Hillsboro, MO

Staff and Leaders

Mark Harriss


Pastor Mark is in his second year of ministry at Zion.  Pastor Mark graduated from Concordia Seminary in 2016 and accepted Zion’s call.  Pastor Mark, his wife Rebecca, and their daughter's Elsa, Abigail, and Magdalene live in the church Parsonage located on church grounds.  Pastor Mark’s office hours are M-T 9am-2:30pm.

Tim Krysl


Tim has been a member of Zion for 35 years.  He has served Zion in many of the possible lay-leader roles.  From teaching Sunday School to serving as President of the congregation, Tim can almost always be seen working at Zion.  Tim is a teacher in the Festus R-6 School District where he teaches U.S. History and coaches XC and Track & Field.  His hobbies include shotgun reloading, turning wrenches, hunting, reading, and gardening.  Tim, his wife Tracy, and their four children Loralei (5), Henry (3), Jillian (1), & Genevieve (1) reside in Festus.

Al Christ

Community Action Coordinator

Al is a lifetime member of Zion who has served in every possible lay-led capacity!  Currently Al's work focuses on Zion's mission of being the serving arm of Jesus Christ in the Hillsboro and surrounding communities.  Through the Beautiful Feet Project and Gracy Day, we continue to serve those in need with the love of Jesus Christ while looking for other ways to be of service as well.  Contact Al if you know  of a community need that Zion may spread the Love of Christ to.


George Keller



Wally Kautzner



Wally enjoys being around his family and wood-working. 

Mike Rolla


Mike is a lifelong Lutheran who grew up in Western Pennsylvania.  He moved to Missouri in 1982 and to Hillsboro in 2000.  He became a member of Zion on April 29, 2001. Since then, he has been on Zion’s Board for Mission Outreach, Board of Elders, Vice President and President.  He works as a Business Analyst for DXC Technology (formerly Computer Sciences Corporation).  In the past, he worked for General American and Express Scripts.  He is a member of the Gideons International.  He enjoys technology, old movies and trivia.  While he loves and cherishes his relatives in Pennsylvania, he also considers his friends here at Zion to be his family.

Jeremy Forsythe



Jeremy has been a member of Zion for 5 years.  His is an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, and St. Louis Blues.  Jeremy enjoys fellowship with his Zion family and friends, studying Lutheran doctrine, scenic excursions in his convertible, and vacationing in Gulf Shores, AL.  He works as a production chemist in the microbiology department of a chemical manufacturing company in St. Louis.  He and his wife Robin have been married 15 years and reside in Festus..

Steve Christ


Steve is a lifelong member of Zion. He and his wife Eva reside in Hillsboro on their farm with their three children Cody, Emile, and Owen.  Steve works in a crushed limestone quarry and runs his family farm.  Steve has served Zion in a wide array of leadership roles including President, Elder, Sausage Dinner organizer, and board of finance.  Steve's hobbies include hunting, fishing, and grilling!

David Hamdorf




Shirley Leonard

Office Secretary

Shirley is a lifelong member of Zion who has served in multitude capacities: Sunday School teacher and superintendent, chair of the Ladies Aid, member and secretary of the Voters Assembly, & member of the choir.  She presently serves as Zion’s Church Office Secretary.  Additionally, she has worked as  a librarian at Jefferson College, for over 32 years.  Shirley and her husband, David, reside in rural DeSoto; proud grandparents to eight wonderful grandchildren.