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.
Michelle and her husband Victor both grew up in the metro-Detroit area. They met at Concordia, Ann Arbor where they both studied Theology and Art. They spent the first six months of their marriage studying abroad in Cambridge, England before moving to Fort Wayne, IN. There Michelle finished up her classes at CTS while Victor worked at Bethesda Lutheran Communities. They have two children. Michelle is now serving Holy Shepherd as Deaconess Intern. Both she and Victor have a passion for the Gospel, and they pray that God will bless everyone involved during her time here.
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!!