The Lutheran Church was born of a love for the truth of God and an unshakable conviction that God has revealed that truth in Jesus Christ. The Lutheran Church was also born of a love for the Church’s liturgy. At Zion Lutheran Church you will find that love.
Located in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley, only three miles north of downtown Waynesboro, Virginia, and half-hour drives from Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, we are situated in a lovely country setting. Our charming sanctuary was built in 1894 (at a cost of $2,495) Organized in 1823, Zion is a diverse congregation. In our midst you will find farmers, nurses, shop workers, teachers, retired pastors, company administrators and executives, college students, lawyers, homemakers, white-collar and blue-collar workers, young and old, liberals and conservatives. In our midst you will find lifelong locals and recent retirees. What holds Zion together are two things: a common faith in the gospel, that is, the gracious promise of forgiveness of sins for Christ’s sake; and our commitment to the liturgy, the historic Divine Service of the Church.
When you visit Zion on a Sunday morning you will experience the traditional Christian liturgy, a worship service conducted according to a format drawn from the Bible. A worship service that Christians have used for almost two thousand years. At Zion we sing the liturgies of the Lutheran Book of Worship. The liturgy quite actually brings people God’s gospel gifts in the announcement of the forgiveness of their sins, the preaching of the Word of God, the Baptism of adults and infants, and the celebration of the Lord’s Supper for all the baptized. The liturgy sends people back into the world in fervent love toward one another and in service to the neighbor.
While worship stands central to all we do, worship is not all we do. Zion provides Christian education for all ages and in a variety of settings, from Sunday morning classes for children and adults, evening classes, and small groups. Zion is a strong and faithful participant in the CROP Walk. We have participated in projects with Lutheran Refugee Resettlement, Lutheran Disaster Relief, Disciples Kitchen, W.A.R.M., and Habitat for Humanity. Zion has in its midst some very good cooks and we are known for our delicious congregational luncheons. At 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve we hold a lovely Candlelight Service. At 8 p.m on Easter Eve we hold the spectacular Easter Vigil. At 8 a.m. on Easter Day we celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord with a festive liturgy followed by a sumptuous Easter breakfast to which we invite you and your family at no charge.
Zion is a growing congregation. In 2013 and 2014 Zion received 17 new members. That should come as no surprise. People have said that “Zion has a sense of family.” One new member said, “I felt welcomed when I first came, but not overwhelmed.” When we recently asked some new members to tell us why they joined Zion here’s what they had to say:
“I liked the message the pastor gave.”
“The people accept you for who you are.”
“Zion has excellent worship.”
"The congregation takes worship very seriously."
"We loved the fact that the congregation offered a coffee hour. It helped us get to know everybody."
“The people made me feel at home.”
If you are looking for a congregation that boldly proclaims the gospel of grace, that uses the traditional liturgy of the Church, in which your children will be welcome in worship and provided with excellent Christian education, in which you can grow in your knowledge of the Christian faith and join with others in serving those in need, then Zion Lutheran Church might be right for you. Join us for worship on a Sunday morning, a Wednesday evening, on Christmas Eve, Easter Eve, or Easter Day. Bring your family to our Easter Breakfast. See if Zion Lutheran Church is what you’re looking for.
Organized in 1823
Sanctuary built in 1894
Rev. James W. Pence
1993 to present
Recent Former Pastors
Rev. Richard Jorgensen
1989 to 1992
Rev. Robert F. Humphrey
1981 to 1989
Rev. Robert T. Hughes
1971 to 1981
Rev. James W. Sheldon
1967 to 1970
Rev. Max Huddle
1953 to 1966
Jan David Tobias
2017 Congregation Council
Donna Kay Marshall
Who We Are