Staff

Zion’s staff is here to support your faith journey, regardless of where you are on the path to spiritual maturity. We work together to provide opportunities for you and your family to connect with God and others, grow your faith, and serve our communities.

Pastor Chris Spelbring

Senior Pastor
Pastor Chris came to Zion in 2015 to serve as Associate Pastor after serving First Lutheran Church in Venice, California, where he was ordained in 2011. He was installed as Zion's Senior Pastor in November 2020. Pastor Chris and his wife Faith have four children ranging in age from first grade through high school. Pastor Chris enjoys being a dad and fitting in a run whenever he can. He is a gifted preacher and teacher.

KerriAnn Schmid

Director of Christian Education – Family Ministry KerriAnn came to Zion right out of college to lead our Youth Ministry in 2001. She is transitioning to a new role in Family Ministry. Her passion is to help parents and grandparents bring the love of Jesus into their homes and provide education and events to help strengthen our families and community. KerriAnn’s husband, JP, is a teacher at Zion Lutheran School. They have two young children.

Jaime Brinkmann

Director of Christian Education – Youth Ministry Jaime joined the Zion team in March 2022. She is working with Zion’s Youth from 7th through 12th grades and with Young Adults. She enjoys the challenge of bringing the Bible to life and getting students excited about their relationship with Jesus. Jaime and her husband, Thomas, spent a year in the mission field in Panama prior to settling in the Belleville area in 2008. They have 4 sons and enjoy hiking together, eating outdoors on the deck, sitting around the fire, and coaching the boys' sports and activities.

Dawn Tayon

Minister of Music
Dawn has served as Zion’s Minister of Music since 2005. She is responsible for all things music at Zion Lutheran Church – organist, praise band, choir, handbells, orchestra, etc. Dawn and her husband Craig have two grown children and own a farm in southeastern Missouri.

Ananda Baron

Principal of Zion Lutheran School
Ananda has been the principal of Zion Lutheran School since 2015. Prior to that, she served as our 7th grade homeroom teacher and upper grade choral music director. Ananda and her husband, Chris, often play and sing in our praise band and have three young sons. She recently completed her Master of Arts degree in School Administration.

Tim Reeb

Director of Finance & Administration
Tim serves as the finance administrator, ensuring all of Zion’s business matters are handled efficiently and properly reported. Tim enjoys helping his son coach a college soccer team, imparting his wisdom to the young men. He also is supportive of his oldest daughter’s dance school. He and his wife, Bev, have five grandchildren. The Holly Reeb Scholarship Fund is in memory of their youngest daughter.

Carol Kalkwarf

Church Office Administrator
Carol joined the Zion team in 2020 after 30 years in the marketing research business. Her years of project management experience are very helpful in her Zion role. Carol and her husband, Nate, have two adult children. Carol enjoys baking, cooking, shopping, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Melanie Meyer

Business Office Associate
Melanie handles human resources at Zion and also works with the financial side dealing with accounts payable and receivable. Melanie and her husband, Jake, have two children. In her spare time, Melanie likes to hike, spend time with family and friends, and knit.

Becky Schnitzius

Seniors in Ministry Associate
Becky is a life-time member of Zion and joined Zion’s staff in 2021. Becky is a registered nurse with many years of experience working as a Home Care RN. Her experience helping patients with their physical, social, and emotional needs is a great asset in her role working with the older members of Zion. Becky and her husband, Dan, have two grown sons and two grandchildren.