Rev. Robert G. Schmidt, Pastor
Pastor Rob has been serving Zion since the summer of 2006. Zion is blessed by his presence.
Pastor Rob resides in Freeland, with his Wife, and two of their four children.
Sara Glynn-Dishaw, Music Director
Sara Glynn-Dishaw is Zion’s music leader.
Sara got her start as a musician at the early age of 3 on the family piano, and even as a young child she enjoyed creating music for and with other. As she grew up in Bullock Creek, she excelled in music by continuing her piano lessons, playing the French horn, achieving numerous local awards and distinctions, and eventually accepting a scholarship to continue piano in college.
As a college student in the CMU school of Music, she added pipe organ to her instrumental studies. She served as Zion’s organist from 1997-2005.
Sara has also worked in the field of education, teaching music and other subjects to over 2,000 public school students and holds a Masters degree in Elementary Education from SVSU. In 2005 she was recognized by the VFW as the Elementary Teacher of the Year for the state of Michigan, largely because of her conscientious efforts to teach all of her students how to sing our national anthem and other patriotic and American folk songs, as well as the history behind those tunes.
Recently, Sara has been working to further improve her vocal ability, and is currently a soprano singer in the Harmony Diversity Choir.
Sara lives in Bullock Creek with her husband and three sons. She enjoys organic gardening, raising chickens and ducks, and is a fierce advocate for mental health awareness.
Allison Dakos, Office Manager
Allison manages the day to day operations at Zion.
A native of Ohio, Allison has been in the Great Lakes Bay Region since 2012, when she moved here for an internship with Habitat for Humanity. Allison worships at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bay City, where she is an active choir member. She also sings with the Exultate Deo Chamber Choir, and routinely makes music as a guest musician in churches all over the region.
When not at work or making music, Allison is active in the Saginaw Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce.) Allison is the Internal VP of the chapter, keeping the chapter on track administratively, managing member retention, and organizing Individual Development activities.
In her spare time, Allison enjoys gardening, quilting, and camping.
Billy Johnson, Custodian
Billy cares for custodial needs of Zion, and ensures all are welcomed to worship with a clean and inviting environment.
Billy grew up in Bay City, and has been in the area for the majority of his life. He has been blessed with six grandchildren, and spends as much time as possible with them. Billy also enjoys watching movies and playing basketball.
Renee Sullivan, Wedding Coordinator
Renee serves Zion as the Wedding Coordinator, guiding each couple though the logistics of their special day.
Renee is a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church. In addition to worshiping and being a generally active member, Renee has volunteered in the nursery and Sunday School programs.
Renee graduated from Saginaw Valley State University, was married at Zion, and has a beautiful daughter. She became the Wedding Coordinator in 2002. Since then, she has had the pleasure of assisting multiple Pastors with many wonderful couples on their wedding day. According to Renee, the best part of her role at Zion is being able to help each wedding be unique and special.