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.

Liz Timm

Liz is delighted to be joining the Zion team as office administrator.

A professional vocalist, Liz has been a choir section leader and soloist at a handful of Twin Cities area churches, as well was a wedding and funeral soloist. Her most favorite place to sing and play piano, however, is in senior living facilities.

After over a decade working in various capacities in the mental health field, Liz is excited for this new adventure at Zion. She is a proud auntie of two nephews and a newborn niece, and lives in St. Paul with her cat, Emerald. 

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Becky Sun

Born in Taipei and raised in the United States, Becky Sun started playing piano at age four. Her first musical gig was in elementary school, when she served as the accompanist for the children’s choir at her Southern Baptist church and, later, as the principal pianist during high school. She has a bachelor’s degree in French and journalism, and a master’s in linguistics. She currently accompanies several choral groups and music studios in the Twin Cities, and teaches piano. When not playing music, Becky works full-time as a content writer, editor, and French-English translator. She lives in SE Minneapolis with her husband, Mike, and has three children and two cats.