I'm Pastor Michael Schneider, an associate pastor alongside Pastor Kuether here at Zion Lutheran Church.
During college, I studied at Kansas State University, Fort Hays State University, Martin Luther College, and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. I finally graduated with my Masters of Divinity in 2013.
During school I also served one year in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico as an English teacher while we started a new congregation. As a result of my training and experience, I am fluent in Spanish. I also served in Findlay, Ohio for my vicar year.
For my first 4 1/2 years as a pastor, I was blessed to serve St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Saint Paul Park, MN. Zion is the second church I have served as a full time pastor and I have been working here since April 2018.
My wife, Hannah (Buschkopf) and I were married on 07/08/09. And the LORD has blessed us with two children, Ruth (Dec. '15) and Zechariah (Feb '18).
I have a passion for youth ministry, visual arts, and playing guitar. I also particularly enjoy encouraging people to use God's gifts to his glory.
God blessed me with an adoption into a Christian home shortly after my birth, in 1964. My hometown is Grafton, WI.
I received Christian education throughout my schooling. My Bachelor of Arts was received in 1986 at Northwestern College in Watertown, WI. My Masters of Theology was received in 1990 from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI.
Previous to my service here at Zion Lutheran Church in Crete, I have served Lutheran churches in Stanton, NE; in Appleton, WI; and in Bemidji, MN.
God has also blessed me with more than 30 years of marriage to Kristine Krause Kuether. We have four children, with our youngest still in college. Our oldest child, Christian, is married and serves in full-time public ministry as a history teacher at Michigan Lutheran High School, in St. Joseph, MI.
I consider myself wonderfully blessed to be in my 30th year of public ministry. I know that I still have much to learn from God's Word. Therefore, I never have all the answers. Yet, with St. Paul, I confess "Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known" (1 Corinthians 13:12). I pray that all our visitors at Zion Lutheran Church and those new to our church's website will be enriched by that same Word of God. This is what reminds us that we are works in progress, and at the same time we enjoy the finished work of redemption and eternal salvation, already accomplished for us in Christ. "It is finished" (John 19:30).
My name is Kelly Lash and I am the office manager at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. I was born and raised in Beecher, IL where I lived with my mom, sister and eventually my stepfather. There I attended Beecher elementary, junior high and high school where I was highly involved in Choir and Drama Club. I graduated in 2013 and I then attended Prairie State College for 2.5 years where I earned my Associate in Science degree.
While working several different jobs I spent most of my summers attending and eventually volunteering as a camp counselor for Camp Worship and Wonder at Pilgrim Park in Princeton, IL.
I attended St John U.C.C in Beecher all my life, but began attending Zion when I met my husband, Jacob, in 2019. I officially became a member just recently in late June 2021.
I recently married my husband Jacob Lash who is a math teacher at Illinois Lutheran High School on July 17th 2021.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends as well as our 2 cats, Penny and Tony, who we adopted in January of 2022.
Church Office: 708-672-8600