Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
Zion is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). We believe in Jesus Christ, our Savior, the Holy Triune God, and confess the Nicene Creed. We are not shy about our faith, but rather take to heart the words of God "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to every creature". We invite you to learn and live your faith!
We invite you to worship with us and learn more about our congregation: its pastors, leaders and staff; its opportunities for worship and growth; and its beliefs, programs of Christian education, and opportunities for fellowship.
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church exists to glorify the Triune God by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to our families,our community, and the world.
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Winthrop, Minnesota was organized in 1899 as they met in their little chapel under the leadership of Pastor Justus Naumann from Immanuel Lutheran, Gibbon, Minnesota. Heir first called minister was Pastor Herman C. Ritz who was ordained and installed on July 29, 1900. A parsonage was built in 1901. In 1904 a church was purchased from the First Lutheran (Swedish) Church in Winthrop and moved to Fourth Street and Renville south of the Public School. The parsonage was then moved next to it.
The first church was converted to a parochial school. The present church was dedicated to the call of service of the Triune god on June 4, 1967.
Called pastors serving throughout the 100 years of Grace were:
Pastor Herman C. Ritz 1900-1909
Pastor Peter Schlemiel 1909-1911
Pastor August C. Barz 1911-1920
Pastor C. Wm. A. Kuehner 1920-1963
Pastor W. J. Oelhafen 1964-1974
Pastor Lee Strackbein 1975-1979
Pastor John Stellick 1980-1997
Pastor Paul Tessmer served Zion since 1998. Prior to that he served as Pastor in Omaha, NE. He and his wife Deb have 3 children. He enjoys music, playing piano and organ, and serves as coordinator of the Minnesota District Worship Committee. Pastor enjoys sharing the good news of Jesus.