Meet Our Vicar
Vicar Lisa Rygiel

Vicar Lisa Rygiel was born and reared in Tennessee but has lived in many different places including Oklahoma, Texas, New York, Louisiana, and now Trinidad, Colorado.  She was installed as Vicar at Zion’s Lutheran Church on Oct. 31, 2022, and began her formal call of service in January 2023.  Vicar Lisa has served as a lay leader in the ELCA church since 2015. 

She spent most of her working life as a Certified Safety Professional and recently retired from that position to dedicate herself to full-time ministry.  Vicar Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene and Safety from the University of Houston and a Master's in Business Administration from Keller School of Management.  

She received a Certificate of Biblical Studies in 2021 from Liberty University and currently is attending Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in preparation for ordination.  

Musings from Our Vicar

I am pleased to serve this amazing church community!  Like many of us who worship at Zion’s, I grew up in a different denomination.  And, although I have always been involved in some manner in other churches (choir, Sunday School teacher, etc.), I was never called to ministry until I found the Evangelical Church of America (ELCA).  

The values of this organization mirror my own and allow me to serve wholeheartedly and without reservation. These values are grounded in faith, in our biblical and Lutheran confessional sources and our love of God and neighbor. They speak to the way this church lives and practices our faith, and they will guide how we journey forward in Christ as church together. Those values are: 

  • Forgiveness and reconciliation 
  • Dignity, compassion, and justice 
  • Inclusion and diversity 
  • Courage and openness to change 
  • Faithful stewardship of God's creation and gifts 

Does that sound like a church you would be interested in?  I hope so.  

You can learn more about the ELCA from their website.  Or Come and See (John 1:39) by joining us in worship at 10:00 am on Sunday. 

You are welcome as you are, and you will be loved! 

God’s peace, Vicar Lisa Rygiel

Meet Our Team

Everyone is a participant in God's ministry but here are a few people who lead our congregation:

Lisa Rygiel -- Vicar

Julie Wersal -- Church Council president

Carol Smith, Peggy Gustafson, Mike McNeil, Julie Wersal -- Worship Leaders

Jo Moss -- Assistant to the Pastor/Vicar and Newsletter & Bulletin Editor


Church Council:

Julie Wersal, president

Peggy Gustafson

Norine Hazen

Cherie Holder

Joni Jones

Paula Little

Mike McNeil

Carol Schulzkump

Jeff Smith

Standing Committees:

5 Loaves/Thanksgiving — Norine Hazen, lead

Altar Preparation — Kathy Nicolai, lead

Angels in Aprons/Birthday Cards — Lynn Chase, lead

Building & Grounds — Julie Wersal, oversight

Communications/Social Media — Lisa Rygiel, lead

Communion Bread — Cherie Holder

Flower Guild — Lynn Chase, lead

Prayer List/Warriors — Carol Smith, coordinator

Safety & Security — Jeff Smith, lead

Webmaster -- Jo Moss, lead

Women's Bible Study Leader -- Carol Smith

Worship & Music — Lisa Rygiel, lead

Worship Assistants — JoAnn Karspeck, Coordinator

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