Staff

Pastor CJ Valenti

CJ loves being a Lutheran. While the world leaves us so beat up, she really appreciates the Lutheran framework of Grace and the space to wrestle and struggle and ask questions. She works to create worship space that is inclusive, comforts and challenges.  She could not imagine trying to live by faith alone and really appreciates the authentic community Zion offers. While she never imagined being a pastor, this work continues to bring hope and purpose to her life.

Before joining Zion in May 2018, she was the pastor at Salem Lutheran in Dalbo, MN from 2014-2018. Before that she was up north on the prairie at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, MN. She has a MDIV from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and a BSW from Capital University in Columbus, OH. She is passionate about being outside, working for justice, committed to the lifetime work of learning how to love people and herself. She is a partner to Mike, momma to Theodore and also lives with three ridiculous pets- Robi the dog and Sammie and Bruce the cats in Northeast Minneapolis.

Allison Peterson

Allison is honored to serve Zion as a pastoral intern for the next several months. She is currently a student at Luther Seminary in the accelerated MDiv program.

Allison lives in Blaine with her husband Bruce and three of their four adult children. She spent over twenty-five years as a substitute teacher and is entering her third career with a prayerful heart. When Allison isn’t reading and writing papers for seminary, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, quilting and keeping herself busy with other handicrafts. Allison’s second home has been Lyric Arts Main Street Stage Theater in Anoka, where she recently ended her third season as an assistant stage manager.

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