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The Staff at Zion


Pr. Mike Hanson    Pastor Scott Adams

Pastor Mike and his wife Elaine have three children and two grand children. Prior to this call the Hanson family spent 12 years in Cameroon, West Africa; where Pastor Mike was the director of a bible school and pastor of a large congregation in town. Following that he served Trinity Lutheran in South Minneapolis for 8 years. And most recently has served as interim pastor for two congregations in the Twin Cities.

"The Lord Jesus is Lord of ALL. Sometimes we forget that His lordship truly covers the entire earth, even the parts of the earth in distress and suffering. From the first days of creation God has chosen us as his agents, which means we have a mission: to bring God's Good News to every part of this vast Kingdom. God does not rule alone. We are called to serve our Master in truth and righteousness."

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Program Staff




  Gina Olson

Gina Olson
Director, Senior Choir

Gina joined Zion Lutheran Church in the fall of 1984. The following year, she took on the position of Kids of the Kingdom Choir Director. She sees music ministry as a means for improving self-esteem in children. She is committed to sharing with each child at worship how important they are to God and to the Church.

Gina, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, holds a BA in Music Education and French from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Along-side her church activities, she teaches piano privately in her home.

Gina and her husband have two musically-talented young adult daughters who are active in church as well. Gina enjoys quilting and other needlecraft, decorating, and desktop publishing. She and her family also partake in her husband’s passion — sailing Lake Pepin.



Administrative Staff


  Diane Purcell

Diane Purcell

Diane has faithfully kept the books at Zion for many years. She is also our expert on parlimentary and committee procedures.

Diane also is the treasurer for Minnesota Via de Cristo.