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Partnering with Families

Kristin and Brian Lotthammer have lived in Buffalo for 16 years, became members of Zion in 1999 and were married at Zion in 2000.

When we first moved to Buffalo, we began looking for a church to become members of. Pastor Ed Blair had us hooked in a moment’s time.

Kristin worked as the Director of Education for Change of Mind Learning Systems, a supplemental learning center, from 2000-2005. Cargill Scholars Program was a grant based program providing tutoring for 50 socially, economically diverse students in grades 4-8 in a variety of schools in Minneapolis.

Kristin and Brian now have two children, Cate (almost 11) and, Andrew (9), as well as a one-year-old yellow lab named Sunshine.

When the grant for the Cargill Scholars program ended in 2005, Kristin made a change and stayed home with the kids. She eventually found herself working a variety of part-time jobs.

I love each and every one of them, for different reasons. I teach Silver Sneakers Classes at Fitness Evolution, I teach tumbling to toddlers and preschoolers for Tammi’s Tumbling Teddies, and I do some tutoring for children in grades K-6th grade. I am beyond blessed to say, I love and have loved all of my jobs!

Kristin has been involved with teaching Sunday school and helping with VBS at Zion for 4 years.

My love and passion for working with and teaching children has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. Getting involved in the Children’s Ministry Program at Zion seemed like a perfect fit for me and the best of both worlds…working with children and teaching them about God!

Kristin is passionate about helping build the foundations of faith that Zion’s kids will hopefully carry for a lifetime.

It’s a time for children to get together and celebrate God. A time to reinforce the teachings of Christ in which they should be learning at home. These children are our future, and the impact of faith and religion needs to be strong.

Kristin was asked to be part of the Children and Family Ministry Task Force to help create a job description for new employees on the CFM team.

As I sat in on the meetings, listened, and shared my input, I had a calling. It felt as it was all meant to be.

Kristin applied for and was hired as one of Zion’s Children’s and Family Ministry Coordinators.

I have only been a staff member for 3 months, but wow! is all I can say. It is the most welcoming, warm, atmosphere. The other staff immediately make you feel like family. It has surprised me how hard each and every staff member works at Zion, going above and beyond their call of duty. The support for one another is so evident, Zion staff is definitely a team and works together great! I am so honored and blessed to be part of this team at Zion. I love coming to work each day and experiencing something new every Sunday!

It is important to Kristin to get parents and families involved in ministry.

I feel it is our job to help keep families informed, help train them, and provide opportunities for families to interact with their children in a spiritual way. Families and the church need to have an amazing partnership and be ready for some great teamwork in raising these children.

Volunteering and being active in the community beyond Zion is also important to Kristin. She volunteers in her children’s classrooms, serves as the Volunteer Coordinator and PTO President at Northwinds Elementary, and helps with her children’s sporting events. At Zion she has also volunteered in the Food for Friends ministry.

Kristin also enjoys family time, running, exercise classes at the health club, hiking, biking, enjoying the lake, anything outdoors (except for this winter), spending time with friends, and going on vacation.