Our Pastors

Rev. Dr. Scott Murray

Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray is Senior Pastor at Memorial Lutheran Church and School, Houston, Texas. He has served MLC&S since 1996, following pastorates in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada and New Orleans, Louisiana. He loves to teach and share the gospel in small groups and Bible classes. God has blessed him with Maryann, his wife of 32 years, and their two daughters, Anastasia and Hilary. His hobbies are collecting books and listening to classical music. Pastor Murray holds the degrees of B.A. from Concordia College, Ann Arbor; M.Div. from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne; M.A. from Loyola University, New Orleans; and Ph.D from New Orleans Baptist Seminary, New Orleans. He has served the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod on the synod's Commission on Theology and Church Relations (1996-2001) and the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Education Association of Houston (2001-2007). He writes the Memorial Moment, a daily devotion based on the church fathers, which is distributed to an international list of more than 2300 subscribers. He served as the Chair of the Luther Academy Board of Directors (2012-2015). He is the author of numerous journal articles and two books: Law, Life, and the Living God (2002) and A Year With the Church Fathers (2011) published by Concordia Publishing House. He is fourth vice-president of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in the West Southwestern Region (2010-present).

Rev. Ian Pacey

Associate Pastor

Rev. Ian Stewart Pacey was born and raised in Orange County, California.  He is married to Clarissa.  They have two children.  Rev. Pacey studied at UCLA (B.A., Political Science 1992), Concordia Theological Seminary (M.Div., Pastoral Theology 2000), and Drew University (M.Phil., Liturgical Studies 2004).  His vicarage was at Montana State University (Bozeman, MT) and he was ordained 31 December 2000 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Brooklyn, NY).  Reverend Pacey previously served as Campus Chaplain at the University of Arizona and as the Assistant Campus Ministry Coordinator for The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Rev. Richard Gaub

Assistant Pastor, Teacher

Rev. Richard Gaub serves as middle school teacher of English, Literature, Math, and Religion. He attended Elgin Community College, Northern Illinois University, and earned the Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Rev. Gaub has served as pastor and headmaster of schools in Wyoming, Virginia, and California. Rev. and Mrs. Gaub have four children and three grandchildren.

Rev. Sagar Pilli

Assistant Pastor, Missionary

Rev. Sagar Pilli was born and raised in Andhra Pradesh, India. His mother tongue is Telugu. His wife is Malini and their only daughter is Michelle Alika. Rev. Pilli received four University degrees from different Universities. B.A., with a major in English Language and Literature from Andhra University India (1983), M.A., with a major in English Language and Literature from Andhra University India (1986), B.Th. from the University of Auckland in New Zealand (1996), and M.Div. (2005) from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Pastor Pilli received CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) certification from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is also a certified Mission Planter of LCMS and received his training from Mission Planters Institute in California, Irvine.  Pastor Pilli likes continuing education and wants to learn Latin and German languages in the future. Pastor Pilli started his missionary work as a Deacon at St. Paul Lutheran church in Fort Worth, TX and served the Asian Indian community in the DFW area. Pastor Pilli’s vicarage was at St. Paul Lutheran church in Hamel, IL., where he fell in love with Confessional Lutheran theology. Pastor Pilli is a major proponent of Confessional Lutheran Theology in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in India. Before beginning his missionary work at Memorial, pastor Pilli served three years as a sole pastor at Christ Redeemer Lutheran church in La Porte, Texas.