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Pastor Kari Bahe

Rev. Kari L. Bahe

Senior Pastor

Senior Pastor

I count it a privilege to serve Zion during this time of transition and dreaming. As a senior pastor, I am charged with helping congregations ready themselves for their next chapter of mission and ministry. I love being a part of the visioning and being bold with congregations as they listen for the challenges and opportunities of God’s preferred future ministry of the congregation.

My duties at Zion include … 

  • Preaching, teaching, administration of the Sacraments, pastoral care, strategic planning, transition bridging, and worship leadership.

  • Providing leadership for the Church Council, Staff, Congregation, and Committees during transition time.

  • Chief Encourager and supervisor for Staff in their ministries.

My favorite thing about working at Zion is …

Zion is a mission-driven, fun-loving group of God’s people who care for one another, God’s ways, and the community. I love Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings at Zion when we gather together for worship and when the building is full of young adults who gather for Middle School and High School ministries. I also love working with such a dedicated and talented staff. It is difficult to name only one favorite thing about working at Zion!

My Family … 

My husband, Brad and I have been married for over 25 years and we have one adult son, James. Brad works in the outdoor industry which works well since we both love to hunt, fish, and be outside. Festus is our chocolate lab who thinks he should be able to go everywhere we go.

When I’m not at Zion, you can find me…

Either outside, reading a book, or LOUDLY cheering at Gopher’s sporting events.

My favorite Bible Verse …

My Confirmation scripture was Romans 8:31-39 it holds a special spot in my heart since it was also my Grandmother’s confirmation scripture passage. These verses are also a favorite because St. Paul asks questions [I love it when people ask questions about faith and/or scripture!] and then, almost in the same breath, Paul gives an emphatic answer about God’s relentless grace and love toward us.

Something you might not know about me …

I still “wish” for a horse every year on my birthday prior to blowing out the candles on the cake.

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