Zion Lutheran Church in Belleville, Illinois, is a modern faith community with deep roots. Zion was founded by German immigrants under a charter signed on March 17,1861. Believing in Christian Education, these immigrants founded our school at nearly the same time.
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Ron & Judy Schield
My great-great-grandfather was one of the original signers of Zion in 1861. I was baptized at Zion, went to school at Zion, and confirmed at Zion. Judy was also confirmed at Zion. We married in 1961 at Zion, and our 4 children were baptized, schooled and confirmed at Zion. We will celebrate 60 years of marriage in 2022. I am a 5th generation member. So, Zion chose me. All the glory to God.
Kurt & Jessica Wampole
As a military family faced with frequent moves that take us away from family and friends, the selection of a loving church family is of utmost importance. Moving is especially difficult on our children, so finding a church where our boys feel at home is always a top priority. We are so blessed to have found Zion! Zion wasn’t the first Lutheran church we visited after moving to the area, and there are a few Lutheran churches closer to our home. However, another military family recommended Zion to us, and we knew after one visit that it was going to be our new church family. We were immediately welcomed with open arms, and our kids melded right into the thriving youth program. After 5 years of membership, these bonds are only growing stronger! We love the friendliness of our fellow Zion members, the close friends we’ve made, and the way our boys are growing and developing in the youth ministry. Moving to a new city and state is always difficult, but being welcomed into a church family such as the one we have here at Zion, makes the transition that much easier.
I joined Zion in 2003 when I moved to Belleville. I visited a number of churches before deciding on Zion. I felt a connection with the pastors and service. I also loved the music which has only gotten better! I immediately felt at home. There are lots of ways to become active at Zion. I’ve volunteered in the school, church and even went on a mission trip. With no local relatives in the area, Zion has become my family!
Ryan & Michelle Schiffner
Zion is home. We often describe our family as a five-ring circus, with all the adventure and craziness that goes along with it. Zion’s diverse portfolio of ministries, that span every ago group, offers us opportunities to serve our community. When we’re the family that’s struggling, these same ministries help our brothers and sisters in Christ come alongside and support us. Through Zion, we’ve been able to Connect, Grow, and Serve.
As a military family, our adult life has spanned 6 states, 2 OCONUS assignments, and 9 congregations. Zion is the best church we’ve come across, it’s our home, and it’s the main reason we intend on returning to the Scott AFB area after our military career is over. God blessed our family through Zion, and we hope he does the same for you.”
Aaron & Jamalyn Koch
Darrin & Jessica Baack
God used a job opportunity 16 years ago as the means for bringing us hundreds of miles to Belleville, and then He led us the rest of the way down the road to Zion. It was at Zion where three of our children were baptized and where they all enjoyed, and the younger ones continue to enjoy, a Christ-centered education at Zion’s grade school. We are blessed to be part of such an amazing community of believers, and we consider Zion our second home and the people of Zion a second family. We are thankful for the Pastors, teachers, staff, and all who make Zion what it is. Opportunities for worship, service, and fellowship have enriched our family over the years, and they continue to be an integral part of our daily lives. We are grateful for everything that Zion has done for us, and we thank God daily for leading us here.
Bob & Shannon Schmidt
Back in the fall of 1993, Bob and I moved to Belleville, IL, from Alison Viejo, CA . We church hopped around for 6 months, before Bob said, “ I have been driving by that Lutheran Church for 31 years, let’s give it a try, and they have a Christian school for our future kids.” So that Sunday, we attended Zion’s worship service, and we were welcomed by friendly faces and a wonderful pastor who preached God’s word with accuracy and passion. 28 years later, we are so thankful the Holy Spirit directed us to Zion. Our family grew up in this wonderful, Christian environment full of mercy, grace, love and support. As we walked through challenging times of brain surgery, heart surgeries, death of loved ones and challenging life situations, we had our church family around us. Our kids attend Zion Lutheran School, attended Lutheran camps, Lutheran Colleges and all met their wonder spouse through those places. We are thankful for this incredible body of leaders and believers who have pointed us to Christ and loved us through it all.
Greg & Jen Boyer
Our kids are 4th generation members of Zion Lutheran Church and 3rd generation attendees of Zion Lutheran School. The community at Zion is so supportive and strong; just couldn’t imagine our lives without it. From care during difficult times to joyous celebrations of new life at the baptismal font to hard earned team success at school sporting events, Zion is woven into every aspect of our lives in the most fantastic way. We choose Zion to boldly worship our gracious God with a family of precious believers. And we choose Zion’s school to teach our children’s minds and hearts, building them up to be on fire for Christ. We choose Zion everyday, always. We are richly blessed!