Pastoral and Administrative Staff:
Steve Thompson – Pastor
Steve was one of the founding elders of Mount Zion Church in 1985. He was a math teacher in the Red Lake School School District before being called to pastor the church in 1995. He is a Vietnam vet, and also a veteran of Bemidji’s “Friday Night Fellowship” in the heyday of the charismatic renewal in the 1970’s. He’s been married to Candy since 1969; she worked as a nurse before “retiring” in order to serve the church alongside Steve. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Rocky Coffin – Pastor
Rocky worked for 30 years as an advertising copywriter and graphic artist for a radio broadcast/marketing company. He also pastored a small country church for seven years; before that he was an elder of Christian Life Fellowship in Bemidji, and a student ministry leader on the campus of Bemidji State University. His wife Kelly taught kindergarten in a small Christian school for 20+ years and currently teaches part-time in an Early Childhood Family Education program; she coordinates our Children’s Church program and oversees various aspects of our building. They have three sons and one daughter-in-law.
Bob McKeown – Worship Director
Bob is a (no-longer-)retired elementary school teacher, now taking on a full-time elementary music teacher position. He plays guitar and leads our worship team (but would rather play the drums). He has written many worship songs. His wife Kathy is a substitute teacher and freelance photographer; they have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren. On occasion, Bob and Kathy and their sons perform together as the McKeown family band, with a repertoire of oldies pop songs.
Wanda Willard – Office Administrator
Wanda also does bookkeeping and administrative tasks for a business in Bemidji, and helps oversee the family farm with her husband, Bruce. They have six sons and daughters-in-law, and a dozen grandchildren. Wanda also plays keyboard for the worship team.