Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding. - Jeremiah 3:15

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Rev. Dan hues - Pastor

At the age of five, Pastor Dan knew he wanted to be a pastor. God had placed in him the dream of pointing others to Christ and loving them along the journey.  After he graduated from Concordia Portland, he completed his vicarage at Redeemer Lutheran in Fresno, CA  and his Masters in Theology and Culture through the CMC program at Concordia Irvine and St. Louis Seminary.  

Pastor Dan and his wife, Melody, have two daughters, Harmony and Cadence.  Pastor Dan and his family came to Portland in 2016 and are enthused to serve at Zion Lutheran. "Our desire as a family in mission is to live justly, love mercy and walk humbly with Jesus.  We are excited to see the love of Christ transform lives in downtown Portland." 

In addition to serving as Pastor at Zion, Pastor Dan is currently serving as adjunct professor at Concordia University in Portland and Chairman of the Oregon Pastor’s Conference.

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Kurt & Floy Berentsen - Music ministry team

Floy Berentsen started serving as a church organist in Topeka, Kansas when she was   sixteen.  Although her passion is to impart meaningful music to God’s glory and for His people during worship, she has also performed organ recitals and produced a double CD set entitled Blow the Trumpet in Zion, a collection of organ music based on the church year.  This was done as part of Zion’s 125th anniversary celebration.

Kurt is a rostered / commissioned minister in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  In addition to serving Zion Lutheran Church, he also teaches and directs choirs at Concordia University Portland, serving as the Music-Program Director since 1998.  He has conducted many choral presentations, both domestically and internationally, in such venues as Cathedral of Notre Dame – Paris, Basilica di San Marco - Venice, and Cathedral of St. Peter - Geneva.  He has also conducted works with orchestra/chorus/soloists including Messiah by Handel and Requiems by Mozart, Fauré, and Brahms.  Domestically, he has conducted at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City (with Floy as the accompanist) and at hundreds of churches and schools throughout the United States. 

Kurt and Floy have served as the music ministry team at Zion Lutheran Church since 2007.

Denise pillette - office manager

Denise was baptized, attended Sunday School, and was confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Chehalis, Washington.  She graduated from Concordia College and continued her education at WSU, where she earned a degree in Interior Design.  Denise moved to Portland and started her design career, first at Benedict’s Display, then Fred Meyer, and finished her career at Commercial Design Systems.  Denise has been Zion’s Office Manager since 2015.

In her off time, Denise enjoys gardening, sewing, crafts, reading and entertaining, especially during the summer in her back yard.


Rev. Dr. Norman Metzler - German Pastor & Concordia University, Portland, OR Emeritus Professor of Theology

Pastor Metzler was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. He felt the call to pastoral ministry, and accordingly attended Concordia at Bronxville, Fort Wayne, and St Louis.  He met his wife Mary in Walther League at Trinity Lutheran in Springfield.  Mary trained as a nurse at Deaconess Hospital in Boston. On Pastor Metzler’s vicarage at Grace Lutheran, Eugene, Oregon, they were challenged by the needs of campus ministry, and after graduation from seminary, they moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where he completed a Master’s of Sacred Theology at Yale.  He was then accepted into a doctoral program in theology at Ludwig Maximilian’s University, Munich, which he completed in 1971. 

His first call was to the Lutheran campus ministry at Kearney, Nebraska, followed by the call to the Lutheran campus ministry at the University of Oregon. He was then called to Grace Lutheran church, located next to the University of Oregon, where he served for 12 years, until he took the call to teach at Concordia Portland. He has been active throughout his career in the American Academy of Religion, and has published extensively. Pastor Metzler’s career has included leadership positions in the American Academy’s Northwest Region, the Northwest District’s Asian Pacific Outreach Society, the Board of Holden Village (a Lutheran Retreat Center in the Washington Cascades), the German American Society of Portland, and in his neighborhood association.

In retirement, Pastor Metzler has done adjunct teaching and vacancy pastorates.  He serves as German ethnic pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, leading a monthly German worship service. Mary retired from labor and delivery nursing at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital. The Metzlers have two sons; Jonathan, a graduate of Concordia, and Brad, also a Concordia graduate. 

The Metzlers are members of St Michael’s Lutheran in Portland.  They enjoy travel and music.  Pastor Metzler has played accordion all his life, plays improvisational jazz piano, and likes to ski and play golf.  The Metzlers reside in Vancouver.