MINISTRY TEAM

Our desire is to encourage all people to know Jesus

and to grow deeper in relationship with Him.

  • RICK MILLER

    SENIOR PASTOR

    Rick joined the staff as Senior Pastor in 2009. Prior to Zion, Rick pastored a Covenant church in Northport, Michigan for twelve years, and before that planted a church in South Lyon, Michigan. His first call was as educator and campus pastor at a Lutheran high school in Westland, Michigan. Rick has a B.A. from Northwestern College (’83) and a M.Div. from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (’87), and is ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church. Rick is single, never married. He has four brothers, the youngest of which is also a pastor. Rick loves northern Michigan - just ask him! He enjoys all things building and architecture. He built two homes and has renovated four others, including two 1920’s bungalows.

     

    rickm@zioncov.org

  • JAY BAEHR

    YOUTH & WORSHIP PASTOR

    Jay has been on staff since 2007 and serves as the Pastor of Youth and Worship. He graduated from North Park University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Biblical and Theological Studies. He received a certificate of Worship Arts from Covenant Bible College and then a Master of Special Education from Mercyhurst University. He is the husband of a beautiful secondary English teacher, Elizabeth, and father of five energetic children: Mathis, Charlotte, Asher, June, and Theodora. 


    jayb@zioncov.org

  • DENISE DEANGELO

    DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRIES

    Denise has served in kids' ministry for twenty - plus years, and as Director of Children's Ministry at Zion since 2010. She is passionate about sharing God's love with kids, both at church and in the community, and empowering them to disciple and serve others. Denise is married to a great guy named Jon, who lovingly supports her coffee and chocolate addiction. They have three kids - Laurynn, Jon Michael, and Siena.


    denised@zioncov.org

  • CHARLES JOHNSON

    ORGANIST & CHOIR DIRECTOR

    Charles has served at Zion since August of 2015. He holds Bachelors' degrees in Music Education and Bible from Summit University and a Master's degree in Music Education from Eastern Michigan University. His musical background includes choral conducting, organ / piano performance, praise band directing, K-12 music education, and private piano teaching. He is the husband of Marci Johnson, a private voice teacher in Jamestown. They have three children: Lilly, Matthew, and Anna. He enjoys spending time with his family at Chautauqua Institution over the summer.


    charlesj@zioncov.org

  • PAMELA CAPRINO

    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

    Pam has been working in office administration and communication since 2007, but a part of Zion since 1993. She's been active in worship, outreach and women's ministry, and is also a pianist and songwriter. As a single mom she's raised three awesome young adults - Gabriel, Josiah and Clare. Prior to moving to Lakewood she was the Teacher/Director of a Christian School in Cattaraugus, New York, and has a Bachelor of English/ Elementary Education from Roberts Wesleyan College.


    zionchurch@zioncov.org

  • JILL SPITZER

    CHILDREN & FAMILY MINISTRIES' ASSISTANT

    Jill has been Denise's assistant in Children's Ministry since the fall of 2011, helping keep all the details in order. She's married to Nick, who is a Phys Ed teacher at Sinclairville Elementary School. Jill has a Bachelors in Psychology from SUNY Brockport, which helped prepare her for life with FIVE daughters: Annika, Mattie, AJ, Joelle, and Alaina.


  • Andi smeltzer

    PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR

    Adrianne ( 'Andi' ) has been on staff since 2009, directing our growing, full day Preschool. Andi graduated from Geneva College with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education, and from Slippery Rock University with a Master's in Reading Diagnosis & Remediation. She's the mother of four incredible children - Jonathan, Mark, Cathryn, and Benjamin - and lives at home with her two dogs and cat. 


    andis@zioncov.org

  • Dan Soderberg

    IMPACT CAMPUS FELLOWSHIP DIRECTOR

    Dan is an ordained Covenant Pastor, serving as the Executive Director of Impact Campus Fellowship in our region, with an office at the church. While Pastor Dan is not officially on staff at Zion, he is very active on our ministry team. He's the main teacher of our Confirmation classes, helps with some aspects of worship on Sunday mornings and with the visitation ministry. Dan graduated from North Park Theological Seminary and loves serving the Lord in our schools and here at Zion. He and his wife Karen have four adult children - Chris, David, Heather, and Mark.


    dans@zioncov.org

  • JUDY SNOW

    CHURCH CUSTODIAN

    Judy has been keeping the church clean for over ten years, since the summer of 2006. She has volunteered for children's ministry in nursery and preschool, and always helps with Vacation Bible School. Currently Judy is on the Mission Team, helps with Hospitality and is a welcoming presence in the preschool. She and husband, Tim, and their two teenagers, Shelby and Josh, reside in Frewsburg.