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Our doors are open to fellow believers in Jesus Christ and to the community at large. Our Core Value of Welcome calls us to invite others for fellowship and community. All Are Welcome. Here you will find an overview of Zion’s Welcome Events.

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All Are Welcome at Zion Lutheran Church † Anoka

You are invited to come and experience God’s love at Zion Lutheran Church. Growing in Faith Together means that as followers of Christ we are never insiders/outsiders, but instead called to live life in such a way that all belong here.

About Us

Zion Lutheran Church was founded in 1870. The congregation began as a mission for the Swedish Lutheran immigrants. Today Zion Lutheran Church is a faith community of 3100 people of all ages and walks of life. Each weekend Zion worships an average of 1000 over the four weekend services. Zion Lutheran’s five core values of Welcome, Worship, Grow, Care and Serve define the community’s mission and ministry. These five values help define how God is calling the people of Zion to be a welcoming faith community, growing, caring and serving.

As passionate followers of Jesus Christ, Zion is known for wonderful music, engaging worship, a wide variety of learning opportunities for children and adults, caring ministries, strong youth programs, a deep commitment to the needs of the community and a strong global mission emphasis connected to Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea and South Sudan.

Worship

Zion Lutheran is a community with room for everyone, and all are welcome. Whether you're checking out church for the first time or returning after sometime away, we have a place for you. Saturday night and Sunday Morning Services are the main event, and we invite you to join us. Come as you are asking as many questions as you have.

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Pastor Bios

Pastor Brent Campbell

Pastor Brent Campbell

Lead Pastor at Zion

Pastor Brent Campbell has served as Lead Pastor at Zion for two years. He grew up in Fresno, California and graduated from California State University, Fresno, with a BA in Political Science. Pastor Brent received his Masters of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. He has served congregations in Montana, California and Wisconsin. He is married to Ann, who is a rostered lay leader in the ELCA, called a Deacon. Ann is the Co-Director of Children’s Ministry at Zion. Pastor Brent and Ann have three grown children, Peter, Sarah and Emily. In his free time he enjoys walking their Cocker Spaniel “Fancy”, exercising, antiquing and reading American history.

Pastor Connie Tiede

Pastor Connie Tiede

Pastor for Welcome, Worship and Mission

Pastor Connie Tiede has served at Zion for the past fourteen years – first as Pastor for Children, Youth and Family and currently as Pastor for Welcome, Worship and Mission. She grew up in New Ulm, MN and graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN with a BA in English and Religion. Pastor Connie received her Masters of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. She and her husband Mark received their first call to Vining, MN in Northwestern Minnesota (home of the Big Foot!!) Zion is her second call where she has enjoyed working with people of all ages. Her husband, Mark, is a pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis and together they have three children, Lucas, Linnea and Carolynn. When she’s not attending her kid’s sporting or choir events, she enjoys walking, gardening, movies and reading.

Pastor Sue Wallager

Pastor Sue Wallager

Pastor for Spiritual Care

Pastor Sue Wallager has served Zion for six years. She grew up in Coon Rapids, MN and graduated from Luther College, Decorah, IA with a BA in Elementary Education. Pastor Sue received her Masters of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St Paul, MN. She has served congregations throughout Minnesota. She is married to Jeff, an ELCA Chaplain at St Cloud Hospital and together they have three children, Emma, Carl and Soren. She enjoys spending time attending her children’s sports and activities, walking their dog, Mya, and spending time with her family.

Pastor James Barsch

Pastor James Barsch

Pastor of Adult Education

Pastor James Barsch has served as Pastor of Adult Education for two years. He grew up in Fond du Lac Wi and graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha WI with a BA in American History and Speech. Pastor Barsch received his Masters of Divinity degree from Hamma School of Theology in Springfield Ohio. He has served congregations in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. He has 2 adult daughters Pastor Amie Odahl and Gretchen Barsch. He has five grandchildren, Nathan, Thomas, Jorgen, Katrina, and Maggie. In his free time he enjoys playing with his dog Abby, baking,exercising,fishing, and reading.

Pastor Norm Berg

Pastor Norm Berg

Pastor for Spiritual Care/Visitation

Norm Berg is a semi-retired pastor at Zion, having served here for 20 years. His training was at the U of M, Augsburg College, and Masters of Divinity at Northwestern Lutheran Seminary and Doctorate of Ministry at Luther Seminary. Previous parishes served are in N St. Paul, Blaine, Willmar, and Olivia – all in Minnesota. He does limited hospital, nursing home, and home visits, and funerals. He is married and his three chldren live in the Twin Cities with 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. After his first wife died of ALS he married her cousin who has 4 children and several grandchildren and great grandchildren as well. He and his wife, Deloris, enjoy travel, concerts, reading, walking, and life in general with friends and family. They “commute” from Ham Lake.

Pastor Mike Rueckert

Pastor Mike Rueckert

Pastor of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries

Pastor Mike Rueckert has served Zion for one year as the Pastor of Children, Youth, and Family. He grew up in Litchfield, MN and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN with a BA in Theatre. Pastor Mike received his Masters of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. His first call was as a solo pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Ulen, MN where he served for nearly 4 years. He is married to Maren who is a Special Education Teacher at Oxbow Creek Elementary in Champlin, MN. In his free time, Pastor Mike likes walking their two dogs, Kiza and Toby, biking, and watching Netflix.

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Community Life

Caring is one of Zion Lutheran Church’s core values. At the center of community life is the call for all the followers of Jesus Christ to be caring people. We all live in an often impersonal world. The hope that the Zion faith community has is that we will be a safe, welcoming and caring “third place for you.” What do we mean by “third place?” Our homes and work are the first and second “places” where we spend our time. The “third place” is where meaning and purpose is grounded in God and in a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ. The “third place,” or local faith community is also where you are cared for and called to care for others.

You are invited into this community of faith, where pastors and members of Zion are here to care for you in all of life’s challenges. You are needed here at Zion, to bring your gifts, care and love for others who are in need.

That is what community life as a faith community is about: receiving when we are in need of God’s love and sharing the love we have been given when others are in need.