Sonya Stauffer Kurtz, Pastor
Sonya Stauffer Kurtz is the newest addition to Zion’s pastoral staff. She will join Zion as Lead Pastor in July 2017. Sonya comes to Zion from Rochester, NY where she and her family have lived since 1997. Participation in the life of the Christian church where ever she has lived has significantly enriched Sonya’s life and shaped her identity. From childhood in Iowa, through the Shenandoah Valley (Eastern Mennonite University), East Africa, Idaho, and upstate New York, the church has always challenged and welcomed. Seeing God at work in many types of Christian communities over the years inspires Sonya to look for the movement of the Spirit in places we might not expect. She is excited to listen and learn together how God will continue to lead Zion to bring healing and hope to this community and beyond!
Sonya received her M.Div. from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in 2009. She has served as moderator of NY Mennonite Conference and as a District Pastor in NY Mennonite Conference. She started her working life as a geriatric social worker and holds a graduate certificate in aging studies from the University of Iowa. Sonya and her husband, Roger, have two young adult sons, Vince and Alex. They look forward to learning to know the Zion community better throughout this school year as they spend some weekends at Zion while finishing responsibilities in New York. When not driving between Zion and Rochester, you may find them laughing around the dinner table, drinking coffee with friends, or planning for the new chapters in their family life which will take place in the near future.
Beth Rauschenberger, Pastor
Beth Rauschenberger has been attending Zion since 1990 when her children, then in preschool, attended Zion’s Vacation Bible School and loved it. In August of 2002, she was called by God and the Zion congregation to fill the Director of Congregational Care role within the church. This position eventually grew to become her current position of Associate Pastor.
Family is very important to Beth, whether it is her personal family or her church family at Zion. Beth is married to Rudy, has two daughters, a son, son-in-law, and four grandchildren. When her children and grandchildren aren’t keeping her busy, she enjoys spending time visiting and caring for the Zion church family.
Throughout Beth’s spiritual journey she has learned the importance of listening to and trusting God. Beth says, “although it’s not an easy lesson and there are times I struggle and question where God is calling me, I know that God is with me: holding me when things get hard, giving me strength when I am weak, and providing words when my voice is silent.”