Zion’s Staff

Reverend Janet Crissinger, Senior Pastor

Reverend Jan Crissinger is in good standing with the United Church of Christ as an ordained teaching elder (pastor) in the Presbyterian Church, USA and has served in numerous congregations. Prior to her work as an interim pastor, Pastor Jan served as a hospice chaplain and as staff chaplain at St. Mayr’s in Duluth and St. Mary’s in Rochester.


Reverend Jan is the mother of two; Susannah (Gabriel Aguayo) and Victoria (Trent West) both of who live and work in Minneapolis.  An honors graduate of United Theological Seminary with bachelor’s degree in philosophy, Jan thoroughly enjoys reading, writing and research, but find the greatest happiness in the daily practice of ministry as well as just hanging out with her family and friends.


Jan has revitalized and sustained Christian education programs with church youth and has shown a strong desire to continue to teach the word of God to all ages. Those who Jan has led in the past cannot say enough good things about her ministry and the way she cares for a congregation.

Diane Frauendienst, Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper

Diane came to Zion in January of 2017. Before that, she worked for the City of Norwood Young America as City Clerk/Treasurer and the City of Henderson as Deputy Clerk.

Diane has been married to her husband Tom since 1985 and they have three children, seven grandchildren, and a chocolate lab named Tessa. When Diane is not at Zion, she is taking care of her granddaughters, working as secretary for Centennial Lutheran Church, and volunteering for Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML).

Dustin and Tonya Kahle


Currently accepting applications for Choir Director position


Additional Staff:

Brian Braun, Music Director

Sylvia Denzer, Kitchen Supervisor

Musicians: Mary Trimbo, Betty Jo Braun, Art & Barb Straub