Pastor Byron's call as Senior Pastor at Zion began in April 2009. He has previously served parishes in Alamo, North Dakota, Whalan, Minnesota and Wanamingo, Minnesota. Married to Lois for 35 years, they have the joy of being parents to five daughters: Sarah, Alecia, Hannah, Laura and Christina. Pastor Byron grew up on a farm near Hendrum, Minnesota, graduated from California Lutheran Bible School and Azusa Pacific University with a major in Social Work prior to attending Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Pastor Byron is an avid Minnesota Twins fan (sometimes a great tester of patience) and finds much joy in outdoor work projects. His favorite Bible verse is John 10:10 where Jesus says, "I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly".
Pastor Byron Meline
Pastor Emily became the Associate Pastor at Zion in August of 2009. She was raised in Iowa, but has warmly embraced life in the state of Minnesota. She attended Wartburg College and explored many majors before eventually ending up with a degree in English Literature. Pastor Emily attended seminary at The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
You can read her weekly column "The Lady Pastor" in the Rochester Post-Bulletin; she blogs daily at: http://www.theladypastor.com. Her favorite Bible verse is Mark 9:23: "Everything is possible for those who believe."
Pastor Emily Carson
Anna joined the staff at Zion in August of 2010 as Youth Director. She was born and raised in Owatonna, MN. She graduated from Mankato State University with a degree in Spanish. She enjoys running, traveling and reading.
Favorite Bible Verse: "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." -John 15:12
Wendy joined the staff at Zion in September of 2000 as the Office Manager. She was raised in Grand Meadow, MN. She graduated from Albert Lea Technical College with a degree in Accounting. She married Rob in 1990 and has one son, Travis. They live near Ostrander.
Sunday School Coordinator