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About Us | Zion Lutheran Church, Hollidaysburg, PA

About Us

Welcome to Zion Lutheran Church in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. We invite anyone and everyone to join us in Christian worship, learning, fellowship, giving and witness.

Who We Are…

We are Zion, We are Lutheran, We are the Church

But what does that mean?

We are Zion: We are a congregation, a worshiping community, a people gathered around Word and Sacrament in Praise and Thanksgiving to God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

As a congregation we trace our founding back to 1803 — not in our current location, but down the road in Frankstown. The congregation of Zion later moved to Hollidaysburg and built the current main structure in 1853 at one of the most prominent intersections in town,  just across from the County Courthouse.

We are a congregation that built around a common purpose:

  • “We are a congregation called by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to Proclaim Jesus Christ to each other and all the world. Therefore we are a community of faith, gathered around the Word and Sacraments to worship our Lord, learn His will, and live our faith in prayer, witness, and service to others.”

We are a congregation that has established a structure and leadership and called Pastors to this place in order to fulfill our purpose.

We take the name Zion from the Scriptures as a place where God is made known, spiritual home.

We pray that God is made known to you through our congregation, and that Zion may be your spiritual home.


Zion Lutheran Church Exterior, Hollidaysburg, PA

(Union Street Entrance)

We are Lutheran: We are a congregation of the ELCA (the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). We are Christians who trace our teachings through those of Martin Luther (1483-1546), a German theologian and pastor, as a reformer in Christianity. We accept the Book of Concord as a true exposition of the Christian Faith, especially the Augsburg Confession as a foundational document in establishing a distinct Lutheran movement within the whole Church.

Lutherans see the world through the Cross -where Christ who is God incarnate took on our darkness and pain, dying for forgiveness of sins, and defeating the power of death. In the Cross, we see God and His power clearly. We see that we are sinners in need of forgiveness, but we also see that God has forgiven us.

Lutherans baptize (babies and adults, since Jesus commanded us to baptize ALL people) in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit to incorporate into the Body of Christ, the family of God, the Church, the forgiven people. In Baptism, the Word of God joins with the water in order to promise to us all of these things.

Lutherans celebrate Communion -where God comes to us as the true presence of the Body and Blood of Christ, the bread and wine broken and poured out for us. We remember the sacrifice of Jesus, we receive Christ’s presence, and we receive a foretaste of the Kingdom of Christ. We practice an open table, at which all the baptized who desire communion with the presence of Christ are welcome to come and receive.


We are the Church: Larger than any congregation, or even any denomination, the Church is the Body of Christ      (1 Corinthians 12:27). We are those called and gathered by the Holy Spirit to love and worship God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — and do His Will.

This Church is universal and ancient, yet alive wherever the Gospel is proclaimed and Sacraments administered. We look to Scripture to inform and inspire our faith.

Some of the earliest statements of the Faith we share as the Church are what are called the Ecumenical Creeds- the Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. These simple words have served for centuries as a basic confession of what it means to be Christian.

As a congregation, we are simply the local gathering of the church that numbers more than a billion people across the globe! And that is just those currently living- the Church also includes every Christian who has ever or will ever live!

Pastors and Lay Leaders

      James Rill, Intentional Interim Pastor

Ryan Custead, Youth Ministry Director

Joni Hammaker, Administrative Assistant

Scott HesleyScott Hesley, Sexton/Custodian

9/15/11 By Gary M. Baranec

Gail Nedimyer, Organist

Donna Hymes, Organist

Doug Rhodes, Organist

April TarantineApril Antell Tarantine,  Choir Director


Lisa Beegle, Choir Music Assistant