Our Pastors

Our Pastors

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.

Email: bcampbell@zionanoka.org

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.

Email: ctiede@zionanoka.org

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.

Email: swallager@zionanoka.org

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.

Email: jbarsch@zionanoka.org

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 University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, and Masters of Divinity at Northwestern Lutheran Seminary and Doctorate of Ministry at Luther Seminary. Previous parishes served are in North 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.

Email: nberg@zionanoka.org

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.

Email: mrueckert@zionanoka.org

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