Youth & Children

Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as theseMatthew 19:14

Birth-Grade 5 Calendar Grade 6-12 Calendar Ministry Links

  • Youth Ministry Task Force

    The Youth Ministry Task Force is in the process of evaluating Zion’s current and future Youth Ministry program and practices. After 10 years of good stable leadership, it is time to think about future youth ministry by identifying key components of Zion’s next stage of ministry to and with youth. Part of the Task Force’s responsibilities will be to do the groundwork needed to begin the search process for a new leader for Zion’s Youth Ministry. The idea is to ... more
  • New Interim Youth Director

    Cory Ramel, Interim Youth DirectorCory Ramel is Zion’s new Interim Youth Director. He will be helping to support the high school ministry program at Zion for the rest of this school year by connecting with senior high youth, providing leadership for Graceland youth group, and leading communication about youth ministry. Cory lives in Shoreview with his wife Sara and their three children (Isaac, Megan, and Claire). He attended Hastings High School where he played football and baseball, and Gustavus Adolphus College, where he didn’t play any sport ... more
  • Passion for Youth Ministry

    I have had the opportunity to go on many mission trips with the youth. On every trip I have seen God’s work through these young people.Jim Onstad has been a constant in Zion’s youth ministry for 16 years, working alongside five youth directors and hundreds of youth. Jim was born and raised in Spring Grove MN, in the old Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Faith Lutheran of Black Hammer. It is a small country church located north of Spring Grove. My parents diligently brought me to church, Sunday school, confirmation and Vacation Bible School. I have many great memories of that church! Jim’s mother was a big influence on ... more

Grade 6-12

Confirmation (grade 6-8)
UpGrade Youth Group (grade 6-8)
Class Ring Handbells (grade 6-8)
Graceland Youth Group (grade 9-12)
Youth Choir (grade 6-12)
Friday Breakfast Crew (grade 9 and up)
TIM Team

Youth Ministry Calendar
Middle School Facebook Page
High School Facebook Page


Vacation Bible School (age 3-grade 4)
Zion Day Camp (age 5-grade 5)
Bible Camp at Wapo (grade 2-12)
Summer Stretch (grade 4-8)
Soul Sisterhood (grade 1-5)


Kirsten Kelly
(birth-grade 5)

Cory Ramel
(grade 6-12)

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