A Farewell Potluck will be held for Pastor Kent on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at approximately 12:15 p.m. (following the 10:45 worship service). Hope to see you there!




(From a letter from Pastor Kent sent to the Zion community on August 9, 2017)

Dear Members and Friends of Zion Lutheran Church,

Today I need to fill you in on an important shift in my calling…

For 12 years I’ve had the joyful and honorable calling of serving as your pastor. I’ve often thought to myself, “you know, there’s really no other congregation in the world that I would rather serve than Zion!”

But now an unexpected and different kind of call has been placed upon me. This is not a call to serve another congregation. Rather, this is a call that relates to about 160 congregations!

Specifically, I’ve been called to serve on our Bishop’s staff as the Director of Leadership Development and Congregational Vitality. The role will also involve serving our denomination (ELCA) in Northwestern Ohio as the Director of Evangelical Mission. The position is basically a joint partnership between our synod and the ELCA. Thankfully it will not require relocation.

I want you to know that I did not seek this call. I love Zion. Each Saturday and Sunday I love the beautiful sights and sounds of worshipping with you and communing together. And when I arrive at Zion each weekday, I love the beautiful sights and sounds of our childcare staff and children learning and playing together. You are all second to none…I will miss you!

The way you welcomed the rest of my family means the world to me, too. You’ve provided opportunity for my wife, Colleen, to help out with youth ministry and music through the years and you’ve helped nurture all three of our children (Chase, Clay, and Karis)! Quite simply, it’s been an awesome call…one I honestly thought I might joyfully continue until my retirement! Instead, it looks like my last Sunday at Zion will be September 17, 2017.

Regarding the rest of my family, it’s possible that Colleen and Karis might continue to worship here semi-regularly for the time-being. (I doubt that they are going to want to follow me around as I preach in a different congregation 3-4 times a month!) Plus it’s already time to start registering people for next Summer’s ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston. Colleen’s willing to organize and coordinate it again, so that it doesn’t fall through the cracks in transition. It’s also Karis’ senior year, and she loves worshipping here. So we’ll see…

Of course, this development affects the internship program as well. The intern that originally had been assigned to Zion has now been reassigned to St. John Lutheran Church in Celina. I believe he was introduced to their congregation last weekend.

From here on out we’ll all want to take some time to remember and give thanks for what, by the grace of God, we’ve been able to experience together during this period in Zion’s history. (In September’s newsletter I’ll try to include a partial list.) We’ll also want to take some time to say our goodbyes as we prepare to embrace our respective futures in God’s hands.

May the Lord continue to bless you always!

In Christ,

Pastor Kent

Email: fitunderthecollar@gmail.com


This weekend we'll look at how Jesus invites us to love. Hope to see ya there!




Due to a few technical issues we're taking a little break from online worship until we get into the new year. Thanks for your support! Stay tuned for more info.


On June 18-19 we installed the New Church Council at Zion (new terms begin on July 1st each year). Cathy Lehman is the new President. Matt Young is the President-Elect. Kim Manning is Secretary. Other At-Large Church Council members include: Laura Ball, Kurt Knott, Jackie Loescher, Lisa Price, Ted Smith along with Pastor Kent Wilson. We give thanks for the service of these leaders to their Lord and to Christ's church!


If you'd like a simple introduction to the events of Holy Week and Easter, check out this 2-page Beginner's Guide that Pastor Kent recently put together.


Pastor Kent is offering his 9-minute Fitness program to the People of Zion.

You can find all the details by clicking HERE:



Pastor Kent is putting together a series of online teaching videos/webinars on basic topics related to the Christian Faith. The first series is on the 10 Commandments. Currently available modules are below. Simply click the link for the topic of interest to you, enter your name and e-mail address, and the video will play in your internet browser.

Introduction to the 10 Commandments

The First Commandment

The Second Commandment

The Third Commandment

The Fourth Commandment

The Fifth Commandment

The Sixth Commandment

The Seventh Commandment

The Eighth Commandment

The Nineth & Tenth Commandments

Lord's Prayer Introduction


Below is a link to a written message from Pastor Kent following the Supreme Court of the United States ruling regarding Same-Sex Marriage. Click HERE to see Pastor Kent's message.

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has also written a response. It can be found here:

Lastly, back in 2009 the ELCA approved a statement/teaching document entitled "Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust." This document explores a broad-range of topics related to human sexuality and is recommended reading. You can download the document by clicking HERE.


Pastor Kent just uploaded 7-part video series called "Zion Finances 101." Segments range from 4 to 13 minutes in length, with most being on the shorter side. The segment titles and links are below:

Part 1, Zion Assets

Part 2, Zion Income Streams

Part 3, Zion's General Fund

Part 4, Zion Designated Offereings

Part 5, Zion Foundation Disbursements

Part 6, Endowment Fund

Part 7, Internship Funding












Former Zion Intern, Cindy Ritter, was Ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament (the Lutheran way of saying she will be a pastor) on Saturday, January 18th at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Toledo at 10:30 a.m. Intern Cindy is kneeling in the picture above just as gathered clergy are preparing for the laying on of hands. She has been called to serve as Pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Findlay, OH. Almost 30 Zion members attended the event. Pastor Kent served as the Assisting Minister, George Carrington read one of the lessons, a nice group of Zion members sang in the combined choir, Zion's SOAR team joined with Stony Ridge's team to sing the prologue, and Diana Schneider baked the Communion Bread. For a very nice gallary of pictures from the event, click HERE (note: you might need to have a Facebook account to view the pictures).




Between the Weekends are 5 days of LIFE – with all its pleasures and pressures, cheerfulness and challenges, delights and demands.  Through email, Pastor Kent would like to reach out with a weekly message on an everyday human-experience topic (usually with a link to a short video or audio message) for our lives between the weekends.

The first topic is entitled: "How to Love People You Don't Like."

CLICK HERE to receive "Between the Weekends" in your inbox each Wednesday.


You will receive a confirmation e-mail shortly after signing up. Please be sure to click the confirmation link in that e-mail to ensure that you receive the messages.

A link to the first topic: "How To Love People You Don't Like," will come shortly thereafter. From that point on there will be a new message each Wednesday.