Our Ministry Team

Pastor Byron Meline
Senior Pastor
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 since 1976, they have the joy of being parents to five daughters: Sarah, Alecia, Hannah, Laura and Christina.  They also have 5 grandchildren. 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 Kim (Cassid
y) Kyllo
Associate Pastor

Pastor Kim's call as Associate Pastor began in September 2014.  Prior to serving Zion, she studied at Luther Seminary in St. Paul.  During that time she served congregations in New Hope, Bemidji, and Forest Lake, Minnesota in non-ordained roles.  Pastor Kim grew up in Watertown, Minnesota and completed her undergraduate studies in religion and psychology at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Since moving to Stewartville, Pastor Kim married Todd, and they have a daughter, Arin and son, Owen.

Pastor Kim enjoys spending time in God's great northwoods - especially fishing and canoeing - as well as running, swimming, quilting, and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite Bible verse is John 1:5 "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it."


Kailea Mattheis
Director of Youth and Family Ministries

Kailea joined the staff at Zion Lutheran in February of 2019 as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries. She grew up in Hartford, South Dakota just west of Sioux Falls. She graduated from Augustana College (now University) in 2015, where she studied Religion. Following college, she attended Wartburg Theological Seminary and holds a Master of Arts degree. she currently lives in Rochester, Minnesota. In her free time, Kailea enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephew, and her puppy, Nellie. 


Wendy Kauffmann
Office Manager

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.

Wendy Weber

Children's Ministry Coordinator


Wendy has been a member of Zion since her baptism.  She has been on staff at Zion since November of 2009


Beverly Wise, RN, BSN
Parish Nurse

Beverly Wise has been a member of Zion since 1981.  Bev has been married to Ken for 20 years.  They are blessed with four grandchildren.  Bev graduated from Naeve Hospital School of Nursing in 1974.  She earned her BSN from Augsburg College in 2001.  Bev worked at Mayo for 40 years in the operating room.  She completed training as a Parish Nurse in March of 2014.

Bev’s hobbies include reading, quilting, knitting, and spending time with family and friends. 

Gordy Koehn

Dan Goodew
Wellspring Coordinator

Jo Schimek

Mike Reese
Building Supervisor