Rev. Chad Walta
8th Pastor of the Christ Church
Pastor Walta graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2003.
Hispanic Ministry History: Recognizing the growing number of Hispanic immigrants living in the surrounding neighborhood, Christ congregation hosted its first major outreach effort in 1991 with a day of canvassing sponsored by the Southeastern Wisconsin District Evangelism Committee. Realizing a need for a Spanish ministry, funds were secured from the District Mission Board and WELS Kingdom Workers to engage the services of Spanish-speaking seminary students.
In 1996, a bi-lingual pastor (Rev. Michael Roth) was assigned to Christ Church. He was able to continue working on the Hispanic outreach until 2002. In 2005, the Board of Home Missions of the Southeastern Wisconsin District partnered with 5 southside WELS congregations (Christ, St. Peter's, Gethsemane, St. Andrew's and Centennial) to initiate a Spanish language outreach program called Ministerios Palabra de Vida (Word of Life Ministries).
Rev. Martin Valleskey was installed at St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Church in 2005 to guide this ministry. He not only worked at St. Peter's but began outreach work at Gethsemane and Christ congregations also.
A "First Friday of the month" Hispanic evangelism service was started on March 2, 2007 at Christ. On May 11, 2008 the "First Friday" service was replaced by Christ congregation's first regular Spanish Sunday service. Pastor Valleskey continued in his outreach efforts in the neighborhood with help from seminary vicars. In January 2011, Christ Church formally called him to be the 1st pastor of our Hispanic Ministry. In February, the joint southside Hispanic ministry project, Ministerios Palabra de Vida, came to an end. From that point on, each congregation had a separate ministry plan and funding agreement with Home Missions. Our Spanish congregation is now called, Christ Ev. Lutheran Church - Hispanic Ministry.
Pastor Valleskey took a Call to Costa Maya, Mexico and left at the end of October 2015.
In October 2015, a Call was extended to Rev. Chad Walta serving in Brighton, Colorado to shepherd our Hispanic Ministry. He accepted our Call and he and his wife, Julia and children, Carlos and Juliette arrived in January 2016. Pastor Walta is originally from Lake Mills, WI and has served congregations in Minnesota and Colorado, and a WELS Area Lutheran High School. He served as vicar in Puebla, Mexico were he meet his wife. With the retirement of Rev. Joel Jaeger at the end of June 2017, Pastor Walta became the 8th pastor of Christ Church. In October of 2017 he and his wife welcomed their third child, Opal into their family. In addition to his work as shepherd of God's people, he is on the WLHS Board, enjoys writing songs, playing the piano and singing. He is an avid runner and enjoys watching the Milwaukee Brewers.
Rev. Nixon Vivar
3rd Pastor of the Christ Church Hispanic Ministry
With Pastor Walta becoming the pastor of the English speaking congregation of Christ Church another pastor needed to be called to continue the outreach work of our Hispanic Ministry.
In May 2017, Rev. Nixon Vivar graduated from the Seminary's Pastoral Studies Institute (PSI) program. In June he was ordinated and installed as the 3rd pastor of the Christ Church Hispanic Ministry.
Raised in Ecuador as a Roman Catholic, he came to the United States in 1991 to join his brother and cousin in Milwaukee to gain employment since the economy of Ecuador had taken a downward turn. While attending school to learn English he met a member of St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Church on the southside. They became friends and he was eventually introduced to the St. Peter's pastor, Matt Krenke. On his days off of work he began studying with Pastor Krenke. By 2001 it was clear he knew he wanted to become a WELS pastor. Pastor Krenke introduced him to the Pastoral Studies Institute program at the Seminary.
It took nearly 15 years to complete the program while working and during that time he met his wife, Carla who was a constant source of encouragement.