Our Church Staff

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The Rev. Dr. Michael Thomas - Senior Pastor

Pastor Thomas has been at Zion since January 2010.

His wife Tammy is a teacher in the RPS205 School District.

They have two children, Maggie and Nathan. Pastor Thomas is originally from inner city Chicago. He attended Carthage College and thLutheran School of Theology at Chicago. 


Pastoral Intern Maddy Taylor                                                        Maddy Tyler

Our 2021-2022 Intern is Maddy Taylor. 

Maddy is orginally from Chicago.   Maddy is currently a student at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque IA.  


Jolyn Hess - Office Manager

Jolyn joined the Zion staff in August 2012.  She brought many years 

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of experience with her including previous church office experience.  Jolyn has two adult children (and a son-in-law in the Air Force), and three beautiful grandchildren.  Jolyn has a positive attitude and a warm smile to all who meet her. She can be reached at zionrockford@gmail.com.


IMG 5695Robert Leonhardt - Organist (Weddings & Funeral)Robert is our organist for weddings and funerals.

He is a wonderful gift to the church.

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Jodi Beach - Music Director

Jodi is the Minister of Music at Zion and has been here since 2005. Jodi directs the Choir and leads the band once a month at the worship service for a contemporary worship style.


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Janice Forrest - WOW Coordinator 

Janice Forrest is the WOW Coordinator for our Wednesday program.

She is also the Zion Outreach "Outreach Coordinator".

She is the staff contact for the "Ruthie's Kitchen" ministry  


Kurt L Brown - Worship Media

Kurt Brown, works with the Worship Media. Sunday Worship recordings 

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are edited for quality and then placed in the past sermons page and also placed on Facebook and Youtube.           




Jeffrey Carlson- Financial Secretary, TreasurerCARLSON-JEFFREY-70

Jeffrey is a  faithful steward of the Zion's finances. He serves dilegently to keep track and guide the Church Council in the area of finances.




Shanita Baker, Custodian

Shanita Baker CustodianJoining the staff in 2022, Shanita is part-time for Zion as Custodian. We have a cleaning service that comes into the church once a week as well.

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