Zion is blessed with a strong staff, all of whom work part time to provide an interesting and competent mix of gifts.

Dave Daubert, Pastor (Minister of Word and Sacrament)

Dave has been pastor at Zion since 2003 when he came here while working as the Director for the Renewal of Congregations for the ELCA national offices in Chicago. He enjoys preaching, teaching, music and spending time with people. Dave is also the lead consultant for Day 8 Strategies, where he works with congregations and leaders across the US and Canada to help renew congregations and equip leaders for God’s mission. A former engineer, he holds two Master’s degrees from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and a Ph.D. in Theology from the Graduate Theological Foundation. You can email him at PastorDave@ZionElginIL.org 

Marlene Daubert, Rostered Deacon (Minister of Word and Service)

Marlene also came to Zion in 2003 when she and Dave arrived as a team to help renew the congregation. Prior to that she was an accountant and then a social worker. Her work involves engaging the congregation to be active in the local community as well as teaching, caring for people, and occasional preaching. A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, she also has a Master in Social Work from the Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in Theology from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. You can email her at DeaconMarlene@ZionElginIL.org

Gary Anliker, Office Secretary

Gary came to Zion in 2004 after retiring from Hewlett Packard. He brings a persistent nature and technical gifts to make the office run well and to accomplish amazing things on the computer – from print documents to spreadsheets and using insights and techniques he develops to accomplish what we need, Gary is able to keep the office working efficiently and to produce excellent work to help the congregation carry out God’s work together. Email him at ZionElgin@Yahoo.com

Mandy Garcia, Lay Ministry Coordinator

Mandy is the coordinator of the many ways that people get involved in ministry at Zion. She directs Sunday morning involvement, encourages weekday ministries, and is also helping administer our spiritual gifts work and small groups. Mandy brings a wide variety of talents and abilities to her commitment to the church. The owner of Color Word Creative, she has gifts for communications and design work. She also brings a strong interest in worship and music. You can reach her at amanda@colorwordcreative.com

Jeff Grosser, Music Director (Late service)

Jeff is a musician and uses his musical gifts to lead the late Sunday morning worship service  - usually using his gifts for music leadership and his outstanding work on the guitar. Jeff both plays guitar to lead our music team at that service and directs the Praise Team, who use their vocal gifts to lead worship and perform worshipfully. A piano tuner, Jeff is committed to musical gifts being used to make the church and the community a better  place.

Gary Hillquist, Music Director (Early Service)

Gary is a retired music teacher and his talents for both performing and leading others as they use their musical gifts is evident. He plays the organ at the early Sunday morning worship services and also directs the choir at that service. Gary is a also uses his music to do special things in the community like play during the holidays at local nursing homes and retirement communities.

Betty Lopez. Nursery Attendant

Betty brings her compassion and experiences to her work as our Sunday Nursery Attendant. A wonderful person to spend time with young children, she works at both the early and late services in the nursery. She is also exploring her career in social work and has good gifts and compassion for caring for others – a perfect gift set for providing high quality care for your young ones during worship!