A 1981 graduate of Concordia College, St. Paul, Minnesota, I started my career as a 9th Grade teacher and the Athletic Director of Holy Cross Lutheran School in North Miami, Florida. I then continued my education at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, graduating in 1987 with my Masters of Divinity and received my Doctor of Ministry degree in 2005 and have served parishes in Ohio, North Carolina, Minnesota, Illinois and now here at Zion Lutheran Church.
I married my “best friend in the world” Jo Ann on April 3,1982. Together, we have been blessed with 4 daughters and a son, and now 5 grandchildren.
I love playing and officiating soccer, enjoying good food and drink with family and friends, playing fantasy football, Goliath Grouper fishing and spending vacations with family!
Youth and Family Minister
A 2001 graduate of Concordia University in Seward, NE, with a degree in ministry, I have served at churches in Iowa and Florida working with youth, children, families, and young adults. I love what I do, spending time getting to know people, and sharing God’s love with them.
In my free time I love playing golf, going to the beach, and hanging out with my friends.
Cherie was born in Orange Park, Florida and moved to Fort Myers. She and her husband Mark live in Lehigh Acres. Cherie has two daughters, Sarah (Devin) and Rebekah, who both live in Lee County, Florida. Cherie has been on Zion’s staff since July 2009.
Donna Chase is a Ft. Myers native. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Business. This is where she met her husband, Tom. Together, they have two adult sons, David (Victoria) and Bryant. Donna has been bookkeeping part-time for her husband since 1988. Donna has been on Zion’s staff since November 2017.
Early Childhood Center Director
Beth was born in Grove City, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Slippery Rock University and also went back to school to get her Lutheran Teaching Certificate from the Concordia Colloquy Program. Beth and Randy have two sons Cam, who is in college at Heidelberg University with a double major in Education and Theatre and plays football for the Berg. Mac, who teaches and coaches football at Cypress Lake High School. Beth has been on Zion’s staff since July 2010.
JoAnn was born in Staten Island, NY. She graduated from Wagner College with a B.S. in Elementary Ed. She went back to school to get her Lutheran Teaching Certificate from the Concordia Colloquy program in St. Paul, MN. Jo Ann and Pastor Curtis have 5 children and 5 grandchildren. Jo Ann has been on Zion’s staff since February 2015.
Director of Parish Music
Jacob is a 2020 graduate of Concordia University in Seward, NE, with degrees in Church Music and Music Education K-12 (Lutheran Teachers Diploma). He has a passion for continuing to study music, and using it to praise God in worship and connect with others.
Jacob enjoys spending time with friends and family, exercising, playing soccer, and going to the beach!
Property Management Supervisor
Matt was born here in Fort Myers, Florida and has since worked for the Lee County School District. Matt and his wife Fiona have two children. Matt has been on Zion’s staff since November 2009. Matt continues to show what it means to have passion for the Lord and his children.
Donald is contracted for “half time” service during the “snowbird” season to assist with preaching, leading worship, teaching Bible classes and making calls. Pastor Don previously served for 36 years as Senior Pastor of Our Father Lutheran Church in Centennial, Colorado, where he was the original mission developer in 1974. He retired from that congregation in 2010 and has served an intentional interim at First Lutheran Church in Gainesville, FL. Pastor Hinchey was born in Rochester, NY, and has a Master’s Degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and a Doctor of Ministry from Christ Seminary. St. Louis. Pastor Hinchey is married to Margaret (Rickers) Hinchey who serves as a volunteer DCE at Zion. They have three daughters and two grandchildren. Pastor has been on Zion’s staff since December 2014.