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Pastor Chris Kumpula

Pastor Chris Kumpula

Hey there! I'm Chris, and I'm the pastor here at Zion. I'm married to my best friend, Becca, and we have five kids (ages 1-7), so you can imagine that our house is always hopping. When we're not at church or doing family stuff in Tioga, we’re playing outside with the dog or “loading up the wagons” to head out and hang out.

I love being a pastor because it gives me the opportunity to help people grow in their faith and make relationships with other people. I get to tell people about what Jesus means to me and our church family. My goal is for everyone at Zion to feel welcomed, loved, and fed. You won’t have a hard time finding us working, teaching, cooking, singing, parenting, playing, living- life is truly good with Jesus! Drop a line anytime- see you around town!


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B.A. University of Saint Thomas, St Paul, MN
M.Div. Free Lutheran Seminary, Plymouth, MN

Admin Barb Larson

Barb Larson

Hi! My name is Barb, and I serve as Zion's Administrative Assistant. I'm here to handle daily office operations and support our visitation ministry.

Whether you have questions about upcoming events, need assistance with finance or ministry communications, or you simply want to say hello, please feel free to call, write, or visit. I'm always happy to lend a helping hand! My husband Dan and I are transplants from Minnesota and have lived in Tioga for over 10 years. We enjoy being grandparents to 7 amazing grandchildren! We love being a part of this wonderful community and have been so blessed to be part of Zion. Don't hesitate to reach out!


Kari Skalicky Early Childhood

Kari Skalicky

Hello! My name is Kari and I'm Zion's new Early Childhood Ministry Director. I have lots of experience with young kids from working in daycare, helping in preschool, teaching VBS, and caring for my own kids. I'm so excited to be a part of this new opportunity in Tioga! 

I was born and raised in Tioga and have always called Zion my church home. I currently live near Noonan with my husband and 2 children. We love to spend our free time traveling, camping, and spending time together outside! Please feel free to reach out with any questions regarding our new ministry!


Ministry Boards

Our congregation relies on boards of the congregation to support active ministry leaders and teams. 

Deacon Board

Support of shepherding, visitation, & teaching 


Governance and monthly business of the church

Trustee Board

Manage finances and property of the church


Support of ministry for women, kids, & hospitality

Christian Education

Support education and discipleship ministries

Youth Ministry

Support youth community, mentorship, & growth

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