About Us

About Zion Lutheran Church

Founded in 1900, Zion Lutheran Church has been serving the Manning community for over 100 years. We love proclaiming the message of salvation in Jesus Christ to the world, starting right here in our own community. We worship Jesus every Sunday morning and we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.

All our teachings and doctrines come from the Bible and we offer several opportunities during the week for you to encounter God and His love for us in Jesus. Through Bible study at church, in homes, and in some community businesses, you can learn about our Savior and His redemptive reign. Zion offers adult instruction opportunities regularly for individuals interested in joining our fellowship and for members interested in rejuvenating their faith. Together we celebrate what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

Children are a major focus of our congregation’s ministry, as Zion has an active Sunday school and Midweek education program to assist parents in teaching God’s Word to their children. Zion also maintains a Christian preschool which offers children structured activities in a Christ-centered environment. And we welcome children in worship and we celebrate their voices.

Zion rejoices to be a congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. With 6,000 other congregations nationwide, we sponsor missionaries throughout the world, promote Christian education in our nation and abroad, and walk together to spread the Good News of Jesus in our own communities.

Zion Lutheran Church is here to share Jesus with you!

Our Pastors

Pastor Jonathan Conner

Pastor Jonathan Conner graduated from Concordia Seminary St. Louis in 2004. After spending 6 years in northwest Iowa, he joined the Zion family in 2010. He and his wife, Rebecca, and their children Timothy, Josiah, Nathanael, Catherine, Gregory and Isaiah enjoy calling the Manning community and the Zion family home.

Pastor Bob Riggert

Pastor Bob Riggert and his wife Diane have lived in Manning since 1987. Pastor Riggert served as senior pastor at Zion from 1987 to 1997 when he assumed a position as Executive Assistant for Iowa District West and retired from that position in 2012. Pastor Riggert enjoys serving Zion and the Manning community as assistant to the pastor. The four Riggert children--Jennifer, Jodi, Jonathan, and Julie--were blessed to grow up in the family of Zion and the Manning community. In  semi-retirement Pastor Riggert and Diane also enjoy their grandchildren and traveling. Pastor Riggert also serves as a Lutheran Church Extension Fund consultant.

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