Our Staff

Transiton Pastor

As our Transition, Pastor Ken preaches and teaches, well as leads our staff, connects with Open Arms, and oversees Celebrate Recovery. 
Scott Barkdull, sbarkdull@gmail.com

After several years of preparation, study, and training, Scott was commissioned as a deacon on October 27, 2013.  He assists with the leading of a weekly service at the Pioneers Home, and he makes himself available for assistance to the church's needs.  He is now Ordained and has been called to be a Pastor here at Zion 

SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR                                                                                                   Susan Matchael, smatchael@zionfairbanks.org

Susan takes care of the day-to-day business operations of Zion and makes sure that everything is running smoothly. 


Maria serves as the director of Open Arms Child Development Center, which is a ministry of Zion Lutheran and has connected facilities with Zion.


Janice Witt

The church office phone is 907-456-7660. 

Heather Koch,  Hkoch@zionfairbanks.org.

Heather coordinates education areas like Sunday School, VBS, Youth activities and such. You can reach her by calling the church office phone is 907-456-7660 or her email:

Dan & Cheryl Treakle,  treakle@mosquitonet.com.

Dan & Cheryl work to assess what areas of ministry people are most interested or gifted in and then find a place for them to serve. 

Church Sexton


Board of Elders

Leadership Council

Open Arms Board of Directors

Chair, Bill Galbraith President, Craig Robinson Presidents,Sherry Young
Seat A1, Bret Helms Vice Pres, Brian Cade Vice Pres, Hank Grant
Seat A2,Bill Fisher Treasurer, Randy Weaver Treasurer, Debbie Gross
Seat B1, Dave Butherus Secretary, Mike Laughlin Secretary, Jackie Barkdull
Seat B2, vacant. Seat A1,Karl Braun Members At Large:
Seat C1, David Gerdes Seat A2, Tony Johansen Rachel Galbraith           
Seat C2, Mark Greer Seat B1, vacant Tammi Weaver
  Seat B2, Laura Gillen Jen Shelton
    Cindy Helms