Church Council

Church Council


Who I am

Erin Basta,  President

Erin is the Human Resources Director for Volunteers of America, Utah. In this role she is able to "serve those who serve" the homeless and low income clients. She enjoys working out and doing counted cross stitch. One of her favorite passages is Romans 5:3-5: We are full of joy even when we suffer. We know that our suffering gives us the strength to go on. The strength to go on produces character. Character produces hope. And hope will never let us down. God has poured his love into our hearts.

Margo Bird, Secretary
Margo was born and raised in Minnesota.  She graduated from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  She is married to Dennis F. Bird.  Retired from the Administrative Office of the Courts as a Senior Human Resources Representative in January 2011.  Her hobbies include traveling, especially with the fans of "Prairie Home Companion" and Garrison Keillor; reading and counted cross-stitch.  My favorite scripture is Hebrews 13:2  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
Fred Strohacker, Treasurer

Fred was born and raised in Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign. He is a retired Systems/Software engineer, having worked for Sperry Flight Systems, Honeywell, and L-3 Communications in Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Salt Lake City. He is married to Linda Strohacker and they have two children, Janel and Eric. Fred’s favorite pass-time in retirement is to travel and to spend time fixing up and relaxing at the family cabin in Arizona. Fred’s favorite scripture is Micah 6:8. He has showed you, O man, what is good, And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.


Volunteer Needed

Property Administration - Landscaping and building improvements and maintenance. The objective of the Ministry of Property shall be the proper preservation, maintenance, cleaning, and repair of church property and equipment

Alane Boyd, Communications
Alane is a Civil Engineer and does this to make money so she and her husband can enjoy traveling and scuba diving.  Her favorite places to dive are Dominica in the Carribean, and the Phillipines in the Pacific.  She gets a real sense of calm and a spiritual feeling being in the vast open space of the sea.  Psalm 139:9-10 is her inspiration:  If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
Diane Gardner, Worship & Music
Worship & Music
Doris Mason, Mission & Advocacy
Mission & Advocacy
Volunteer Needed

Youth - Mission trips, special services, youth events, Pre-School coordination, service projects, fundraisers, retreats, etc. The objective of the Ministry of Youth is to provide meaningful Christian activities, leadership, and opportunities for personal growth for the youth of this congregation and to collaborate with other youth groups within the Synod.

Volunteer Needed

Hospitality & Evangelism - Visitor program, Greeters, New Member classes, new connections gatherings, new member mentors, seek out inactive members. Evangelism shares the good news of Jesus Christ.The purpose of the ZELC evangelical ministry is to support and equip congregational members to personally share their faith with others; to encourage and support a hospitable and welcoming community of faith; and, to provide ways to welcome and follow-up with newcomers so that they may grow into new relationships in ZELC.

Volunteer Needed

Congregational Life - Our life together, including Fellowship, Sunday hospitality, Stewardship, and Memorial administration.  The objective of the Ministry of Congregational Life shall be to plan, coordinate, sponsor, and promote fellowship activities within our congregation.

Alyce Gross,    Faith Formation

Alyce Gross, a retired school teacher, volunteered for this ministry because Jesus tells us in John 8:31 . . . continue in my word . . . . His words are her motivation to facilitate Bible Study during Sunday School hour and in Women's Small Group. One of her favorite verses is Psalm 121: 1&2: I lift my eyes to the [mountains] from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The Bible uses the word hills rather than mountains, but here in Utah we have to change it. Time spent in the mountains, hiking and skiing, is also an important part of Alyce's continued faith formation. It is good for the body, mind and soul.