied both Theology and Spanish at Concordia University Chicago. Elizabeth is now serving Holy Shepherd as Deaconess Intern. She has a passion for sharing her faith with everyone around her and she prays that God blesses her time here as well as the people that she is so grateful to work with at Holy Sheperd.

Mary Visaggo

Mary Visaggo
Director of New Creations Preschool

I am blessed to be the mother of three grown daughters Nicola, Ann and Toni, they are caring and professional women of whom I am very proud. I am also happy to be grandmother to nine energetic and sweet grandchildren. I moved out to Texas to be near my daughters and their growing families in 2006; I completed my education and Graduated from UNT University in May 2009 with a Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) and worked with the State of Texas DFPS for a time after interning with them for six months. I have attended Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church since 2006; and I have been a member of the teaching staff here at New Creations Preschool for the past seven years. I have enjoyed many years of experience working with children in other various schools I have been employed by; and have spent many hours volunteering through Girls Scouts and various other Children’s Ministries.

Judy - Business Manager & Secretary

Judy Chester
Secretary

Judy Chester was born and raised in Greeley, Colorado. She attended and was confirmed at Gloria Christi Lutheran Church in Greeley. After completing high school, she went away to college and attended Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, graduating with a major in accounting. After graduation, she moved back to Colorado and worked for 10 years as Controller for a property management company in Denver before moving to the Fort Worth area of Texas in 1993.

In 1995, Judy’s twins, Justin and Jordyn, were born. She was lucky enough to be able to spend the next 11 years at home raising them. Judy has worked part-time as Holy Shepherd’s secretary since 2006. In her spare time, she enjoys watching sports (especially football and basketball), reading, being involved in the kid’s activities and cooking. Go Broncos!!

Gretchen Gallo

Gretchen Gallo
Organist

I am the youngest of five children all of whom played the piano, organ, and another musical instrument. I started playing for church services 46 years ago at the age of 14 at Grace Lutheran Church in Appleton, Wisconsin, where my father was the pastor. I received organ instruction throughout my high school and college years. I attended Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, where I received a degree in Elementary Lutheran Education with a concentrate in music. Wherever I received a Call to teach, I also was asked to play the organ for services. After marrying, I played for services at every church where my husband served as pastor. After my husband retired, we moved to Burleson. We have one daughter, Linnea, who is married to Alex and lives in Illinois. In July, our first grandson was born. I have always loved playing the organ and feel privileged to serve at Holy Shepherd. To God be the glory!