Meet The Zion Team


Pastor James Gronbeck

I was born and raised  in Henning, MN just twenty miles from Zion. I graduated from Henning High School , Fergus Falls Community College with an Associate of Arts degree, Moorhead State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Speech Communications/Mass Communications, and from Luther Seminary in St. Paul with a Master of Divinity Degree.

I have been married to Julie (Baumgartner) Gronbeck and we have three children: Matt (Meghan) Gronbeck, Andrea (Dan) Krenz, and Kristen (Kyle) Akervik. We are the proud grandparents of three: Addyson and Mason Gronbeck, and Savannah Krenz.


Growing up I spent many summers with my cousins on Otter Tail Lake so living in this beautiful part of Otter Tail County is familiar yet still a blessing I treasure. I enjoy every minute I can spend with my grandchildren and children. Previous to Zion I served churches in Cromwell and Wright, MN.




Office Manager

Mitzi Parker

Mitzi joined Zion on April 22, 2020.  (Additional info will be forthcoming.)



Congregational Life Director

Marlene Halvorson


Choir Director &  Zion Youth n Family director

Dana Peterson


 Contemporary Music Director

Carol Brimhall