Our Staff & What We Believe

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

  Staff

Rev. Christine L. Farrow The oldest of four children, Pastor Chris Farrow was born in a small farming community in south-central Wisconsin. Upon graduation from high school, she spent a year in Dortmund, Germany as a governess. She then attended Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin, and graduated in 1986 with a BA, Magna Cum Laude, majoring in Psychology, Sociology, and German. She spent her junior year abroad, studying at Phillips Universitaet in Marburg, Germany.
 
She graduated from Luther (Northwestern) Seminary in 1990. Her internship was at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Bettendorf, Iowa. She has served Metigoshe Lutheran Church, Bottineau, ND (1990-1992) and St. Paul’s Lutheran in Hampton, Virginia from 1999 to May 2015. 
 
Pastor Chris is trained in Critical Incident Response Teams, Healthy Congregations (Bowen Family Systems), & is well versed in the area of special needs (esp. Autism). Accessibility and advocacy for full inclusion, are her passions.
 
 
Meredith Cockrell, Administrative Assistant
 
John Zamudio, Contemporary Worship Leader and Director of Youth
John brings a wealth of experience from serving in several churches throughout Texas in various worship music positions.  A graduate of Schreiner University, John is currently pursuing a Masters in Divinity at George W. Truett Seminary in Waco.  
 
Wade Gidley, Organist
 
Andy & Carmen Salinas, Church Groundskeeper & Caretaker
Andy & Carmen have worked for the Church over 30 years!  They do a wonderful job of taking care of the grounds and preparing for service and other programs each week.  Zion is truly blessed to have them.
 

What We Believe

A Faith Founded On Good News

Lutherans are Christians who accept  the teachings of Martin Luther (1483 – 1546). Luther was a German theologian  who realized that there were significant differences between what he read in  the Bible and the practices of the Roman Catholic church at that time. On  October 31, 1517, he posted a challenge on the door of Wittenberg University,  titled “95 Theses” (to debate 95 theological issues). His hope was that the  church would reform its practice and preaching to be more consistent with the  Word of God as contained in the Bible.

What started as an academic debate escalated into a  distinct separation between the Roman Catholic church of the time and those who  accepted Luther’s suggested reforms. Lutheran; became the name of  the group that agreed with Luther’s convictions.

Today, nearly five centuries later, Lutherans still  celebrate the Reformation on October 31 and still hold to the basic principles  of Luther’s theological teachings, such as Grace alone, Faith alone,  Scripture alone. These comprise the very essence of Lutheranism

  • We are saved by the grace of God alone — not by anything we do;
  • Our salvation is through faith alone — we only need to trust God made known in Christ who promises us forgiveness, life  and salvation; and
  • The Bible is the norm for faith and life — the true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged.

Over the years, different Lutheran church bodies have been  established and organized to meet the needs of Lutherans in communities and  nations all over the world. The Evangelical  Lutheran Church  in America, of which we are a part of, is the largest  Lutheran group in North America, founded in 1988 when three North American  Lutheran church bodies united: The American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches and the Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA is divided into Synods; we are a part of the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod. We just elected a new Bishop, Rev. Erik Gronberg and we’re very excited about this new chapter.

Lutherans are part of a reforming movement within the whole  Christian church; as a part of practicing their faith, the Evangelical Lutheran  Church in America and its predecessors have  engaged in ecumenical dialogue with other church bodies for decades. In fact, the ELCA has entered into cooperative; full communion; agreements (sharing common convictions about theology, mission and worship) with several  other Protestant denominations, including

  • The Moravian Church
  • The Episcopal Church
  • The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • The Reformed Church in America
  • The United Church of Christ
  • The United Methodist Church
The ELCA has an ongoing dialogue with the Roman Catholic  Church, and in 1999, representatives of the Lutheran World Federation and the  Roman Catholic Church signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. This represented a historic consensus on key issues of faith and called for further dialogue and study together.
Our church is also a global church, part of the Lutheran World Federation. Our partner Synod is the Evengelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone.

Lutheranism is a faith tradition that is open to all, regardless of background. The ELCA alone is almost five million members strong, with nearly 10,500 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. We welcome  you to learn more about our church and find out how we can help you along  life’s path.