Our Mission

We proclaim Christ Jesus as the Risen Lord and Savior, to our community by educating, caring and serving.

Our Beliefs

In grateful response to God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities, and the world.
With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God’s Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.Being “Lutheran,” our congregations accept and teach Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Scripture alone, Faith alone.

Grace Alone

God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.

Faith Alone

By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

Scripture Alone

The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine. The word “Synod” in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod comes from the Greek words that mean “walking together.” It has rich meaning in our church body, because the congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. Diverse in their service, these congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. The congregations of the Synod are “confessional.” They hold to the Lutheran Confessions as the correct interpretation and presentation of Biblical doctrine. Contained in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, these statements of belief were put into writing by church leaders during the 16th century. (The simplest of these is Luther’s Small Catechism. The Augsburg Confession gives more detail on what Lutherans believe.

Zion’s Friendly Faces

Jason Taylor | PASTOR
Pastor Taylor was born and raised in Caldwell, Idaho. He earned his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary. He is married to Jennifer, and has four children. Pastor Taylor enjoys golfing in his spare time.
Kathy was born and raised in New Palestine, IN. She is married to Brett. They have three boys. They enjoy the outdoors, fishing, and hiking.
Kristie Sombke | PRINCIPAL
Kristie was born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN. She has her bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, Nebraska. She specializes in Early Childhood Education, Administration, and Parent Education. Kristie is married to Brad Sombke and they have two children.
Carol Rosenthal | ORGANIST
Carol was born and raised in Mt. Olive, Illinois, and earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Illinois University. She has served as organist for Zion Lutheran Church since 1983. Carol is married to Jeff, and they have two grown daughters, and one granddaughter. Together they enjoy serving their church and school, and traveling.


Luke Finchum
Middle School – 8th Grade / Athletic Director / Technology Coordinator
Beth Lewer
Middle School – 7th Grade / Hymn Choir Director
Susan Seying
Middle School – 6th Grade
Jena Schumacher
Middle School – 5th grade
Kim Knippenberg
4th grade
Kristen Brutcher
3rd grade
Brenda Crawford
2nd grade / Children’s Choir Director
Susan Sass
1st Grade
Kristin Henderson
Chelsea Everhart
Librarian / Kindergarten Assistant
Angie Singer
Preschool director / Pre-k Teacher
Heather Hall
Pre-K Teacher
Kristin Keller
Preschool 3’s Teacher
Jodee Tuggle
Preschool 3’s Teacher
Heather Hall
Preshool Assistant
Brooke Sass
Preshool Assistant
Monica Landes
Preshool Assistant
Carol Rosenthal
Music Director/ School Choir Director/ Handbell Director
Debbie Dirr
Instructional Assistant
Betsey Salyer
Resource Development Coordinator
Liz Amberger
Church Secretary
Sara Everhart
School Secretary / Financial Assistant
Marlene Schroeder
School Lunch Director
Worship Times
Saturday 5:00 pm – Praise Worship Service
Sunday 8:00 am – Traditional Worship
9:15 am – Sunday School/Bible Classes
10:30 am – Traditional Worship