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 for many years. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Rocky Coffin – Pastor • Rocky also works as an advertising copywriter and graphic artist for a consortium of radio stations. He pastored a small country church in Gemmell, MN, for seven years; before that he was an elder of Christian Life Fellowship in Bemidji, a pastor-at-large on the campus of Bemidji State University, and spent part of ten summers as a counselor/speaker at Deeper Life Bible Camp of Blackduck, MN. He’s been married to Kelly since 1986; Kelly works as a preschool and Early Childhood Family Education teacher in Blackduck, and coordinates our Children’s Church program. They have three sons and one daughter-in-law.
Bob McKeown – Worship Director
Bob is a long-time elementary teacher at Horace May Elementary School in Bemidji. He plays guitar, leads singing, and writes songs, but he really loves when he can be the drummer! He is married to Kathy (who is a wonderful photographer and took these pictures); they have three sons and one daughter-in-law.
Wanda Willard – Office Administrator
Wanda also does bookkeeping and administrative tasks for two businesses in Bemidji. She lives on a farm with her husband, Bruce. They have six sons, five daughters-in-law, ten grandchildren, and one step-great-grandchild.
Joel Britt – Facilities Director
Joel’s our mighty man of maintenance, custodial care, and general upkeep of the building and property. He also keeps busy with numerous volunteer activities in the community, including the DAV and various motorcycle rides for charity.