Our Staff at Zion


We have a program we titled KIT (Keeping In Touch). At our weekly staff meetings, we pray for different members of Zion and then let them know with a postcard. Please know that we love you and care for you just as God loves and cares for all of us. We are excited to share this with all of you and hope that you are blessed.

Zion’s church directory is now available online.



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Pastor Steve Bauerle has been the Lead Pastor at Zion for 30 years.  He is married to Amy, who is a Speech Therapist and they have four children.  Sarah is married to Chris and they have two children, Christian and Boden.  Markus is an artist and lives in Michigan and owns a glass blowing company. Erik lives in Whitehouse, OH and works at a local business in Perrysburg.  Kaylyn is a junior at BGSU.

After serving Zion for all of these years, Pastor Steve would say that he has served “Five Congregations,” in 30 years, all in one place.  When he first began in 1987, Zion was considered a rural, small town church.  It then became a bedroom ‘transient’ community church where people quickly moved in and out.  Then Zion made a commitment to no longer be a maintenance, but a missional church.  At that point our primary value was to “Make Disciples,” as Jesus commanded us to do in Matthew 28.

Pastor Steve travels to Tanzania, Africa every two years on  a medical mission trip, enjoys sports, yard work and spending as much time as possible at Lakeside Chautauqua,  a Christian resort on Lake Erie.

Pastor Steve enjoys sports, yard work, and fishing, which he will find more time to do!



John Incorvaia has been the Director of Family Ministries at Zion since the summer of 2016.  He is married to his high school sweetheart Elizabeth, who is a stay-at-home-mom and a Senior Team Leader for Usborne Books and More. They have two daughters, Eloise (3) and Penelope (2). They currently live in Sylvania, OH and will soon be looking to buy a home in Waterville, OH!

Prior to working in ministry, the Incorvaia family found themselves living all across the United States. His previous job in the construction field took them to Bismarck, North Dakota and Indianapolis, Indiana. With the masterful orchestration of plans performed by God, the Incorvaia family found themselves back in the Toledo, OH area, where John grew up.

John leads our praise band each Sunday morning at our 10:45am Praise service. He also runs and organizes our Kids For Christ Children’s Program.

He is a born and bred Ohio State Buckeyes fan, and he also loves the Chicago Bears. Anything sports, John enjoys!


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Karen Meyer is a graduate of Clay High School in Oregon (Go Eagles). She attended the University of Toledo. She’s been the Secretary at Zion for 15 years while also being a member of Zion for 25 years.

Karen has been married to Bruce for 40 years and has 3 grown children: Doug, Dan and Christie. They’ve all blessed them with 10 wonderful grandchildren, 2 boys & 8 girls (half of those are twins). Karen says it’s an honor and joy to be called Grandma!

She loves spending time with family, cooking dinner for everyone, and reading. Shes also loves to watch the cooking network and would love to be on Chopped someday.



Amy Shiffert joined our staff as Office Administrator in 2014. She grew up attending Zion and received her first communion and confirmation here.  Amy is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and a veteran of the United States Air Force. She spent her college years traveling for service and also for fun. She once went to Europe twice in the same year, and longs to return someday!

After college, she married Scott here at Zion and they moved to Fenton, Michigan. Both worked at the University of Michigan until they had their first daughter. While Scott still works at U of M, they settled back in this area to be closer to family and friends. Amy now lives in Waterville with Scott and their daughters, Betsy and Clara.

They all thoroughly enjoy adventures to new places, cooking together, laughing, and sleeping.




Jon Steingass has served as organist/accompanist at Zion since 2009.  In the 8th grade, Jon got his start playing the organ when he substituted for his home church organist who was also his piano teacher.  Since then, he has held numerous organist posts with the Lutheran, United Methodist, Episcopal, Baptist, Disciple of Christ, and Presbyterian churches in four different states.  His favorite three hymns are “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty,” “Abide with Me,” and “In the Bleak Midwinter”.

Jon holds a PhD in higher education administration from the University of Toledo (1997), an MA degree in college student personnel from BGSU (1986), and a BS degree in business from UT (1984).  He worked for nearly 25 years in various colleges and universities.

When Jon is not on the organ bench, he co-owns a janitorial company that has served northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan since 1978.



Gail Whitmer is an Anthony Wayne alumnus and now lives in the Grand Rapids, OH area.

She has worked at Zion for almost 20 years. Gail has 3 grown, successful daughters: Kari, Aimee, and Ellie. Gail is also blessed to have one granddaughter, Shelbie.


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Church Council President
Jon Rhoades

Preschool Director/Teacher
Carole Garrett

Preschool Teacher
Jody Rees

Choir Director
Tom Wardell