Staff


Pastor Curtis Deterding

Senior Pastor

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 2 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!

email: Curtisdeterding@hotmail.com


Cherie Jacobs

Office Coordinator

Cherie was born in Orange Park, Florida and moved to Fort Myers. She and her husband Mark live in Cape Coral with his daughter Amber. Cherie has two daughters, Sarah and Rebekah, who both live with their husbands in Lehigh Acres. Cherie has been on Zion’s staff since July 2009.

email: Cherien@zionfm.org


Noelle Elforth

Bookkeeper

Noelle lived in Huntington, NY and moved to Florida in 1987. She received a BSBA from the University of Central Florida in 1993. Noelle and Derek have three children and have been members since December 2011. Noelle has been on Zion’s staff since November 2011.

email: Noellee@zionfm.org


Beth Wallace

Early Childhood Center Director

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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.

email: Bethw@zionfm.org


JoAnn Deterding

Office Receptionist

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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 3 grandchildren. Jo Ann has been on Zion’s staff since February 2015.

email: Joannd@zionfm.org


Lynda W. Hagman, PhD, RN

Parish Nurse and Stephen Leader

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Lynda has been a registered nurse for over 36 years. Some of experience includes Cardiac Intensive Care both surgical and medical, Care/Case management, Hospital-wide education and nursing education at three universities around the country, most recently at FGCU. She’s blessed to serve the people of Zion as their Parish Nurse, Chair of the Health Ministry Council and a Stephen leader.

email: drlhagman@msn.com


Matthew Krupick

Property Management Supervisor

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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.

email: Mattk@zionfm.org


Rev. Dr. Donald F. Hinchey

Winter Pastor

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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.

email: dfhinchey@aol.com