Worship Staff

Reverend Lucas Woodford


Rev. Dr. Lucas V. Woodford has been the Sr. Pastor of Zion since 2005. He is married to his wife Becca (1998) and they have six beautiful children—four girls and two boys: Isabella (“Bella”, 2003), Thaddaeus (2007), Aletheia (2009), Ekklacia (“Klaci,” 2011), Soteria (2014), and Titus (2017). He is an avid reader, hunter, and outdoorsman, enjoys talking theology and politics, and is passionate about proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ and reclaiming family virtue for the good of society and the growth of God’s Kingdom. Pastor Woodford has two master’s degrees (M.Div. 2002; STM 2003) from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and received a Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Outreach from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne in 2011. He is the author of the book, Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession? The Mission of the Holy Christian Church, along with other professional journal articles, and regular contributions to The Lutheran Witness and is a frequently invited speaker. Pastor Woodford serves the MN South District of the LCMS as 2nd Vice President. He also serves on the Synod’s task force on sexuality, is a spokesman and supporter of Lutherans in Africa (LIA), serves as a Fellow for DOXOLOGY: The Lutheran Institute of Spiritual Care and Counsel, and most recently began serving on the Board of Regents at his undergraduate alma mater, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN (where he majored in football, and minored in his bride, Becca.) His email is lucas.woodford@gmail.com and his office phone number is 952-657-2566.
Reverend Adam Gless

Pastor Adam has been serving as Zion's Associate Pastor since 2007. He was born in Flint, Michigan, but grew up primarily in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. He graduated from Concordia University-Chicago in 2003 as well as Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri in 2007. Between degrees, he married his lovely bride Emily. The two of them have four children, Christopher, William, Nora, and Lydia. His hobbies include spending time with family, playing basketball and running, grilling and cooking, and socializing while drinking coffee.

Reverend Tom Colgrove
Pastor Tom Colgrove is a retired emeritus pastor from Mt. Calvary Lutheran in Janesville, Wisconsin, and he has been serving as visitation pastor here at Zion since 2015. He grew up in Canandaigua, Upstate New York (at the head Canandaigua Lake, one of the Finger Lakes). He has a degree in history from University of California, Riverside; a Doctorate of Ministry from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana; and a Masters in Counseling from University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.  He and his wife Sandi have two children, Elizabeth and Eric. They have five grandchildren. He enjoys golfing, bicycling, cross country skiing, walking, reading, visiting, serving, and preaching.
Ashley Lieske

Ashley has been serving as Zion’s Office Manager/Secretary since September 2017. She has been a member of Zion since 2016. She has lived in Minnesota her entire life. She has a bachelors degree in Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her and her husband, Tim, live in Watertown with their son Theodore (Teddy) and two cats. She enjoys reading, cooking, and baking.  


Mr. Kirk Shipler has taught 7th and 8th grade at Zion since 2001. Kirk also directs the 5th-8th grade choir, adult choir, and vocal men's group at Zion. He grew up in Burt, IA and attended Concordia University, St. Paul, where he received his K-12 vocal and classroom music teaching degree in 1996. He and his wife Tracy live in Lester Prairie with their children Katelyn, Caleb, Samuel, and Ellie.

Email: kshipler@embarqmail.com