Zion staff

  • Pastor  James Gronbeck

    I was born and raised in Henning, MN just twenty miles from Zion. I graduated from Henning High School , Fergus Falls Community College with an Associate of Arts degree, Moorhead State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Speech Communications/Mass Communications, and from Luther Seminary in St. Paul with a Master of Divinity Degree.

    I have been married to Julie (Baumgartner) Gronbeck and we have three children: Matt (Meghan) Gronbeck, Andrea (Dan) Krenz, and Kristen (Kyle) Akervik. We are the proud grandparents of three: Addyson and Mason Gronbeck, and Savannah Krenz.

    Growing up I spent many summers with my cousins on Otter Tail Lake so living in this beautiful part of Otter Tail County is familiar yet still a blessing I treasure. I enjoy every minute I can spend with my grandchildren and children. Previous to Zion I served churches in Cromwell and Wright, MN.

    E-mail: zionamor@prtel.com

  • Office Manager - Mitzi Parker

    Mitzi joined Zion on April 22, 2020.  (Additional info will be forthcoming.)

    E-mail:  zionamoroffice@prtel.com

  • CHOIR DIRECTOR - Dana Peterson

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    My wife and I recently became full time Minnesota residents. We moved to the Battle Lake area after over 30 years in Bismarck, ND. My wife, Deniseis still employed by American Bank Center in Bismarck and works full time from our home. We have three grown children and four grandchildren. I have retired from the teaching profession.

    I was born in Moorhead, Minnesota where I was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. I attended NDSU where I was active at the

    Lutheran Center. It was there that I met my wife. I very strongly considered attending seminary but after prayerful consideration decided that

    was not God's plan for me. While in college I worked as the youth director for Golden Ridge Lutheran Church and later spent a year working for Lutheran

    Campus Ministry in Bismarck, ND. After a move to Brocket, ND my wife and I served as youth directors for United Lutheran Church in Brocket. After three years we moved to Bismarck,ND where we joined and were active in Lutheran Church of the Cross. While there I served on the youth, education, and worship committees. I also delivered children's sermons and taught both Sunday school and confirmation. With Pastor Keith Odney I prepared and led a yearly Seder feast for 5th grade students as part of their first communion experience. I was a member of the Western North Dakota ELCA Synod GIFTS Program. In my life I have held a number of positions. I've worked as a manager, a salesman, a mover, an artistic director, an executive director, a coach, and a teacher. I've worked for myself and for others. I've had complete control over my schedule and no control over my time. Whatever my career, I have always focused on my faith journey. I currently am on the NW Minnesota ELCA Synod supply preaching list and find preaching extremely fulfilling. I look forward to this new adventure in Faith. I ask that you share your vision of Christian education with me. I ask also that you keep me in your prayers. If God is for us, who can be against us?

    El. J. Arntson

    E-mail:  zionamoreducation@prtel.com