IT ALL STARTS WITH A SEED...
At Zion Covenant Church, we invite people from all walks of life to join us in our mission to PLANT, GROW, & HARVEST. It comes from a metaphor that Jesus used to teach about our faith journey. It's called the story of the sower and the seed:
“A Farmer went out to sow his seed.” - Luke 8:5
In the parable of the sower and the seed, Jesus explained that the seed is God’s Word planted in the hearts and minds of people. Our mission is to spread the Good News of Jesus and invite people to follow Him.
Matthew 13:23 - But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
"Grow in grace & understanding of Jesus." - 2 Peter 3:18
Any seed planted is expected to grow. So we commit to cultivating and growing in our life with God. Our desire is to be closer to God in community; encouraging and challenging, depending on and supporting each other in our journey together with Jesus.
Ephesians 4:15 - God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love - like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do.
"What a huge harvest...How few workers." - Matthew 9:37
Jesus said it best when he told his followers that the harvest was plentiful but the workers are few. We seek to partner with Christ, knowing we are sent into the world to Love God and Love others, teaching everyone about Jesus as we live our lives inside and outside of our walls here at ZCC.
John 15:5 - I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can't produce a thing.
The Zion Team
Dave has been Lead Pastor at Zion since July 2012. Dave has had over 20-years of church ministry experience. Dave has served on staff with Church of the Open Door (Maple Grove, MN) and Crossroads Church (Woodbury, MN). Dave spent three years as a Church Planter for the Evangelical Covenant Church. Dave is a graduate of the University of Northwestern (St.Paul, MN) and received his Masters of Divinity from Bethel Theological Seminary (St. Paul, MN). Dave is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Covenant Church. He is married to his wife Leslee and together they have two children, Ethan and Macy. He enjoys skiing and snowmobiling during the winter. In the summer he enjoys golfing, hiking, and trout fishing on the Rush River.
Director of Worship
Born and raised in Ellsworth, Jessica Penn is our Director of Worship and has been since December 2012. She is an accomplished musician, singer, and violin teacher in the local school districts. Jessica is married to her husband, Billy and they have two boys, William and Henry. You can find Jessica at church rehearsing with the Worship Team on Wednesday nights or on Sunday mornings. Jessica is passionate about leading people in worship; celebrating and singing of Jesus and His great love, grace, mercy and forgiveness.
Children's Ministry Coordinator
Sarah Lawrence is our Children's Ministry Coordinator. Before coming on staff in October, 2013, Sarah and her husband Joe were attending Zion. Together, they were instrumental in starting and Zion Kids, our children's ministry. Sarah and her husband Joe, have two children, Claire and Andrew. Sarah is passionate about children's ministry and has a strong sense of calling to children and family ministries. We are excited to have her on staff at Zion as she will continue to oversee and give direction to our Sunday morning and Wednesday night children's ministries, as well as nursery care on Sunday mornings.
Director of Youth Ministries
Keith is our newest staff member at Zion Covenant Church. Before coming to Zion Covenant, he was Interim Youth Pastor at First Covenant Church (Red Wing, MN.) He also served as an intern at Crossroads Church (Loveland, Colorado.) He has a passion for working with students and their families and seeing them grow in their faith while learning to make it their own. Keith is a graduate of North Park University (Chicago, IL) with a degree in Biblical Studies and received his Master of Arts in Youth & Family Ministries with an emphasis in Counseling Ministries from Denver Theological Seminary (Denver, CO.) Keith is married to his wife Alicia and they have a Corgi named Watson. Keith loves the Denver Broncos, the Colorado Rockies and pretty much all things Colorado.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ Q1. Zion Covenant - That's a Strange Name for a Church?
Zion is the name for the ancient City of Jerusalem, the city where people would come and worship God and celebrate His goodness and His grace. Covenant - simply means "to promise" - it comes from the name of our larger church family, The Evangelical Covenant Church of America.
+ Q2. What's Worship Like? Do I Need to Dress Up?
The worship team leads in contemporary worship. Our Pastor teaches about God and His role in our lives. Dress up or dress down, we don't care.
+ Q3. What Kind of Church is Zion Covenant?
Zion is a part of the Evangelical Covenant Church which gathers around the central truth of the Bible: YOU MATTER TO GOD. We are constantly seeking to grow in our relationship with Christ and to invite others into their own relationship with God and His people. We are striving to understand what God is doing in the world around us and seeking to join with Him whether it be right here in Ellsworth, Pierce County, or around the world.
+ Q4. What Time Do You Worship?
We invite you to join us to celebrate life among a vibrant, compassionate community of people as we worship Christ, study God's Word and serve our community. Currently, during the summer, we gather to worship on Sunday mornings at 9:30am.
+ Q5. What Is There For Our Children?
We offer ZionKids on Wednesday nights. ZionKids is a Bible-based children's ministry held on Wednesday evenings for kids preschool through 5th grade. On Sunday mornings full nursery care and ZionKids for children pre-K through 5th grade, is offered during the teaching time. Learn more about all our ministries here.
+ Q6. Does Zion have a Youth Ministry?
In partnership with Bethel Covenant Church, FUSION was created. FUSION is our Youth Ministry for students in 6th through 12th grade. FUSION meets on Wednesday nights during the school year at Bethel Covenant Church, starting with a meal at 5:30pm. Following the meal, at 6:00pm, there is a time of games, worship, teaching and small groups. The evening wraps up at 7:15pm. A shuttle leaves from Zion to take students to Bethel at 5:15pm and will return the students to Zion at 7:30pm every Wednesday night. Learn more about Fusion.
+ Q7. Are There Small Groups?
Yes, take a look at our Small Groups page. We have a number of options and would love to have you join us! If you are interested in joining a Small Group, please let us know! If you have questions or are interested in joining a small group send an email to email@example.com.
+ Q8. Totally Free Meal On Wednesdays....What's The Catch?
No catch, bring the whole family - everyone is welcome to come and eat! Food is served at 5:15pm with Kids Quest starting immediately following at 6:00pm and ending at 7:30pm.
+ Q9. You Really Just Want Our Money Right?
Nope, in fact, if you are our guest we don't expect you to give during the offering time. Simply put, your visiting with us is a gift enough!
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