The Staff at Zion

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 5 Pastor Dan knew what he wanted to be - a pastor. God had placed the dream of pointing others to Christ and loving them along the journey. After he graduated from Concordia Portland, long story short, he completed his vicarage at Redeemer Lutheran in Fresno, CA while completing his Masters in Theology and Culture through the CMC program at Concordia Irvine and St. Louis Seminary. His wife, Melody, fell in love with him after hearing him belt out a tune at the karaoke ministry he was leading. 

Pastor Dan & Melody have two daughters, Harmony (2) and Cadence (2 months).  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 and are excited to see the love of Christ transform lives in downtown Portland." 

In addition to serving as Pastor at Zion, Pastor Dan is a Catalyst in the FiveTwo network and leads a local gathering of mission-minded leaders called the PDX-Interstate Local.  

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Kurt & Floy Berentsen - Music ministry team

Floy Berentsen started serving as a church organist in Topeka, Kansas at the early age of sixteen.  Although her true love and passion is to create worshipful music to God’s glory and His people in worship, she has also performed organ recitals and produced a double C.D. set entitled Blow the Trumpet in Zion which is a collection of organ music based on the church year.  This was a 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 where he has served as the music-program director since 1998.  With the choral ensembles at Concordia he has conducted many presentations both domestically and internationally in such venues as Cathedral of Notre Dame – Paris, Basilica di San Marco - Venice, and Cathedral of St. Peter in Geneva.  He has conducted large works with orchestra/chorus/soloists including Messiah by Handel and Requiems by Mozart, Fauré, and Brahms.  Domestically, he has conducted in venues such at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City (with Floy as the accompanist) as well as hundreds of churches and schools throughout the United States. 

They have served as the music ministry team at Zion Lutheran Church in Portland since 2007.  

Denise pillette - office manager

Denise was baptized, attended Sunday School, and Confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Chehalis Washington where she grew up.  She graduated from Concordia College and continued her education at WSU where she earned a degree in Interior Design.  Denise moved to Portland after graduating and started her design career first at Benedicts Display, then on to Fred Meyer and finishing her career at Commercial Design Systems.  Denise has been Zion’s Office Manager for the last three years.

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

Denise is blessed with a close family which includes a brother, Brian, his wife Lori and daughters Janae & Chelsea, a sister, Kerrie, her husband Joe Carlson and daughters Shawna & Dana.


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

Pastor Metzler was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. He early felt the call to pastoral ministry, and attended Concordias at Bronxville, Fort Wayne, and St Louis toward that goal. He met his wife Mary in Walther League at Trinity Lutheran in Springfield. Mary trained as a nurse at Deaconess Hospital in Boston. On their 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. 

Their 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 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 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 his neighborhood association.

After retirement, Metzler did some adjunct teaching and vacancy pastorates; he currently serves River of Life congregation in Troutdale, Oregon. He continues to serve as German ethnic pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Portland, 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, who earned his doctorate at Penn State in Sport Psychology and is now working with the military at Fort Hood, Texas; and Brad, also a Concordia graduate, who works in Information Technology services at Concordia, Portland. 

The Metzlers are members of St Michael’s Lutheran in Portland and enjoy travel and music.  Pastor Metzler has played accordion all his life, and enjoys playing improvisational jazz piano, skiing and golfing. The Metzlers reside in Vancouver.