Pastor Ernie Lassman has a B.A. in Reformation History from Pacific Lutheran University. He received a Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, majoring in New Testament Studies. He was ordained August 13, 1978. He also received a Master of Sacred Theology in New Testament Studies from the same institution in 1991. Pastor Lassman has presented theological papers at conferences and has had articles on theology published in theological journals. Prior to being installed as pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Seattle on January 10th, 1988, he served two Lutheran congregations in British Columbia, Canada. After 38.5 years in the ministry and 29 years at Messiah, Pastor Lassman retired on December 31, 2016.