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 two ridiculous pets- Robi the dog and Sammie the cat in Northeast Minneapolis.

 

Amelia Lee

Amelia is exited to be joining the Zion team as office administrator.

Amelia’s email is office@zionchurchmpls.org.

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.

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