About Our Church

Our Mission Statement

In grateful response to God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, we will vigorously make know the love of Jesus by word and deed within in our church, community and the world.

One Mission

The members of Zion shall seek opportunities to be joyfully engaged in the proclamation of the Gospel in both word and deed in our church, community and the world.

(2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

One Message

The message of Law and Gospel is proclaimed powerfully in our church, community and the world with evangelical urgency; cultural sensitivity; Lutheran fidelity; and biblical clarity to transform lives in time for eternity.

(2 Corinthians 5:21).

One People

The members of Zion are one people, in Christ, intentionally working together in faithfulness with mutual love and respect.

(1 Peter 2:9)

Welcome to Zion Lutheran

“Zion Lutheran’s congregation is here to bring you Good News: God loves you. God loves you so much He went to the extreme of sacrificing His Son to bring you home to Him. Every barrier that would keep you from a loving relationship with your Father is gone because of Jesus. Want to know more? You are welcome anytime to join us in worship, to hear God speak to you from his Word, and to be with your brothers and sisters in Christ.”

– Pastor Neumann

Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

Our church could not function without the many volunteers that carry out various aspects of ministry here. The members of the Board of Directors and Board of Lay Elders  are responsible for overseeing the ministry of Zion as a whole.

Tina Raasch

Treasurer

Tina Raasch was born and raised in Edgar, WI. She has lived in Colby, WI most of her adult life. Zion was her church home until her marriage to Brian. She now regularly attends church with him. Tina has three grown stepchildren and one granddaughter. Tina enjoys reading, gardening, sightseeing, and spending time with her family. She especially looks forward to sleepovers with her granddaughter.

Vacancy Pastor

Pastor

Pastor Chris Schwanz is a graduate of Concordia-St. Paul and Concordia Theological Seminary-Ft Wayne. He has served congregations in Iowa and Wisconsin, most recently Immanuel/Marshfield. After completing his fourth extended unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, he became a full time Chaplain at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield and currently serves as Manager of Spiritual Services at the Marshfield Medial Center, Marshfield.

Pastor Chris and Heidi(Helm) celebrated their 35th anniversary this year. Heidi is originally from a dairy farm in rural Chili, Wisconsin. They have five children-Nathan(Tori), Ryan(Kristen), Bradley, Zachary(Rebecca) and Joy. Pastor Chris and Heidi are grandparents to Clare, Levi, Jace, and Hudson with a girl and a boy on the way. Pastor Chris’s parents, George and Jerine, reside in Minnesota. He has two sisters, Annette and Sue Ann, and two brothers, Michael and Steven.

Heidi currently serves as Secretary at Immanuel/Marshfield. She enjoys anything having to do with homemaking-especially cooking, quilting and gardening. She is also a piano teacher and on occasion fills in at local churches when a pianist is needed.

Pastor Chris golfs in the summer and curls in the winter. He and Heidi have curled throughout Canada. They enjoy camping and the outdoors. Pastor Chris also enjoys canoeing and kayaking as he once worked for the Forest Service maintaining portages and campsites in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Northern Minnesota.

Karen Boss

Karen Boss

Karen Boss was born and raised in southeastern Minnesota. She attended school in Minneapolis for Travel and Tourism, and then worked at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, IL, where she met her husband, John. They moved to Wisconsin and had two sons. Karen was employed at a travel agency for 14 years before coming to Zion. She has been a dedicated employee at Zion since 2000, working as church secretary and in the Zion Early Childhood Center.

Board of Directors

Al Prehn

Al Prehn

Kurt Frome

Kurt Frome

Paula Mader

Paula Mader

Jim Hirsch

Jim Hirsch

Karen Huber

Karen Huber

Richard Strathmann

Richard Strathmann

Doug Hogden

Doug Hogden

Board of Lay Elders

Larry Mader

Larry Mader

Steve Sprotte

Steve Sprotte

Gary Schraufnagel

Gary Schraufnagel

Gerald Baumann

Gerald Baumann

Ken Klimpke

Ken Klimpke

Clem Klimpke

Clem Klimpke

Brad Wolf

Brad Wolf

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

Contact & Visiting Info

Worship Gatherings

Sunday at 9:00 AM

Address

PO Box 438
301 N 2nd St.
Colby, WI 54421

Phone

(715) 223-2166

Email

admin@zionlutheranchurchcolbywi.com