Zielinski PhotoRev. Philip Zielinski Pastor

Rev. Philip Zielinski was born, August 25, 1978.
Lutheran education has been central to the nurture of his faith, attending Lutheran elementary and high schools in the Detroit area and graduating from Martin Luther High School, Greendale, Wisconsin, in 1996.
He then entered the teacher education program at Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois.
After graduating from Concordia University (2000 BA, Secondary Ed. Vocal Music and Theology) Pastor Zielinski immediately began studies at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 2004 he graduated with the Master of Divinity (MDiv) and was called and ordained.
In service to the Church, Pastor Zielinski:
  • made two trips to Liberia, West Africa, to provide pastoral training workshops in the rural areas of the country
  • served on the Ohio District Stewardship Task Force
  • was chair of the District Convention Resolutions Committee (2015 & 2018)
  • was Circuit Visitor (2016-2018)
  • was Vicarage Supervisor
  • has been published in the Lutheran Witness, the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty, and Higher Things Magazine
  • contributed a chapter for “Duty to Defend: Defending God’s Word from those Who Misuse it in the Gun-Rights Debate
  • was delegate to the LCMS National Convention (2016, 2019, 2023), and appointed by President Harrison to the 2016 Floor Committee on Family and the 2023 Floor Committee on Structure and Administration (also serving as its secretary)
  • served as LCMS Ohio District Secretary, 2022-
In addition to the joy of serving God’s people, he enjoys spending time with his daughters, bowling, shooting sports, fostering rescue dogs, movies and media, hobby machining and woodworking, and tinkering with gadgets of all sorts.
In 2010 he travelled to Colombia to adopt his five daughters. Yuliza (2001, jew-lisa); Lorena (2003, lore-A-nah); Valeria (2004, vuh-LAIR-ee-ah); Yurledis (2005, jure-Ladies); and Yesenia (2007, jess-en-yuh). The girls attend Lutheran West, Rocky River, and three are alumnae (2023, 2022, 2020). They reside in Brunswick, Ohio.
Pastor Zielinski previously has served as: Pastor, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Van Wert, Ohio, (2010 – 2014); Vacancy Pastor, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, (2009 – 2010); Supply Pastor, Salem Lutheran Church, Sturgis, Michigan, (2006 – 2009); Admission Counselor, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana (2006 – 2009); Assistant and Associate Pastor, Christ Lutheran Church, Platte Woods, Missouri (2004 – 2006); and Vicar, Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Topeka, Kansas (2002-2003).
Degrees Held:
BA, Secondary Education, Vocal Music and Theology, Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois (2000)
M.Div. Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana (2004)
Continuing Education:
Doxology (Classic Program, Doxology II, COVID Respite Retreat, and Spotlight conferences)
Training for certification as a parliamentarian through the National Association of Parliamentarians.
Rev. Philip Zielinski, Pastor: (330)483-4119
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Rev. Chris Streeper
Pastoral Assistant

Chris Streeper was born and raised in Beaumont, TX. He graduated from Beaumont Christian High School in 1998. He served in the United States Coast Guard from 2002-2010 and the Texas State Guard from 2011-2014. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sciences from Lamar University and a Master of Arts in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. He earned a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies from Sioux Falls Seminary and is currently pursuing roster status in the LCMS.
Chris was baptized into the Christian faith in 2011. He was certified as a Chaplain in 2016 and was ordained as a minister in 2017. He has served as the lead pastor of the Medina Bible Church, and as the associate pastor of Hillside Community Church. He has worked with men’s ministry at Heartland Community Church and First Baptist Church in Medina. He served as the president of Soldiers for Jesus ministries in Ohio, and several community Bible studies. Chris conducts online evangelism by producing faith-based videos on YouTube and writing blog posts and articles for various outlets. 
Chris is married to Vauna. She is a veteran of the US Coast Guard and currently works as an advocate for victims of sexual assault. They have five children: Derek (19), Dylan (17), Bryan (16), Morgan (16) and Judah (4). They reside in Spencer and enjoy spending time gardening. Chris and Vauna are both members of the Disabled American Veterans #72 in Medina and support the efforts of several veterans’ organizations. Chris and his family are members of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Valley City, Ohio (2022).