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 before retiring in order to more fully serve the church alongside Steve. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Rocky Coffin – Pastor
Rocky also works as an advertising copywriter and graphic artist for a radio broadcasting company. He pastored a small country church in Gemmell, MN, for seven years; before that he was an elder of Christian Life Fellowship in Bemidji, and student ministry leader on the campus of Bemidji State University. He’s been married to Kelly since 1986; Kelly works as an Early Childhood Family Education teacher in Blackduck and a PCA; she coordinates our Children’s Church program, runs the monthly rummage sale, and tackles projects to improve the appearance of the building. They have three sons and one daughter-in-law.
Gary Gilbertson – Expositor
Gary and his wife Bonnie have been serving God in the area since the Jesus movement on campus and the Friday night fellowship in the early ’70’s. From 1978-90 Gary was a principal elder of Christian Life Fellowship in Bemidji, and later served on the elder board of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Bemidji. He taught for many years in the Bagley school district, then was a consultant for Stellher Human Services; currently he works part time in tourist relations at the Bemidji Visitors Center. Gary and Bonnie have three sons, one daughter, three daughters-in-law, and enough grandchildren to keep the calendar busy!
Bob McKeown – Worship Director
The happy survivor of many years of teaching, Bob is newly retired! He plays guitar, leads singing, loves when he can be the drummer, and now he will have ample time to write new songs, learn more instruments, and pursue other goals. His gracious wife Kathy is a substitute teacher and freelance photographer; they have three sons, one daughter-in-law, and one grandchild.
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, six daughters-in-law, and a herd of eleven grandchildren.
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 volunteer activities in the community, including motorcycle rides for charity.