Lyle is a familiar and friendly face to anyone who spends time at Zion. You may have even heard him proclaim “It’s What I Do!” But if you’re still not quite sure what ‘It’ is … that’s understandable, because he has so many roles at Zion. If you ask him what it is he does, be prepared to listen for about 10 minutes while he lists everything.
Lyle has been a lifelong Buffalo area resident. His parents are semi-retired farmers, and he has three brothers who are an Air Force chaplain, a school teacher, and a computer programmer. He has been working with local kids and church events for over 30 years.
Lyle knows how to put his many gifts and skills into action. His compassion and thoughtful approach to “What comes next?” shows in everything he does.Sherilyn Burgdorf, Shared Ministry & wRight Ringers
His parents are great role models to him and lead by example, also being involved with many local organizations. Lyle’s favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 4:32:
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as God forgave you.
It’s a good way to live.
He made Zion his home church about six years ago because there are many opportunities to get involved. He enjoys working and being with people, and fills many varied roles at Zion. He is employed as a sound tech and substitute building and grounds manager, he coordinates weddings and funerals as an independent contractor, and volunteers with Wednesday suppers, events, property, children & family ministry, and local mission ministries.
In coordinating weddings, he often works with families who are new to Zion and extended families who are visiting.
It is a great way to meet and help people. I feel as if I can help make the start of a new chapter of life go more smoothly. I enjoy helping with the little things that seem like mountains, to make the day fun and happy.
He could perhaps fill a book with the stories from more than 450 weddings he’s helped with over more than 30 years.
The best is a mom lost the rings an hour before the wedding and I found them as the wedding was going on.
His construction expertise is particularly appreciated in the maintenance department.
There is nothing Lyle can’t do. He is always willing to lend a helping hand wherever and whatever is needed.
Lynn Botts, Facilities Manager
Lyle’s expertise in the construction field was of immeasurable importance when the new speaker system was installed. If it were not for his help the project would have gone over budget in both time and money. Bob Strommen, Lead Sound Tech
Lyle is invaluable in Zion’s Children’s Ministries … especially Vacation Bible School.
We didn’t keep track but I know that he put in more hours than any other volunteer due to all of his work and planning on the set and decorations. Creating the Everest set so that it was transportable (to the 2 other partner churches) took a lot of extra planning and we couldn’t have done it without Lyle’s creative and ingenious ideas.
Kirsten Kelly, Director of Children & Family Ministries
Outside of Zion, Lyle is a self-employed construction contractor and helps take care of a 160 acre farm near Lake Martha. He is a member of the wRight Ringers Community Handbell Ensemble, and a volunteer with the Timber Bay youth mentorship organization.
Timber Bay is a community group that meets a big need and it’s very rewarding to me to be able to help kids with things some of us just take for granted.
Sometimes it seems like whatever needs doing around Zion, it is something Lyle does.