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.
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